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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.

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.

Savoca – Godfather and the Normans

Savoca is a small town with 1700 inhabitants located north of Taormina. Famous for the Godfather trilogy with Bar Vitelli and the church where Michael married his Sicilian wife Apollonia.

Also the Normans has been here with traces seen on one of the city gates still standing and remains of the Norman castle on the hill top.

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.

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?

Gangi – The Medieval art town on a golden hill

Gangi is the old Greek name of Sicily. A mountain town with Norman origins situated 1000 m.a.s.l. with 6100 inhabitants. Named themselves “The town of arts”. Tricky roads to drive too, but offers stunning views and originality. Here I also found a local tambourine shop still making tambourines the traditional way from goat skin.

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.

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