Seafood & Aperol Spritz: Best Buds in Italy

Every year one of my very best friends Heather and I make a trip to Italy. This past year, we spent our time in Cefalua city Northern Sicily, and holy wah, did we have an amazing time! Cefalu is known for its cathedral, a beautiful 12th-century fortress-like structure with mosaics dating back to the Byzantine Empire. The Mandralisca Museum is also a Cefalu claim to fame, home to archaeological exhibits and a Antonello da Messina portrait. Rich in history, beauty, and the most amazing cuisine ever (foreshadowing!), I was pinching myself the whole trip because it just didn’t seem real. 

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Heather has the coolest job, as the product manager (Italy division) for European tour operator Rick Steves. So basically, I had my own personal best friend tour guide, and it was amazing. The usual laughter-filled time we have together was amplified by our atmosphere. We stayed in an incredible little flat with a balcony overlooking the ocean. Every night was fresh buffalo mozzarella, bread, and prosciutto from the shop downstairs for dinner, followed by Aperol spritz. While we’re on the topic of food: hands down the best and freshest seafood I’ve ever had. Nothing is better than authentic Italian food!

Our days were spent exploring the city. We hiked La Rocca, a beautiful mountain climb which ends with a unreal overhead view of the city and ocean. Relaxing on the coastline, we practiced our mermaid/beach bum moves. Pretty sure we could take it to professional level these days!  During our travels, I made sure to commit every single sight, sound, and taste to memory. Whenever I’m missing Italia, I summon Cefalu in my mind.

Sea salt hair, sun-kissed shoulders, and my best friend by my side? The best way to be! This trip is an experience I will never forget. I can’t wait until our next Italian adventure. 

Take a peek at our trip

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