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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.

This is Italy when closing down

This is Italy.

1) I close my electricity supply. Pay the last “closure invoice”. Then they claim I have not paid one single bill. So I had electricity all this time and now you say I have not paid one bill? I do not even bother to answer.

2) I close internet, pay the last bill and return the box. Now they claim I never returned the box and have two more years to go. Just sent them a mail when and where I returned the box and do not bother to answer them anymore. The most ironic thing is that I have a new pre-paid internet solution from the same company and it is open even if I do not answer the old claims.

3) I close the water supply. They took my mailadress to send the last invoce. No invoice comes, but lots of mails of other things. Soon will arrive a mega invoice with late payment rates ecc. Will only pay for the consumtion part and not bother to answer them at all.

Most italians contact lawyers and start a battle, or some pay because of fear. I do not give them attention because after a year they stop harrassing automatically and I have paid everything. It is better to put the evidence burden on the company.

Closing down all fixed contracts because intuition telling me that with 2024 mayhem on its way, they will press money from contracts you are locked in. Better to have as little as possible to do with these companies and pre-paid to be free.

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.

Most complicated payment of a fine

Got a fine in Gangi. I got two options; pay at the police station which of course was closed, or mail them for payment information. So I mailed them Monday morning. After couple of “damaged Word files”, they managaed to send this Wednesday morning a file I could open with instructions how to pay.

Step 1) Go to the Gangi municipal website to pay with PagoPA. Of course the site is not linked, you have to Google and then scroll/ click. Well I managed to pay after many clicks and classical Codice Fiscale. Gosh, you can’t survive without that document.

Step 2) Fill a document of responsibility of the fine. The photo on the right.

Step 3) Send in following documents: Copy of the fine you got on site, document of taking responsibility of the fine, copy of payment of the fine, copy of your driving license. And one more I refuse to send.

I am though very impressed they have the courage to call this “online payment”. Well, technically it is, but any north European CIO (IT Manager) would… yeah, strangle someone. The part I love the most is where they write one has to print everything, sign and send copies. No, there are online programs for signing. And how can e.g. tourists pay as they require Italian bank ID to pay online?

PagoPA is actually only thing one has to do if you like to call it “pagamento online”. But I guess family members needs jobs in Gangi too…

Though sure I missed something here and this fine will take couple of weeks to sort out. But paid it is.

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