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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.

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.

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