Island Life, Favignana

Favignana is a delightfully little island.

An oversized volcanic rock just off the coast of Sicily, there’s one hill and one town.

You’re never more than 10minutes from the other side of the island.

Which of course, makes it marvellous for exploring!

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The “beaches” are really rocky coves made for sunbathing like glamorous Italian lizards, and slithering into the cool blue now and again.

The cliffs are for jumping off and cooling down with that sea breeze.

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Striped dress // Belt (similar)

Lemon print bag

Rockstud sandals

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Paired with stacked Pandora bracelets, more on those later!

Locals and tourists alike get around the island on two wheels.

The cool kids ride vintage Vespas, the rest of us pedal.

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As with all Italian towns, life focuses around the town squares.

Stone clad spaces glittering in the sunshine, buzzing with people and invariably overlooked by a gorgeous, peeling church.

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Very a-peeling indeed!

The whole town is crumbly and utterly charming. It wont take you long to explore the place.

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And it’s well worth a wander through the winding streets,

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Slim gold bangle + charm // Thicker gold bangle

Enamel ring // Silver eternity ring // Gold eternity ring

Being a Pandora ambassador certainty has some handy perks.

For example, I get to be the one to tell you that there’s a rather marvellous little deal going on, particularly for those who enjoy an arm party.

Free bracelets for everyone who spends £125-145 before October 2nd, so you still have a little time! All the info, Ts&Cs, etc. can be found on their site, here.

Get shopping, make a cheeky wishlist and send it to your fella, but be quick! Would be a shame to miss out on a good freebie.

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As usual I spent the week trying to adopt strays and convince them to come live with me.

The Italian ones however had no interest and said they’re rather stay near the harbour and eat fish from the fisherman.

Which is fair enough, I’d probably rather do the same!

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There are plenty of spots along the main street to stop for a drink, and you’ll need to in the mid-day heat.

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Pearl Stud Earrings

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And a smattering of shops selling local wares.

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Always after a new basket!

Much to my boyfriend’s eye-rolling, sighing, toe tapping distress.

He thinks I’m a basket case.

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He’s absolutely right of course!

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I’m also a sucker for freshly baked pastries stuffed with ricotta and dusted in powdered sugar, which just so happens to be what they sell next door!

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Along with all manner of other treats!

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Unlike Portofino, Postitano or Cinque Terre (all of which I loved, but in a different way), Favignana is real.

A real village, filled with real Italian people. It’s not set up to impress English people or Americans passing through.

The only tourism here comes from Italy and it gives it a very different feel.

Still a working fishing village, filled with utterly charming locals, all of whom will invite you in for tea given a moment’s chance!

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People trundling around on bikes and mopeds makes it all feel very safe.

A far cry from Italian cities where you clutch your bag to your chest and guard your pockets, there’s a sort of “leave your front door unlocked and your keys in the keys in the ignition” vibe.

The biggest trucks you have to look out for look like this…

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Striped curtains cover every door and window, flutter in the wind and are often the only sign of life in the middle of the day.

The whole island takes a very civilised siesta between 2-5.

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So make sure you grab lunch before they close!

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Trattoria Due Colonne is a lovely spot for a simple lunch.

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Local produce, local chefs.

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The clams are good, but be sure to have something with the local speciality- pistachio pesto and scampi.

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I’m not usually a fan of pistachio things, but this sauce firmly changed my mind!

I had it at every opportunity.

And never wasted a drop!

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At the other end of the same square you’ll find Ristorante La Lampara, where you can answer the haunting dilemma of “gelato or granita?”

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For which the only answer is of course, both.

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Fuelled up we set off on very important missions.

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Buying up all the lemon print ceramics we could get our hands on!

You know what they say…

When life gives you lemon print, buy it all!

(If my boyfriend asks, yes that is a very real saying.)

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  • That little apartment on the corner with the balcony is everything. After seeing those two photos, I couldn’t stop imagining what kind of view people have from there and how it looks from the inside! xx

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    • Rosie

      So pretty! What an amazing place it would be to live! x

  • What an utterly charming place! I’m envious of that delicious looking lunch, and I just love your outfit, especially paired with that hairstyle. So pretty! xxx

    • Rosie

      Charming is the perfect word for it, Miranda! x

  • I love southern Italy way more than the north – like you said – its real and full of italian tourists rather than us northern europeans. I toured around Sicily during the summer and fell in love with the Aeolian Islands (off the north east coast of Sicily) – definitely add them to your next trip!

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    • Rosie

      A friend of mine has moved to Salina, so a trip is most certainly on the cards! They have a caper festival, and god knows I LOVE capers!

  • Peppermint Dolly

    Love that shot of the apartment on the corner! Really lovely. The whole place seems utterly and joyously relaxing!

    Rxx
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    • Rosie

      Very much so, thanks R! x

  • the purse looks really elegant! It matches well with your dress! https://flyingkittyadventures.com

    • Rosie

      Thanks Kitty, it’s one of my favourites!

  • Okay Favignana really has to be my next stop in Sicily. I’ve fallen in love with the island, it is so genuine, vibrant and welcoming. I’ll never get used to these rocky ‘beaches’ though as you said – I was in Capo Gallo in early September (around Palermo), and the rocks hurt my feet so badly! It looks amazing on photos though so the struggle was worth it 😛

    Julia x
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    • Rosie

      All of the clever locals wear swimming shoes, much more sensible! x

  • You look amazing! in love with the dress!

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  • Love love love the way of life in the small italian villages. So pure and simple, even down to the Cat itself … just fish and the harbour life! 🙂

    Beautiful photos and such a delightful and captivating little travel story as always! 🙂

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  • The Sunday Mode

    This village sounds and looks incredible. I love the tourist’y Italian villages and towns but the ones just filled with locals have something so special about them, and I feel like their food is always better as well!

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  • Claudia Casha

    Been here last year..Totally loved it; peaceful and pretty! You should pay a visit to our island Malta…next door to Sicily 🙂

  • Kristy Quagliariello

    Starting to practice Italian now! Looks magical 🙂

  • I love Italy and I’ve always wanted to visit Sicily! The photos are so pretty and it’s good to know that I’m not the only person w´that always feels the need to give some love to the straying cats.

    Norina xx

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  • Gorgeous outfit!! 🙂

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  • You look amazing. Lovely outfit! X
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  • Holly & Boydie G.

    Absolutely love it, I want to pack a bag right now. I am loving that you are showing us smaller, less tourist-clogged places. Thank you! I have always wanted to go off the beaten path but I worry that I would get lost with the language – do you have to speak Italian well to get by?

  • Your lemon print bag is adorable 🙂

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  • I love the light in your photos, that lovely warmth that you only see when you get closer to the equator. The Mediterranean is on my Travel Bucket List!

  • Little Miss Notting Hill

    In love with the pictures of the crumbling buildings rose, beautifully captured as always! You sure know how to stir up some wanderlust Ms Thomas! X

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  • Holly Saskia

    So beautiful- hair tutorial please! Xx

  • Chigozie Ohanele

    I love your blog, I always feel the itch to travel more after I’m done reading it (LOL). I also love your Chic style, thanks for sharing.

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  • Your little lemon D&G bag is too adorable!!

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  • Wow, what a beautiful place and gorgeous outfit!! <3

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    Victoria

    X

  • What a beaut place, and that scampi pastishio pesto pasta has me drooling at my desk! Love AP xo

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  • Bree

    Where are the shoes from? Valentino? The link goes to a sad little page saying information not available. Thanks!

  • what a charming little place! So incredibly beautiful and that balcony! <3