If you follow me on social media (Facebook / Twitter / Instagram) you may have seen posts of me enjoying a guys’ getaway trip in November. We’ve done everything from explore wonderful food markets to wine tastings and climbing Mt Etna to picking chestnuts. Here’s a photo diary of part 1 of my Italian trip!

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The boys experiencing a real Mt. Etna wine tasting at Barone di Villagrande…absolutely fantastic!

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I’m currently in Sicily and had a fun time picking chestnuts yesterday!

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In Sicily, they call them Indian figs. Travelling around the countryside, you see them growing wild everywhere… but beware of the fine, fine prickles when peeling them. Beginners should wear gloves! The gritty seeds inside surrounded by sweet flesh are delicious, and also very, very healthy. There are 3 colors… green, golden and red. I love ’em!

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The street market in Catania was just amazing with full offerings of everything fresh… but the best find was on the way home… A truck at the side of the road with the most beautiful freshly foraged Porcini mushrooms

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With a display case of tempting homemade cannoli, I opted for the hazelnut gelato!

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This is my kinda market stall! Fire roasted (and still hot) jumbo size onions, sweet red peppers and eggplant!! Wow!!!

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Most folks do not know that Italy is the world’s largest kiwi producer, followed by New Zealand. Here I am stealing a couple from the villa’s garden. As you can see, they hang from a thick canopy of vines.

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A cool foggy day on the slopes of Mt Etna.