Travel Diary: The Turkish Steps in Sicily

Turkish Steps Sicily

The Turkish Steps in Sicily - Quartz & Leisure

It took me a while to get these photos up, but they are finally here…and I promise they are worth the wait!

The Turkish Steps are located in Realmonte, which is a city along the southern coast of Sicily.  They are natural stone cliffs, made of white limestone rock that’s been carved away into “step” formation from the ocean waves.

The rock itself is very flaky and powdery and many people mix the powder with water to create a full-body mud mask. Supposedly, this has beautification properties, although I don’t think it has ever been proven.

If you look closely, you can see some of the powder on my skin in these pictures.  You really can’t avoid it if you spend any amount of time lounging on the steps.

The Turkish Steps in Sicily - Quartz & Leisure
The Turkish Steps in Sicily - Quartz & Leisure

To get to the Turkish Steps you must hike down a long, steep hill with plenty of creaky wooden steps, so remember to pack light!  You’ll be carrying that heavy beach bag down (and back UP) those steps.  After a full day in the sun this will seem like a monumental activity!

The photo above is the view from the top, before the last leg of the hike down.  I love how there are so many colors of the ocean and the unique sand formations that the water currents created.

Once we finally got to the Turkish Steps (another 10 min walk along the beach) we were mesmerized by the turquoise colors of the ocean and the way the sunlight made the waves sparkle so perfectly.  We literally spent hours just relaxing and gazing at the beauty surrounding us.

The Turkish Steps in Sicily - Quartz & Leisure

Now, onto the outfit: I am obsessed with this blue and white striped dress.  You will not believe how much I paid for it (Hint: it was under $20!) and where I got it (Rainbow. Yes, that Rainbow–don’t judge! I told you I could spot a bargain.  And if you read my About Me page, I also told you I have absolutely no bias when it comes to brands.  This is a perfect example of why you shouldn’t either!)

The dress features a button down front and an adjustable tie belt, so it has plenty of options for getting the fit just right.  It also has a high-low hem (the hem is longer in the back than the front.)  The dress was still too long for my liking in the front, so I unbuttoned a few buttons at the bottom and styled it with a cute little knot.  I thought the knot gave it a little bit of extra style!

The Turkish Steps in Sicily - Quartz & Leisure

The Turkish Steps in Sicily - Quartz & Leisure

I paired the striped dress with a fedora hat and my favorite black lace up sandals, which proved to be pretty decent for “hiking” due to their lug soles.
The Turkish Steps in Sicily - Quartz & Leisure

The Turkish Steps in Sicily - Quartz & Leisure

The Turkish Steps in Sicily - Quartz & Leisure

The Turkish Steps in Sicily - Quartz & Leisure

Additionally, I stacked a bunch of antique silver bracelets to create a more boho look.  There are so many ways this dress could scream “preppy” but I wanted to develop a more “trendy” look for it.

My black choker with the labradorite dagger is one of my new fave necklaces, it seriously goes with almost everything in my closet.

And, I just love that the choker trend is back, don’t you?

The Turkish Steps in Sicily - Quartz & Leisure

The Turkish Steps in Sicily - Quartz & Leisure

The Turkish Steps in Sicily - Quartz & Leisure

The Turkish Steps in Sicily - Quartz & Leisure

The Turkish Steps in Sicily - Quartz & Leisure

The Turkish Steps in Sicily - Quartz & Leisure

Although my exact dress is now sold out, I have chosen a few of my favorite blue and white striped dresses for you to browse in the slider below: 

Have you ever been to the Turkish Steps in Sicily?  They’re only about a 20 min drive from the Valley of the Gods in Agrigento, so if you’re ever in that area of Sicily I highly suggest you go!

Also, I’d love to hear some additional ways in which you style an outfit to have a more “boho” look.   Let me know in the comments below!

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