About Sicily, Travellers in an Ancient Island by David D. Hume is like a wonderful stroll around the ancient island of Sicily. The book describes a trip around the island of Sicily David Hume and his wife Cathy took. The reader is provided not so much with the information found in a guidebook, but with an understanding of how to approach travel in Sicily.
About Sicily, Travellers in an Ancient Island was written by David D. Hume in 1999. Part travel guide, history and essay, David Hume provides you with a good feeling for the island of Sicily. About Sicily, Travellers in an Ancient Island is a good companion book to Sicily: An Illustrated History by Joseph Privitera which is filled with historical facts and has little commentary.
In the process of reading About Sicily, Travelllers in an Ancient Island, the reader learns about both the history and present-day life in Sicily itself. You will come away with a strong desire to book a ticket straight-away to this ancient Island.
Mr. Hume points out the continuing impact of the earthquake of 1693 on the island as well as a number of interesting facts. There were more people in many towns and villages of Sicily in 400 BC than there are today and Sicily has about the same land area as the state of Maryland.
Since the author and his wife are always looking for a place to eat practical information on restaurants is provided. One wonders what his wife thought of some of their travels.
In addition to About Sicily, Travellers in an Ancient Island, David D. Hume has written several other books including Towns of the Renaissance: Travellers in Northern Italy and Blueberry: A Boat of the Connecticut Shoreline.
Mr. Hume’s descriptions are leisurely and humorous, filled with insight and information. David D. Hume started traveling after retiring as headmaster of Saint David’s School in New York City. I highly recommend About Sicily, Travellers in an Ancient Island.