Tag Archives: Sicily

Travels in Italy, Updated

I have got a few gaps in the map, so I will have to get travelling…

Italy Visited

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Travels in Italy, Looking Back

Travels in Italy

Not surprisingly Italy is the country with the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites; it has fifty-three, seven more than Spain which has the second most sites in Europe.  I have visited half of the sites in Spain but when I reviewed the Italy list I was disappointed to find that I have been to less than a quarter.

This time in Italy I was planning to add a few more, Milan (The Last Supper), Modena and Ferrara.

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Italy, My Grand Tour

Italy Visited

Upon my return from Naples I thought I might update my map of places that I have visited in Italy.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Fray

Palermo Sicily Ficus Tree

In the middle class Piazza Marina district there was an interesting park with large ficus trees with aerial roots hanging from the branches and reaching out to the ground below to strike down into the earth and add to the tree’s fortress like appearance.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban

Car Parking – Sicilian Style

The traffic was noisy and impatient with the usual medley of car horns, which is a feature of Italian driving or course.  If the normal rules of driving do not apply in Palermo then the normal rules associated with parking definitely are completely irrelevant.  At the Piazza San Domenico on the Via Roma there was a small and hopelessly inadequate car park surrounding a fountain that was full of impatient drivers looking for non-existing parking spaces, blowing their horns, waving their arms and shouting at each other in that classic Italian driving style.  There was double and even triple parking and almost every car had minor accident damage as a result.  I certainly wouldn’t like to park my car there.

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Sicily, Segesta and Castellammare del Golfo

Segesta Sicily

Segesta was the political center of the Elymians who were indigenous people from the west of Sicily who built the city in an alliance with Ionian Greeks.  It flourished for over five hundred years until gradually it was abandoned as the inhabitants moved away from the mountains and down to the coastal areas for trading purposes.

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Car Hire in Sicily, a rash decision in a moment of madness!

Sicily Car Hire

Woke early in a sweat!  OMG!  I am going to drive a car in Sicily! I must be insane; whatever possessed me to dream up an idea like that!

After breakfast we walked for a last time down the Via Roma and noticed that it was quieter today, perhaps because last nights revellers were still in bed nursing hangovers.  The streets were already impressively clean so the local council had obviously been working hard throughout the night.  We arrived at the Piazza Giulio Cesare and missed the bus to the airport by just ten minutes.  That gave me further thirty minutes worrying time while we waited for the next one in the railway station bar (nowhere else was open).

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