An unexpected turn to Salina – the Aeolian island setting for “Il Postino”

Sometimes when traveling a perceived obstacle takes you into a unexpected surprising detour of discovery. Such was the case on a ferry ride on a extremely rough sea day to Panarea. The last stop to the island Panarea was cancelled and we were sent scrambling to decide where to spend an unplanned night. We heard about one of the lusher Aeolian islands where the famous Sicilian capers are grown and the movie classic “Il Postino” was filmed. The second we stepped off the ferry we were thrilled our trip that day was cancelled. The air was fresh, the pace was relaxed, the views from the taxi were stunning around every bend. We were excited to see such a beauty not on our itinerary. We were soooo..lucky our ferry was cancelled. We spent the night on the quieter side, the village of Pollara. This is where the movie was filmed and the sunset fell into the sea right in front of our small hotel – La Locanda del Postino. The staff at La Locanda were so warm and make you feel like family. The hammock on the patio overlooking the sea welcomes you as you can dream about spending a whole summer here in blissful escape. The caper bushes dot the landscape, awaiting to be added to a delicious salad or fish. We wandered next door to a rustic family restaurant Al Cappero where we tasted the famed island capers over a very beautiful setting on our island of discovery.

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