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Aeolian Salina – Quick tour to Rinella, Leni and Santa Marina Salina

Salina is part of the Aeolian islands with 2300 inhabitants. It is the second largest island known for its capers, olive products and wine. Santa Marina Salina is the main village, but passing also Rinella going to Leni. Visited an organic winery Salvatore d’Amico.

Aeolian Lipari – Pumice stone and Around the island vespa tour

Lipari is slow living island north of Sicily, part of the Aeolian islands. Here Pumice stone was extracted for stone washed jeans and the beauty industry. After 2nd world war Mussolini’s daughter was placed in exile here.

As to this date you can bring your car with if booked an accommodation, easiest is though by Vespa.

Francofonte – The palace with faces and oranges

Francofonte with its 11,600 inhabitants is located in the middle of the most important orange districts in Sicily. The highlight of this town is Cruyllas Palace with face decorations, each with a different expression.

Gratteri – Holy Grail and Normans

Gratteri is a small village of 850 inhabitants, located in the mountains above Cefalu. On the rocks forming a Holy Grail form looking from the right angle.

Normans dominated this area and built a fort, many churches and planted a socio-economical system. It became a multi ethical society. It is one of the most beautiful Sicilian mountain villages to visit.

Unknown Megaliths of Rocca Pizzicata

Megaliths of Rocca Pizzicata are quite unknown in Sicily and it is bit tricky to get here as they are surrounded by private owned lands. It is a place mixed with myths, religion, human habitats, tombs and naturally shaped cliffs by the water during time. Cliffs forming faces, eyes, fish heads and animals.

Located 700 m.a.s.l. in the municipality of Roccella Valdemone.

Forza D’Agro – Godfather, failed investments and Normans

Forza D’Agro is a small village of 890 people and sadly depopulating. Famous for its Godfather movie scene with the wedding between Michael Corleone and Apollonia.

Also Normans has been here building a large castle on the mountain peak with loopholes and a secret passage. Unfortunately the panorama gets ruined due to a failed real estate investment where all equipment is just left there high and low.

Aidone – Medieval mountain town with Norman based dialect

I try to visit these Sicilian mountain towns as much as possible. For their history, best foods, views and also the sad fast depopulation.

Aidone is a small town with 4000 inhabitants, founded by Normans where the dialect is Norman based. The peak is the Norman castle at 889 m.a.s.l. with breathtaking views to Etna, lake Ogliasto and the Sicilian nature.

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.

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.

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.

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