When I told the owner of the bed and breakfast where I was staying in Taormina that I planned to walk up to the Madonna della Rocca during the height of summer, he laughed and brushed off my idea. How difficult could it be? I thought. After all, Google Maps said it takes only 15 minutes to reach the church from Corso Umberto (it’s really only 800 metres to get there after all!?). He shook his head from side to side as I packed a small water bottle, sun cream and my hat. Later, as I was about to step outside, a plastic bag containing a two liter icy water bottle and two pieces of warm fruit wrapped in tin foil were pushed through the door, “You’ll need this!” he said. “And good luck!” And so my walking adventure from Taormina to Castello di Taormina (the site of the Madonna della Rocca) began.