Stories from the Road

We Rode a Vespa around Favignana Island, Sicily

Location: Favignana Island, Italy

We zipped around the island on a rusty old vespa, its motor puffing out clouds of smoke. It was the best way to explore this fabulous little paradise.

Favignana is the biggest of the Aegadian Islands, located on the western coast of Sicily, and its natural beauty is powerful enough to astound all your senses. The jagged cliffs and stunning blue waters were the dramatic backdrop as we zoomed through the roads encircling the island.

Photo: Youssef Amaaou

Photo: Youssef Amaaou

We stopped at many of the most popular swimming spots, including my favorite – Bue Marino, with its steep rocky inclines that lead directly into deep, splendid warm water.


Photo: Youssef Amaaou

Diving in was inevitable, and as we relaxed and swam in that lagoon of infinite blue, I couldn’t help but feel immensely happy. Underwater, we observed flourishing plants and schools of fish, all living and thriving together in harmony. It was a beautiful performance for the eyes and spirit. When the beating sun became too much, we hid under the shade of the surrounding limestone “tufo” caves. At least 10 degrees cooler here, fellow travelers were sprawled on towels, reading books, and sleeping.


Photo: Youssef Amaaou

After swimming, we walked through the town, passing by open air seafood markets, which displayed their catches of the day. Freshly caught squid, crimson shrimps, and giant tuna gleamed at us with their glassy eyes. We simultaneously licked our lips at the thought of a delectable seafood dinner.

The temperature reached record highs during our trip, and we often sought refuge under the trees, while holding bottles of ice water and cones of melting gelato, which dripped on the ground forming multicolored puddles.


Photo: Youssef Amaaou

Our skin was boiling hot and covered by a mix of sunscreen, sweat, and sand, but every time we hopped back on the vespa, the only thing I noticed was the smell of the sea, the wind rushing through my salty hair, and the sensation of absolute freedom.






All photos were taken by my friend, photographer Youssef Amaaou

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  • Reply Youssef Amaaou

    Thank you always for such beautiful, straight-from-the-heart pieces of writing about this love we share for Italy!! Always hungry for more!

    September 26, 2016 at 6:58 pm
    • Reply Rachel Marie

      Thanks Youssef, your photos bring my memories back to life 🙂 Stay tuned for more!

      September 27, 2016 at 5:10 pm
  • Reply gonetravelling

    Definitely on my bucket list!! I am Italian and I have never visited it!!!
    Great pics! 🙂

    December 2, 2016 at 1:46 pm
    • Reply Rachel Marie

      Ciao! Thank you for visiting my blog 🙂 There are so many interesting places to visit in Sicily, but Favignana is absolutely beautiful, I hope you can scratch it off your bucket list soon!

      January 5, 2017 at 12:13 pm

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