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Morgantina – Siculi Greek Cittadella and Swedish archaeologists

A Siculi-Greek cittadella discovered by a Swedish archaeologist Erik Sjöqvist 1955. He chose the location, made the project successful and was supported by the Swedish king Gustav VI Adolf.

Greeks dominated this area and the cittadella reached up to 10,000 inhabitants. It is the most important archaeological sites in Sicily and gave understanding of ancient city planning.

Messina – Norwegian aid dish, harbor & imaginary bridge

The highlight of Messina is the main church with a astronomical clock tower offering a clock show everyday at 12:00. 1908 the city was struck by an 7,1 earthquake and Norway sent two ships of cod as aid and Messina’s main dish Stocco alla Messinese was created. In the video I also visit the imaginary bridge area and best view sites.

Messina is a city with 236000 inhabitants where the the harbor connects Sicily with Calabria by mafia controlled ferry traffic. Will the bridge ever be built?

Reimbursement from Trenitalia?

Yowza! After nine months I get a reimbursement from Trenitalia for cancelled and late trains. Who knew? It is actually not for this ticket I made a claim, it was Rome – Catania and another day, but whatever. € 17,25 is not a life changer, but it is always a bottle of wine.

Modica – Chocolate, Nobel prize and houllottova Baroque

Modica has made a name for itself thanks to chocolate. But chocolate is nothing new here, production started already 1746. It is a “walk around” town with chocolate tastings everywhere, churches, lots of baroque and Nobel prize winner Salvatore Quasimodo’s home. Divided in Modica Bassa, Alta and Sorda with 55000 inhabitants.

Tonnara di Scopello – Ocean’s 12, tuna and stunning views

Tonnara di Scopello is the oldest tuna fisherman area in Sicily with a history back to 1200. It is also the location to one of the last movie scenes of Ocean’s 12 where agent Lahiri meets the crook LeMarque only to understand he is her father. Has a limited entry which is good to protect this special place.

Purgatorio – Went to Purgatory to learn I arrived to Dante’s level six

When I saw the name Purgatorio on the Sicily map, I had to drive to the other side of the island to check this place out. Here I also eat the best Cannolo of 2020, and understood I have reached Dante’s sixth level of Purgatory, “Gluttony”. Purgatorio has under 300 inhabitants.

Polizzi Generosa – D&G hometown, Scorsese and Madonie in the Norman footsteps

Polizzi Generosa was named by Norman king Federico II due to the territory’s richness. He also created a free and independent town thanks to his laws supporting equality and justice.

These areas are depopulating fast, now only 2900 inhabitants remained. Hometown of designer Domenico Dolce D&G, Martin Scorsese’s grandparents and a door to the Madonie mountains.

Castellana Sicula – Murales paintings all over by Madonie mountains

Small village of 3000 inhabitants known for its Murales paintings. Since 1994 about 30 artists contributed with their art on this villages facades. In August takes place a folkloristic dance “Ballo della Cardella”. A fertility dance around a three meter high pole, which is identical to our viking tradition in Midsummer.

Lunch at: Family Art

Countryplace stay aka Agriturismo: Masseria Xireni (Organic and Sustainable travel)

Piazza Armerina – World’s richest mosaics & Old town in the Norman footsteps

I have made a new video about Piazza Armerina, but YouTube share link does not work to share it here this time. So just klick here, or copy and paste this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_xAI8-EANM

Here visiting Piazza Armerina with 20,000 inhabitants and famous for the Roman mosaic villa, Villa Romana del Casale. Largest, richest and most varied mosaic collection in the world covering 3500 m2. Also visiting the old town sadly many skip to visit. Very up and down hills, but with very interesting history specially for us Normans as Piazza Armerina was developed by Normans.

Scicli, a Montalbano pearl in Iblea mountains

Scicli is in the Ragusa province with 26,000 inhabitants. A walkable baroque pearl with famous Montalbanos police station to visit. In the series this town is called Vigata. It is also a Natural wine nest. In this video I also climb up to two small mountains which offers stunning views over the city.

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Scicli ligger i Ragusa-provinsen med 26 000 invånare. En promenadvänlig barockpärla med den berömda Montalbanos polisstation att besöka. I serien heter denna stad Vigata. Det är också ett naturligt vinnäste. I den här videon klättrar jag också upp till två små berg som erbjuder fantastisk utsikt över staden.

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