A Sicilian Retreat: Mt. Etna’s Beauty Beyond Threat

Lyndsay Cabildo 10 June 2014 1 comment


Sicilian Timeless Beauty

It was initially a trip to see places where they shot “The Godfather” but when my fiance, me, and his mother decided we will do better than that trip. We were on an amazing cruise ship and we signed up for the excursion they offered to 2 of the nicest town in Sicily. They call it, Castelmola and Taormina.

Our amazing tour guide brought us first to the town Castelmola, it was a steep and windy road with beautiful view, without even worrying what side of the bus you chose to sit as the beauty presents itself before your eyes whenever the bus turns on its zig-zag path while working its way through the tiny (it really is tiny) adrenaline pumping turns especially whenever there’s a mini-car passing by. I realize that driving mini cars in Italy is a necessity to survive a one-way like, 2 way winding steep roads. We took advantage the photo ops we have while the driver was skillfully doing a great job to get us all safe through that road, the green mountains contrasting the deep blue water where our ship was tendered, the clear sky, perfectly matched by the perfect beauty of Mt. Etna. A gorgeous looking active volcano. It sits there peacefully like a queen blowing smokes that made it look like snow capped mountain at a first glance, and its breath taking beauty will mesmerize almost every nature lovers known to man.

A Hidden Dragon Beneath Mt. Etna

I think Mt. Etna is a beauty with a very subtle threat, but the locals are not threatened but instead turn every threatening aspects of it were turned into a magically crafted artworks, jewelries, and accessories. The dark lava stones doesn’t scare the locals, nor they judge its dark unpretty color and made something beautiful and useful of it. All these laid outside each shops that makes me wonder, “Isn’t it amazing that the lava stones that was known taking lives are now what help them live their lives here?”. These little things that makes the place and the locals very special. In my eyes, they are extra ordinary creatures and their positive spirits can be felt everywhere. It will make you forget that it was once feared for its bad reputation of mafias, they are the most loveliest fellas you would ever meet. A pleasant Sicilian Retreat was truly unforgettable.

Lyndsay Cabildo

Lyndsay Cabildo

Lyndsay Cabildo is the blogger on Discount Travel, been travelling since 2004. She have written scripts and travel articles for a British morning news channel called, TV News, and with She was featured on several local TV Shows in the Philippines and radio guesting in Thailand. Self taught in photography, web design, and graphics, she use all these skills to continue and support her travels. She was an English Teacher and volunteered around Southeast Asia. By the way, she wouldn't pass the mic when she's asked to sing as well. Articles she have written for TRAVEL + LEISURE Asia: >6 Signs to Identify A Bad Traveler >Zambales Pride Jewels >A Sicilian Retreat: Mt. Etna’s Beauty Beyond Threat

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