Entries from My Place in the Sun tagged with 'Sicily'

Sicily: Palermo cont'd

The Sicilian cart (carretto siciliano) was born out of a utilitarian purpose, to carry heavy loads between towns. With the development of a good road network, the carts became more of a traditional craft mostly seen in local feasts....

Sicily: Palermo

The majority of these pictures were taken with my old 35mm camera. Scanned pictures don't look as sharp and clear as digital ones but I hope they are a good, albeit small, representation of the city of Palermo. The Cathedral,...

Sicilia Bedda (Beautiful Sicily)

A few random images of Sicily. The Temple in Segesta, built in the 5th century BC. The 5th century BC Greek theatre in Siracusa, entirely cut out of the rock. Mount Monaco in San Vito lo Capo in northwestern Sicily....

Sicily: Caltagirone

Two towns come to mind when talking about Sicilian ceramics: Santo Stefano di Camastra and Caltagirone. I haven’t yet had the opportunity to visit Santo Stefano but did visit Caltagirone on our way to Piazza Armerina. Caltagirone is situated between...

Sicily: Agrigento and the Valley of the Temples

The city of Agrigento rises on the slopes of a mountain plateau between two rivers overlooking the Valley of the Temples, with the southern coast visible in the distance. It was founded by the Greeks who named it Akragas, conquered...

Sicily: Favignana

I became interested in visiting the island of Favignana after reading Theresa Maggio’s book Mattanza. The title of this book refers to the ancient tradition of fishing blue fin tuna using the tonnara, a set of nets specifically designed for...

Sicily: Villa del Casale

This Roman villa, built between the 3rd-4th century AD, is set on a beautiful green area around the town of Piazza Armerina. Excavations carried out in 1929 unearthed this villa which had been buried and preserved by a thick layer...

Sicily: Erice

The magnificent medieval town of Erice is perched on top of Monte San Giuliano, an isolated mountain on western Sicily. We drove up the winding road but there's also a cable car from Trapani to Erice. The views are spectacular!...

Sicily: Scopello

Small and quaint village built on the site of an old Moorish hamlet. It is located on the edge of a natural preserve, about 50 miles northwest of Palermo. The center of the village An evocative view of the area...

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