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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.

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.

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.

Memorial site for Giovanni Falcone, his wife and bodyguards

This is the memorial site for judge Giovanni Falcone in the Maxi Process against the Sicilian mafia, his wife Francesca Morvillo and his bodyguards; Vito Schifani, Rocco Dicillo and Antonio Montinaro.

Killed by the Corleone mafia 23rd of May 1992 when 500 kg of TNT exploded from under the highway right on this spot. Thanks to cigarett butts and change of Italian crime law allowing DNA tracing, the murderers could be found.

More information Google “Strage di Capaci”

Memorial site on Google Maps “Monumento alla Strage di Capaci”

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.

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