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The street was full of people, both peasants and gentry. He looked at them all with contempt, and said: "I spit in their faces, the whole lot of them"; and then allowed himself to be led off to prison. Although his enemies had disappeared, the brig- and-peasant was still unable to return home: he and his band were wanted men now, even though ac- cording to what the lawyer told me they had caused no bloodshed.
I accepted his invitation with enthusiasm. They would telegraph me a date on which I was to betake me to the lawyer's house, and the latter would then conduct me to join them for the shooting party. I could not therefore go, and sent my apologies. I heard later that they had at first been 24 offended by my absence, but had afterwai-d accepted though with some difficulty my excuses.
The shoot- ing party had taken place just the same; they had killed one hundred and fifty quails and I don't know how many pheasants and other birds. For me they had provided a deserted house, with a wonderful bed; they had commandeered linen sheets and feather mattresses. Since I was not there, they had made the lawyer read my book to them in the eve- nings round the fire, when they came back from shooting; and the party had gone on for seven days, as long as was necessary to finish the reading of the book.
They promised me another shooting party, as soon as it could be managed. But it never could be managed: they were induced, by a false promise that they would go unpunished, to come down from the mountains, and were thrown into prison. I could go on for hours telling countless other true stories of this kind, stories so true that they seem unbelievable. But let us return to those other stories, equally true but more easily credible because they are written and documented with hardship and hun- ger and courage and sometimes with blood and death.
Let us return to our notes. Since I finished writing the story of Salvatore Carnevale and his death, and of his mother and her denunciation, and of the Sciara feudal estate, today, the sist of September, , I read in the papers that a member of the Mafia belonging to Cerda has been found dead in a well, his hands tied behind his back, and that it is presumed that he was the actual perpetrator, or one of the actual perpetrators, of 25 Carnevale's murder; and it is supposed that he was eliminated by order of the Mafia itself, which thus seeks, by suppressing its own instrument, to obliter- ate all proofs and to avoid the lawsuit which is in preparation at Palermo.
In the meantime the killing of peasants who were union organizers continues, the same bold and mysterious method being always used. The latest, so far, of these murders happened quite recently at Cattolica Eraclea, a village of the same type as Sciara, not far from Agrigento. Sicily, like the whole of the South but in its own particular way is on the move; and the acts, the words, the feelings, the struggles, the expectations, the deaths of which I have spoken here, and all the other, countless things that occur every day in the towns of the coast and the villages of the interior, are moments in its development.
Profound problems present themselves and seek solution, every day, through the life and the blood of human beings. Here, in this little book, they are but lightly touched upon, taken for granted as framework of my story. I hope to be able to give a more complete picture of them later on, in another book or in possible fu- ture editions of this one.
My kind readers must therefore be content, for the present, with the little that I am offering them here, which is but a first, rapid picture of a world that is changing from one day to another and becoming bravely conscious of its own existence. Rome, September 26 1 As soon as the car bringing the mayor of New York a fine gray Pontiac borrowed for the occasion had stopped at the entrance to the village of Isnello, and Signor Impellitteri and his signora had got out, amid the clamor of applause and the clash of the town band, into a confused mass of policemen, motor- cyclists, journalists, photographers, inquisitive spec- tators, infinite cousins and second cousins and other relations, townsmen, peasants, shepherds, women, and, in fact, the whole 4, inhabitants of Isnello who were all waiting for him, the village boys crowded round it, yelling to each other, pushing and knocking against each other, elbowing a way through so as to touch it.
The car remained there, stationary, all day long. Thousands of childish hands reverently touched it, thousands of wide black eyes gazed at it with passion and hope. On the first house in the village, immediately above the car, was an inscription in large letters which time had failed to expunge, one of those maxims signed with a huge M with which Mussolini covered all the walls of Italy: Peoples whose cradles are empty have no right to Empire.
The cradles of Isnello are not empty far from it: the streets swarm with children: but empire does not now mean and has never meant anything but a de- sire to escape, a desire that places trust in a magical hope, in a childish propitiatory rite. And so, from the very first moment of his entry, Signor Impellitteri's visit was, for the peasants of Isnello, a fabulous adventure, a mythological oc- currence. I do not know whether Signor Impellitteri was conscious of this.
On the whole I think not: he is too physically close to that world to be able to perceive its nature. I do not know, and I did not ask him, the reasons that sent him on his journey to Italy and to Palestine : whether it was a straight- forward taste for seeing other countries, or a desire to tighten the bonds of friendship between Italy and America, or a quest for popularity and a wish to do something that would please his electors, or an affec- 30 tionate curiosity to become acquainted with his own native place, to show it to his wife and to pay homage to the memory of his parents, or all these things combined.
If he had been born in a large town, or in a small town or modern village in northern Italy, his journey would be no more than an item of the or- dinary political news which figures transiently in the newspapers for a day, or would be merely a matter of his own private and special sentimental interest, with which it would be both useless and indiscreet of us to concern ourselves.
Instead of which, this journey has become, for the people of Isnello, a myth; and so it will remain, for all time, though this had been neither intended nor foreseen: the myth of birth and of fortune, the myth of America, of the other face of the world. There is no doubt that Signor Impellitteri whether through cleverness or simplicity, I do not know did all that was required to bring the myth into being; from this point of view he behaved quite perfectly.
Furthermore not only he, but everybody, behaved quite perfectly: the peasants, the gentry, the authorities, the Christian Democrat delegates of both sexes, the Communists, the priests, the relations, and even the goats and the donkeys, and the dogs, and even the flies. For it was at Isnello that the whole tale was unfolded, in one of the many thousands of villages of that ancient, simple-hearted land, where all things become true, even the journeys of politicians.
The affair began, to tell the truth, in the most conventional manner. American and Italian journal- 31 ists, photographers and the various authorities had already made an assault, several days beforehand, on all the possible means of transport from Rome to Palermo. Airplanes, sleeping cars and even the old steamer that does the nightly service between Naples and the Conca d'Oro, had all been fully booked up for several days, for not only was the mayor of New York going to Sicily, but at the same time there were also going there the candidates in a beauty competi- tion the winner of which was to be proclaimed "Miss Europe.
I shall not stop to describe Signor Impellit- teri, because everyone knows him. As for the girls, they were, as someone unkindly remarked, not all of them, strictly speaking, girls; and they had been picked up all over the place, to represent the most unlikely states Bulgaria, the principality of Mon- aco, Liechtenstein. There they sat, all to one side, with their unreal, rather frightened faces. When we arrived at Palermo there were more photogra- phers, more officials, more journalists, and the first troop of the mayor's cousins: a great quantity of Im- pellitteris, of Fiorentinos, of Vaccas and Cannicis, who had come from all parts of Sicily to greet their illustrious relation.
From the airfield we were all taken to a large hotel dating from the beginning of tins century, a mixture of Moorish and art nouveau, 32 where more photographers, more journalists, more officials, more Impellitteris were waiting. The mayor was immediately dragged off into the whirl of a full day of official receptions; I myself was beset by some of the shyer members of the Impellitteri clan who had taken me for an intimate friend of their grand relation and who, displaying their identity cards and documents to me, begged me to introduce them to him.
One of them, who had two little twin boys as crosseyed as the paladin Roland, detained me and said he would like to show me the "gynacological" tree of the family. It was with some difficulty that I managed to get away from him, deferring my studies of the Impellitteri genealogy till later; I then got into my car and fled away in the direction of Isnello.
The first part of the road, as far as Termini Imerese, passes along the most splendid coastline in all Italy. A marvelous sea shines through orange groves and tall reeds; men and women are working in the sunshine in the vegetable gardens; at small, hand-operated kilns workmen are pounding up earth for the making of tiles; endless numbers of painted carts, gaily decorated with the stories of the paladins, pass along the roads like a continuous emigration of a people that cannot keep still.
But, a few miles be- yond Termini Imerese, the road turns inland toward the mountains. The landscape changes all at once, and one comes into the immense, bare moorlands of the feudal estates. These are the lands of princes and barons, of the Principe di Gangi, of the Marchese di Santa Colomba. As one rises, gradually, by the road 33 that makes the circuit of the Madonia Mountains the road upon which the noblemen of Sicily like kill- ing themselves in motor races nature assumes the solemn, grand, desolate appearance of the Italian in- terior, of the Italy of the peasants.
At Collesano a crowd of boys was awaiting us in the piazza, and Armando, the village idiot, a man already well ad- vanced in years, welcomed us with a cheer and pros- trated himself on the ground in front of us, under the fatherly eye of the superintendent of police.
Be- yond Collesano one enters a mountain gorge, be- tween the high walls of the Madonia Mountains, and the road continues to rise until, at a bend, the village of Isnello becomes visible in the distance. A flock of sheep was blocking the road, together with shepherds and dogs. An old woman went past carrying a bundle of sticks.
On the black veil that covered her head, on her back, on her skirt, an innumerable company of flies clung to her and were carried along, motionless and quiet. As I looked from there at the village, there came back to me the familiar picture of a small village in Lucania. Isnello resembled it, even though larger, less poor, cleaner. It is a village of shepherds, of peasants who are landowners on the smallest pos- sible scale, the ground being divided up into micro- scopic sections, of craftsmen whose crafts are now fallen into decay, but who remember the golden age when splendid lace was made here, when bells were cast and skins were dressed and glass was blown.
Even today the three parts into which the village is divided are called Vetreria, Fonderia and Conceria. The passage of time has brought with it no events but the change of its feudal lords Saracens, Aragonese, Bourbons, the princes of Santa Colomba and the counts of Isnello: but again like the others it is of great antiquity and therefore full of a profound nobility.
And the humanist priests of the last century who lived there, Don Carmelo Virga or Don Cristoforo Grisanti, wrote learned volumes on the history of this village without a history, debating upon its Pelasgic or Sicanian origins and upon the Syriac or Oriental etymology of its name, upon the passing of some prince or other and upon its changeless cus- toms.
Will some other priest add to these volumes a last learned chapter on the events of tomorrow? The village had already been invaded by Ameri- can journalists, who were going from door to door questioning the inhabitants with a sort of mania for even the most futile items of news. They wanted to know everybody's Christian names and surnames, their ages and their jobs and their earnings, the num- ber of people in the family and, of course, their degree of relationship to Signor Impellitteri. It was like a large-scale detective inquiry, to which these contadini submitted with resigned and well-bred courtesy.
The reporters' notebooks became crammed with useless in- formation, while the town crier blew his trumpet and shouted his proclamation at every street corner: "To- morrow the mayor of New York is arriving; all ani- mals donkeys, goats, sheep and pigs are to be shut 35 up in the houses and are not to walk on the public road. Nicholas of Bari, the patron saint of Isnello. The female cousins of the mayor were decorating the doors of their houses with simple fes- toons of leaves.
In the road, near the entrance to the village, laborers were hurriedly filling in the holes in the surface, and a young man was polishing one of the many little figures of the Madonna that stand here. The municipal road ;sweeper and his four improvised assistants were apply- ing themselves, with their brooms, to a task which was unending, since the animals were not yet shut up; and they would have to start all over again at dawn next day.
The town band was rehearsing in front of the church. But everything was calm, there was no sign of excitement: it was an ordinary working day, and, as always on working days, the village was half empty. The modest preparations were being carried out quietly, almost with indifference. Down the street were passing men who bore an extraordinary resemblance to Signor Impellitteri, having the same long, dark faces, the same black eyes, the same straight noses, and who nevertheless were not his re- lations.
There was one, on the other hand, a tall man dressed in black he, too, crosseyed like the paladin Roland who came up to me and showed me his identity card: he was a cousin, and he had come from 36 a village a very long way away, at the other end of Sicily. One of them, a sergeant who had served for many years as a regular in the American army, talked to me at great length about the needs of the village, about the landslip which had eaten up the forty mil- lion lire that should have been used for building the school, about the bad use of the money, and the hope that millions of dollars would come pouring down from heaven owing to the mayor's visit.
But all this did not appear to move the peasants and shepherds of Isnello very deeply. The preparations that were being made differed in no way from those that are made for an ordinary festa for a saint or for the visit of a bishop or a prefect. But there was something else that moved them, something that was less evident and that they did not talk about, because they are as reserved as they are courteous. There was some- thing mysterious about this man Impellitteri whom they were awaiting, and whom no one knew, because he had been taken away as a baby of one year old, fifty years ago; and who was now returning, sur- rounded with glory like a saint from paradise, from America: and who, though unknown to everybody, 37 was nevertheless one of them.
There was something mysterious about his birth, as about that of Homer, and of Christopher Columbus or, to be more pre- cise, of Jesus Christ ; and there was something mirac- ulous about his return and his approaching epiphany. As with those great men of antiquity, or, better still, with Jesus Christ, so does a dense cloud of legend cover his birthplace. He was born, so the records say, in a street which was then called Via Figurella and which is now called Via Cristoforo Grisanti, Folkrorista the eminent "folklorist" is thus commemorated at the corner of the street, with a pardonable spelling mistake , right at the corner of a very narrow lane which not without profound and obvious reason is called Bethlehem Lane: but it is not known whether he was born at No.
I was welcomed at the door of No. This was his only home, 'and that's absolutely sure, sure as the Blessed Sacrament. Here he was born, in this house, in a room full of straw and hay, like the Child Jesus. I don't know anything about it, I was born only yester- day, but that's what the old ones say.
His birth took place here: I don't know anything, it doesn't interest 38 me, I'm no one of importance. It's an honor, of course, it's a great honor; but I was born only yester- day, I'm just a tenant here, and I don't know any- thing. But that's what the old ones say, that he was born here, here at No. People claim now that he was born at No. There's envy. I don't ask for anything, my husband's work gives me enough to eat, he's the road sweeper.
But you see, they might at least pave the street in front of No. It's like the political parties, you know what the parties are like; they're all the same. You're a Democrat, you're a Commu- nist, you're a Socialist, you're something else that's how the lies get started. When he arrives tomorrow, I don't want him to come either here or there, not to either place: but I don't know anything about it, I was born only yesterday.
And there were two old women of ninety, and other women, and peasants and children. Their historical documentation was better. One old woman, with pale blue eyes and a big wart at the root of her nose, asserted that she had a perfectly clear memory of Impellitteri's father, who kept, she said, his shoe- maker's bench on that very doorstep, and when it was fine he put it outside, and when it rained he put it inside.
And she remembered when he went to Amer- 39 ica, "looking for a piece of bread. Another old woman, daughter of one of the witnesses of the birth, assured me that she remembered that he had been born here, at No. And she went into the house in search of a proof, of an indisputable document. And there, framed in a wooden frame, was a certificate of mem- bership of the Eucharistic League, dated , on behalf of Nicolina Di Maria, formerly Vincenzo, the mayor's grandmother; and it had been left to her as a souvenir by the Impellitteris on the day they started for America.
I asked the old woman what she had given in exchange to these venerable emi- grants. She hesitated a little before answering, as though she were ashamed, and then said: "I gave them some cheese to eat on the voyage; they were poor, they hadn't any money. They answered him just in order to please him, but one could see that they were proud and full of dignity, and that in reality they were not hoping for anything; they were neither asking nor expecting anything, neither presents nor charities, nothing practical, in any case, nothing belonging to this earth.
They were expecting simply that he would come, they were expecting a vision. But a little boy cried out: "The band, the band! Not only the place but also the day of the mayor's birth is wrapped in mystery. For it appears that Im- pellitteri has always kept the 4th of February as his birthday; but in the precious papers that the town clerk showed me he is registered as having been born on the 4th of January, , at in the morning the first-born of the century in the commune of Isnello.
With him the century opens; but was he really born in this century, or in some remote period of antiquity? Of his birth, and of his return, the old ones, as the road sweeper's wife said, had made a fable. Enveloped in this mythological mist and in the darkness which had now fallen, I hastened away in the car down the long road toward Palermo, among the dangling lanterns of the carts and the doleful singing of their drivers.
In the garden of the Moor- 41 ish hotel, by the light of arc lamps, those seven poor girls were filing past half-naked, like pink frogs, in front of the mayor of New York, and under the starved and greedy eyes of the nobility of Palermo. I set out in pursuit, leaving behind me in a flash Ficarazzi and Ficarazzelli and Bagheria and Trabia and Termini Imerese, flying along among the painted carts as if I had been taking part in some absurd American film.
I caught him up at last, at a level crossing where the road begins to climb, because the procession, which was accompanied by three motor- cyclists from the municipality of Palermo wearing enormous black and white helmets, was advancing slowly in order to give the illustrious visitors leisure to enjoy the scenery; and we went on together up the bends of the mountain road.
If Isnello, the day before, had looked like all 43 peasant villages, half-deserted, today, on the other hand, its little streets were not wide enough to con- tain the crowd. They were all there, peasants and shepherds and artisans and women, behind the town band and the town flag, squeezed together and lined up into a wall of faces, as in a religious pageant. Is- nello is noted for its ancient popular pageant of the drama of the Passion, performed in a large number of tableaux and called the Casazza, which has been held, for some centuries, during Holy Week, in years of good harvests, when there is more money.
All the peasants take part in it as actors, and there are to be seen Jesus and Saint Joseph and Mary and Herod and Pilate and the Roman soldiers and the Jews and the apostles. The scene today was the most ex- traordinary of all Casazzas. Today, too, they were all actors, but there was a real protagonist: after the flight into Egypt fifty years ago, it was the entry of Christ into Jerusalem. At the end of the Corso, at the turning to- ward the church, there were hundreds of women drawn up in rows, with black veils on their heads, a wall of faces and of bright black eyes, just under- 44 neath the side of a house upon which was written up "MEAT," and with the wasted, bare slope of the mountainside close behind.
From the silent group rose a voice, lonely and piercingly shrill: "Vincen- zino! Joy of your mother's heart! Here stand the women of Isnello! Look at us, Vincenzino! I looked at her and recognized her as a competent woman deputy, a valiant member of our government. Signor Impellitteri turned; and his eye rested benev- olently upon the applauding women.
It was difficult to get into the church owing to the great crowd. There were no four-legged creatures in the street, neither donkeys nor goats nor sheep, all of whom had been banned by proclamation: on the other hand there were flies, the lazy, patient flies of early autumn, glorious victors in so many battles, in innumerable swarms; and they went with us into the beautiful fifteenth century church, which was once a mosque perhaps they also wished to pay homage to the mayor and to God , flying in thousands through the air that was filled with organ notes and settling resolutely upon the faces of the faithful, upon the kneeling officials, upon the American journalists, upon the cameras, upon the policemen, upon the hel- meted motorcyclists, and even upon the fine, prophet- like face and great white beard of an illustrious friar, a native of Isnello, Father Domenico, general of the Capuchins, who had come specially from Rome.
A bull-necked young priest with dark glasses and a green 45 stole officiated; he too was a cousin of Signor Impellit- teri. The Mass was long and solemn: the mayor, in the front row, crossed himself by bringing the thumb of his right hand to his mouth, according to the time- honored custom of the Isnello women at the approach of thunder, to avert a storm. Beside me was a young man with a black mustache as thin as a thread, whom I had already encountered in the hotel at Palermo: evidently he was a police- man in Signor Impellitteri's escort, and I do not know how had recognized me.
I want to write one; I've had six years of imprisonment, and I've seen a lot of things. But how does one set about getting it published? Whom does one approach? I don't know anything about it. But you must know. While I was explaining to him, in a whisper, that publishing firms exist, we were interrupted by the long, lean cousin with the crosseyes whom I had seen the day before, the one who had come from a long way off.
He had an extremely sad face. He hasn't even seen me. You must tell him I'm here! I am the only real Impellitteri, the others are all Billitteri. You must tell him! The Mass was coming to a close, and, after a speech of salutation from the priest "Fifty years ago he came in here as a baby to be regenerated by the waters of baptism. Who would ever have 46 thought that fifty years later he would come back as mayor of the greatest city in the world?
This is a miracle of faith. May this same faith shine forth for the benefit of the Church and the nations! After the birth in God, the birth to the world; after the house of God, the house of the state: we had to go to the town hall, only a few yards away. We reached it with difficulty, for the crowd was even thicker: the whole street was a sea of happy faces.
The town hall consists of two small rooms on the first floor of an old house, to which one climbs up a steep staircase. There we were shown the precious papers, the birth certificate, the request for an emi- gration visa made by the mother of little Vincenzino and signed by her since she was illiterate with a cross.
There, too, souvenirs were presented to the visitor a large photograph of Isnello framed in sil- ver, a sentimental novel written by a woman of Is- nello and entitled Torna per loro! Then, from the balcony overlooking the street the official speeches began: one by the representative of the province, one by the mayor of Isnello, and then Mr. Impy's reply. It would be all too easy to be Ironical at the expense of this oratory: there would be no need for the pen of the Gogol of Dead Souls: all that would be required would be to transcribe here if it existed the shorthand version of the speeches, without any alteration.
But I shall not do this, because it would not be fair. These speeches, in spite of their pompous rhetoric, were, in their way, perfect. The representative of the provincial coun- cil spoke of the pride of the poor emigrant, who had become illustrious "not through descent from noble loins, but through the two laws of Sicily the law of honor and the law of love. You have shown," he went on, "what is the true meaning of our empire and of the rule of our people, the highest product of its civilization.
You, a true Sicilian from 48 your very cradle, a Sicilian by your birth certificate, are one of those wonderful colonists who, having plowed the waves which today you traversed again with the flight of an eagle, have established our em- pire: the empire of toil.
I have to thank you, my dear Vincenzo, in the name of everyone, because every- one feels, in your person, the triumph of his own race. And this has come about because in New York there is freedom and equality. Apart from the empire and the cradle the same ones that I had seen on the wall, with the signature M. He was like Christ, a God-Man; and it was on account of his ordinary human nature his Sicilian and Isnellese nature, in fact that all of them, of all classes, honored and adored him: because he was a man like other men, a Sicilian like other Sicilians.
The same things were said, in a simpler and less emphatic manner, by the mayor of Isnello, a schoolmaster: he felt himself a colleague of Signor Impellitteri, and therefore more familiar, on more equal terms, and more proudly and naturally happy. I do not know whether Signor Impellitteri is a good speaker in English: in Sicilian he was perfect. He realized that his fellow citizens were celebrating themselves in him, and he established, in a few words, all the elements necessary to crystallize a myth in which the shoemaker's son might well take the 49 place of the Carpenter's Son.
He began by saying that he was happy to come back, as mayor of New York, to the town of his "nativity. He spoke about his wife and about his "papa and mama," saying: "I am the son of a poor shoemaker who left Isnello without two pennies in his pocket, with five sons, and then a girl arrived: here, they were all boys, and in America a girl.
It all goes to show that, with democracy, it is possible for these lads who are here now to become mayor of Rome tomorrow, or the head of the Italian state or the mayor of New York like me. That is democ- racy and freedom. I was baptized here, and now I am mayor of the greatest city in the world. His words had the same meaning as those which had been heard a thousand times: "The kingdom of heaven is open for all"; but the kingdom of heaven had come down onto that balcony, had become incarnate in one of themselves, and it was called America.
Honor having been paid to Church and state, it remained now, in order to complete the great home- coming, to proceed to the house of the nativity. It 50 had been decided some future apocryphal Gospel will be required to uphold the theory of No. A man from Calabria lives there, who earns three thousand lire a year by doing some sort of little job: only a few people could go In at a time because, they said, the floor was dangerous and would not stand the weight.
Bare walls, a ceiling made of reeds, religious pictures pinned up here and there, a bed the only piece of furniture and, in place of a ward- robe, the rough branch of a tree upon which hang the humble garments of the family. In front of this hut the wise men and the shepherds stood still, in adoration. And here, with the adoration and the nativity, ended the sacred pageant in which Signor Impel- litteri had found himself both protagonist and actor.
No crucifixion, no Golgotha awaited him, however; merely a large luncheon, which was not the Last Sup per but a luncheon organized by the nuns of the Santa Maria Orphanage; and after the luncheon, visits to relations; all of them things in which Signor Impellitteri went back to being just Signor Impel- litteri.
This was the conventional, private part of the visit: the sun, which up till now had been shining joy- fully, retired, and soon the first autumn rain began to fall. The orphan girls were waiting for him, before the 51 luncheon, singing a little song written specially for the occasion; and a little girl presented him with some flowers, saying as she did so: Son troppo piccina Parlare non so Ma un piccolo dono Donare tivo. But luncheon was awaiting us. The journalists and the policemen were put into a small room apart; the Impellitteris of Palermo, who were not known to those of Isnello, and who had come in the last of the escort- ing cars, were left outside the door; and the cross- eyed twins and their father had to be content since there is no hotel or inn at Isnello with standing there and eating some bread and cheese.
We, on the other hand, had an extremely good meal, and at the end of it there were sweetmeats made by the nuns, different kinds of nougat and mocatoli prepared by Sister Maria Benigna, Signor Impellitteri's cousin. Finally there were more speeches, including an ex- tremely eloquent one by the lady under-secretary Signora Cingolani, who during the morning had been the one to cry out: "Vincenzino!
But here is a little present which I wish to give you. Vincent and St. Elizabeth on the walls. At this point it was announced that Signor Impellitteri was giving half a million lire to his cousin's convent, and a million and a half to the commune, in order that, as the mayor of Isnello had advised, public shower baths should be constructed. The gods, having become plain tutelary saints, had of course to perform their duty as protectors and philanthropists: but nevertheless I could not help wondering at the divine uselessness of the gift.
Who will ever take a shower in Impy's shower baths? They will be, it is quite certain, an untouchable object of adoration. It was raining hard now, with a cold autumnal rain, and the mountains were shrouding themselves in mist. Signor Impellitteri, a simple human being again, went and visited the houses of his relations, one by one, beginning with Sister Maria Benigna's convent. The American journalists were searching in vain for a telephone, for they were in an urgent hurry to telephone to New York without losing a minute; and they begged me to let them go off in my car: I myself would take their place in one of the cars of the escort.
I started, in the rain, to wander all round the 53 village, looking through doorways in lanes to where the goats were concealed; breathing in the smells, so familiar to me, of smoke and animals; going into the few shops. In the bar I came across the head of the Isnello Communists, a doctor, who was a member of the honorary reception committee and whom I had already seen at the luncheon at the orphanage.
He too was pleased with the day. He told me that, in face of local events like that of today, which was an honor for everybody, all political differences came to a standstill. The only thing he had some doubts about was the shower baths, but this did not prevent his feeling that he too was a participant in the honor that was being conferred on everyone, that he too just to the extent of one four-thousandth part was mayor of New York.
Night had fallen, and we prepared to leave. As I was going toward the car, waiting for Signor Impel- litteri to come out of the house of the last cousin, a contadino wearing an old military cape came up to me and said: "I want to get a job so as to get out of here. Any sort of a job. I found myself in the car belonging to the municipality of Palermo, to- gether with the officials and other Sicilians of impor- tance. As we crossed the dark expanses of the feudal estates, the conversation turned to the Mafia.
The most important of my companions he was the vice- mayor of Palermo, I think said to me: "Do you re- 54 ally believe in those fairy stories? The Mafia does not exist, it's just a legend. There is no Mafia: if there were, it would be a very fine thing and I should be a member of it myself. At Trabia the line of cars had to stop because a sol- emn procession was passing, amid flaring torches and exploding squibs. I got out to look. Long lines of men were walking in file amid volleys from the "Mascu- lata": it was the procession of the Most Holy Cruci- fix.
The archpriest, who was walking very slowly in front of the great Cross, was informed that Signor Im- pellitteri was in one of the stationary cars. He gave a start of pleasure and excitement, took off his hat out of respect, and, abandoning the Christ, began run- ning toward the Pontiac.
Here he paid his homage to Signor Impellitteri, and begged him to convey his personal greetings to Cardinal Spellman. Early the following morning I was plunged in the deepest sleep, in my room in the big Moorish hotel, when I was suddenly awakened by violent knockings on the door and the sound of someone coming in.
I opened my eyes in the dim, early light and saw, be- side my bed, a man of middling height and middle age, thickset, black of skin and black of eye, who said to me: "My name is Impellitteri! He wanted me to act as his go-between and introduce him to his cousin and speak to him about some pork 55 butcher's shop that he possessed: but sleep prevented me from listening to him.
I dressed in haste, and fled. I wanted to go to Lercara Friddi Lucky Luciano's native land , to see the sulphur mines. There I should encounter a truly different face of the world, a world of feudal monsters who dated back to a re- mote, unbelievable time and were yet still alive today and locked in a fierce struggle with the gaunt sulphur miners. A different world was opening, a different Sicily, although the two were contemporary. Impel- litteri had gone.
Its driver, too, was a different one from yes- terday's, who had been a pompous old man, as affected and servile as a major-domo, accustomed to taking princes and Americans for motor trips and to giving stereotyped explanations, in an officious manner, about anything he was asked. Today's driver, on the other hand, was a young, fair man in a sweater, proud of his ramshackle old car and quite ready to open his heart to us with boyish charm.
I had with me an in- teresting companion, Signer B. He had heard of my plan of visiting a sulphur mine, and had asked if he might go with me. Since we thought we had plenty of time in front of us Lercara is barely forty- 57 five miles from Palermo , and he wanted to take some photographs, we decided to make a little tour, during the morning hours, in the neighborhood of Palermo before taking the road that leads toward Caltanisetta. Gianni, the driver, who was listening to us, broke in and suggested that we might go to Monte Pellegrino for anyone who had never seen that had never seen anything.
But we had already seen it: I had been, not long before, by the long road where the prickly pear gatherers pass with their baskets on their backs, right up as far as the statue of Santa Ro- salia, the protectress, with its very long neck and strange goatlike face, standing out against the sky. I had seen, on the ground at its feet, two other heads, two gigantic heads of timeworn marble, covered with writing, with pencil scrawled or scratched signatures, two huge, abandoned heads.
I had asked a man who, having finished his picnic lunch at the foot of the statue, was just going off down the hill again, what these fragments were. Struck off by lightning, and each time she grew another head, did Santa Ro- salia. But that's what they try to make out. We passed through a thickly populated quarter which they call "Stalingrado" and came out onto the waterfront, at Porta Carbone, which they call "the Kasbah. A barber was shaving his cus- tomers in the street, under an awning supported on a stick.
A gigantic woman was standing inside a hovel made of pieces of timber and petrol tins, with chairs and bits of broken furniture lying about, for some reason or other, on its roof: she was selling fruit, and made a movement of withdrawal when she felt her- self being looked at.
A round-eyed child, who looked like a frog, began jumping all about us, making faces, crouching down on the ground and leaping into the air so as to attract our attention. If you want to see peripheries, there are plenty of them at Palermo. Even in the middle of the town. I know them all, the peripheries. If you like, I'll take you to some. En- trenched behind rags, beneath curtains and movable screens of sheets and shirts, women and children filled the alleyways. Vicolo Capraio, Vicolo del Forno ai Maestri d'Acqua, where the air has a secret look as it comes down green and gray into the narrow openings between the tall houses and little girls carry other, smaller girls in their arms: the spectacle is the same as in the bassi at Naples and in a hundred other places and towns in the South, and there is the same wretch- edly poor but kindly crowd.
In every doorway there is an artisan at work, surrounded by whirling throngs of children. In the windows appear women's faces, numerous enough to fill the whole window space, and bright, shining eyes, and wayward gestures. In a cor- ner, in front of a pitch-dark little room, an old man was sitting on a broken-down chair, patiently making little figures of the paladins of France.
He had a dish full of heads, as though for a cannibal feast, and he was threading them onto hooks at the neck, on the framework. There were other paladins, made of sugar, with wonderful colors and silver and gold ar- mor and red and blue feathers on their helmets, in the little windows of various little shops, together with rosy naked women riding on cocks, and little figures of Bartali on his bicycle.
These were the first to appear of the figures that are always given to chil- dren for All Saints' Day, the ist of November; and people buy them by instalments, bringing five or ten lire when they can, until, by the end of October, they 60 finish paying if they can and take them home.
Here too we were accompanied by boys who pushed and shoved each other, and here too there was one who jumped about like a frog to attract attention to himself. As we went along with this train of followers, there suddenly appeared at a window, like a vision, the marvelously lovely face, pink and white and black, and the shining hair and laughing eyes, of a girl whose curiosity had been aroused.
Followed by her gaze, which triumphed over the surrounding poverty, we rejoined the car which was awaiting us round the corner of the lane. He wanted to take ad- vantage, for his work, of the sun which was now shin- ing in the changeable sky among a trail of threaten- ing clouds: and I agreed to this.
We saw again, at the edge of the road, the small kilns for handmade tiles and bricks, and the half-naked workmen, intent upon their craft among the tall flowering reeds with plumes waving like fans in the sea breeze. The men were covered with earth, their arms and hands were encrusted with earth, there was earth on their tanned faces, on their torn shirts, on their trousers, on their bare feet; and they were nimble and quick and bril- liantly skillful as they placed the earth on the convex moulds, fined it down and smoothed it with light touches of their hands, and cut it all around with a wire, as the peasants of the Veneto cut polenta.
Two proprietor-craftsmen working together can make fif- 61 teen hundred tiles a day, between dawn and sunset. A worker on the other side of the road manages, alone, to produce five hundred a day, and receives two lire for each piece: but he works only when the weather is fine and the sun can dry the wet earth. Farther on, groups of boys, men and women were busy making hempen ropes, round revolving cages in perpetual movement, pulling and twisting the yarn as they moved backward and intertwining the strands with their hands without ever pausing in their walk.
Up and down, up and down, legs bare and bodies erect, eyes watchful and hands nimble an antlike swarming of agile forms on the clear space of beaten earth. How many eyes, how many hands, how many countless individual tasks, with the simplest mate- rials and the simplest, ancient tools; in the fields, also, and in the market gardens full of peasants stoop- ing amid the dark green of orange and lemon groves and the rows of vegetables!
In the sky, over the sea, urged on by the cool autumn wind, the first flocks of quails, coming from who knows where, and tired with their long journey from far-off lands, passed by in orderly ranks, in flight or battle formation; and the eye of the hunter followed them, from doorways of huts or from the road.
A few belated boats, painted with sirens or dolphins and with masts erect amid- ships for sighting the fish, tossed up and down on the troubled waves. But few fishermen had gone out, for it was a bad day: they were sitting in the doorways of the houses at Ficarazzi, which are built all in rows, and playing cards. Gianni pointed them out to us. There were also carts which were perambulating shops, containing all sorts of things, pots and pans and crockery and haberdash- ery. In some there were huge, brilliant pumpkins, cut and ready to be sold in slices to customers on the road, and purple and white eggplants stuck on sticks, like the heads of brigands displayed at the entrance to a village.
As we came into Bagheria, we saw, at the sides of the road, a number of carts lying belly up- ward, with a complicated mass of carved pieces and tiny shapes painted white and yellow, like intestines laid out in the sun. These were carts under construc- tion, and they were lying in front of the ancient shop of an old family of famous cart painters, the "Broth- ers Ducati, late Michele. We stopped to admire the skill with which an assistant was ornamenting a wheel and painting a 63 border on it, making it rotate beneath his brush, while one of the partners was busy painting, on an excellent oil-primed surface, a panel of a battle scene between Bradamante and Dama Rovenza, in splen- did traditional colors, vermilion and yellow, green and blue.
Inside the shop there were carriage doors and panels everywhere, and axle boxes with St. George engraved upon them, with iron fittings and arabesque patterns, and keys carved with the Infant Jesus, and shafts and crossbars in fact, all the various parts of those wonderful vehicles that travel the roads of Sicily, fashioned and painted according to the precious designs handed down from father to son, of which there was a big chest full, in one corner.
We left the painters and other craftsmen who were work- ing in shops nearby, along the road, at carts and plows carpenters, carvers, smiths and farriers to go up the main street of Bagheria, which rises straight up from the sea, between the balconies of the houses, to the very top of the hilL B. He had heard so much about them that they were more or less of a dis- appointment; a strange row of grotesque statues.
The eye becomes accustomed to grotesques of this sort at Palermo, where a stone face with a mustache or a beard, or grinding its teeth and grimacing, looks down from every archway. In the open space in front of the villa was pitched the tent of a traveling circus, and children were peeping through the cracks into its mysterious recesses. From that point one looks out over the sea, the Palermo sea on one side and the Cefalu sea on the other, with a mountain dividing them, behind which mountain live the fishermen of Aspra and the boat-builders of Porticello; and to the right rise the purple Madonia Mountains; and in front there is a brief expanse of plain covered with metallic green, almost black, orange groves, with iso- lated houses here and there, white, geometrical in de- sign, with windowless walls and sharp, nervous struc- tural angles.
These sharp, nervous angles, these arid, violent colors, these relations of white and yellow and red, and of green and blue side by side the col- ors of the carts , are the same as are to be found in the pictures of Guttuso, who was bom here; and here I thought to myself one sees how true and faithful to the earth his painting is. We stayed there for a short time, contemplating the green and blue expanse of earth and sea: but we had already idled about for too long, and the morn- ing was almost gone.
Hastening back over the road by which we had come, we left the coast at our backs, with the innumerable craftsmen and carters and peasants and fishermen who have been working there since time immemorial; and without stopping found ourselves back again at the gates of the town and took, at last, the inland road which leads to Lercara and Caltanisetta.
I had decided to go there merely be- cause Lercara is the nearest mining area to Palermo, and because I had been advised to do so by one of the Sicilian gentlemen in whose company I had driven back from Isnello the evening before. He had told me that these sulphur mines were the most interest- ing I could possibly see, and that the greatest mining expert in all Sicily, Signor N. No, he was not an engineer, he said, he had risen from the bottom, he was an old hand: for him alone the earth, the sulphur, the workmen, the tunnels held no secrets.
He alone knew everything about it, and not an inch of ground would be dug up without him. The gentleman from Palermo told me that he him- self was one of the owners of one of the mines in the 66 area; that he knew old N. He had heard and I myself seemed to have seen something in the papers about it that there had been a strike at Lercara, but he thought it was all over now: in any case it could only be, at the most, an attempted strike, or a partial strike, which would not interfere with my visit.
It was just after this conversation that we had talked as I have mentioned about the Mafia, the Mafia that is a legend, an invention, the Mafia that does not ex- ist. That was all I knew, except that Lercara Friddi was the native village of an illustrious "American," the famous Lucky Luciano, who had been sent back there by the American police, but who, according to what the newspapers say, prefers to live in peace and quiet in the isle of Capri.
We were going, therefore, at a venture, to a place of which we knew nothing. We had passed Misilmeri, we had gone up and down along the fine tree-lined road, and the moun- tain scenery of the interior was opening up in front of us. Hertling was rapidly.
Christianized, as the diocese of Syracuse boasts an apostolic foundation by St. Paul in 61 AD. In , Modica was captured by the Arabs who referred to the city as Mudiqah. In , Modica became the capital of an important county, which under the Chiaramonte family.
The most striking event of the modern era. Annexed to Italy in , Modica remained district capital until , when it was included in the. Chiaramonte Gulfi is located on a hill-top 15 km north of Ragusa at an altitude of m above sea level. The town is also called Balcony of Sicily for its panoramic position, with views over the Valley of the Ippari.
In the area numerous archeological sites from the Bronze Age and Iron Age have been found, as well as. Also Roman, Byzantine and medieval testimonies. The city was founded by the Greek colonists from Syracuse in the 7th century BC with the name of Akrillai. Destroyed a first time by the Carthaginians in BC, it was rebuilt during the Timoleonic era. In BC. Akrillai was the location of battle in which the Syracusan army, led by Hippokrates, was defeated by the.
Roman army led by the Consul Marcus Claudius Marcellus. Thenceforth the city of Akrillai was part of the. The rebuilt centre was known by the Arab name of Gulfi, which means. In Gulfi was besieged and captured by Roger de Lauria for the Angevines during. King Frederick III, moved the survivors to an upper location, called Baglio, which he fortified and protected. In the town had grown outside the walls and had 5, inhabitants.
It was nearly entirely destroyed. Giarratana 34km from Ragusa; inhabitants is the smallest and the least populated city in the. It is bathed by the Irminio. River flowing from the Lauro Mount. An artificial dam built along the course of the river, about 10km from. Giarratana has ancient roots. Prehistoric settlements were discovered in its surroundings, such as Scalona BC and the more recent.
Donna Scala, thought to have been populated by Sikel tribes. Another ancient settlement, named Monte. Casale, on the Lauro mount, is believed to have been the site of Kasmenai, a mysterious town and the. The earliest record about Giarratana dates from the Norman occupation, when it was ruled by Goffredo.
Other sources hold that during the Swabian rule, in , Henry VI,. Casasegia, then to Simonetto Settimo, in , whose family ruled the city for a longtime. On 11 January. The municipality board decided to rebuilt the. From that time,. The Necropolis of Pantalica is a large necropolis in Sicily with over 5, tombs dating from the 13th to. Pantalica is situated in the valleys of the rivers Anapo and Calcinara, between the. Together with the city of Syracuse, Pantalica is listed as. Pantalica is located on a plateau surrounded by canyons formed by the Anapo and Calcinara rivers between.
It is an important natural area with various paths. The Anapo valley is accessible by a path that runs for 10 km along the ancient. The route to the plateau can also split off to the Sella di Filiporto. Palazzolo Acreide and the ancient site of Akrai are situated in south-east Sicily , inland to the west of. While it is the ruins at Akrai that attract the most attention from visitors, the town of Palazzolo-Acreide. The Old Town of Palazzolo Acreide stands out for its typical Baroque style, and it can be assessed from the.
It curves with three overlapping levels in the late Renaissance style:. The third level includes the lodge bell with two bells. The church has three naves, richly decorated with. The Altar is composed of four. In the midst of the altar stands a wooden statue of St.
Paul the. To the side of St. The interior has three naves,. The interior is rich in paintings by Olivio Sozzi The Church of the Annunciation is the oldest in Palazzolo Acreide; probably built in the 13th century - it. The exterior of the.
The church has three naves decorated with several paintings,. Finally, we remind visitors that the Anapo Valley around Piazzolo Acreide stands out for the beauty of. Paul June and St. January , periods in which tourists can enjoy some local products and typical dishes, like the macaroni. Among the main courses stand out the pork steaks and sausage, loins of veal, kebabs, roast. Syracuse was the most important city of Magna Graecia. It defeated the mighty Athens in and was.
At the height of its economic, political. For those travelling to Sicily today, Siracusa is not to be missed. It is relatively easy to visit in a day,. A visit can be split into two easy parts: one dedicated to the.
The archaeological site, situated in the northwest of the town, is home to a staggering number of wellpreserved. Its cavea is amongst the largest ever built: its 59 rows could. The theatre is still used for an annual Greek theatre festival running. Just over the ridge from the theatre are the old stone quarries latomie.
While today there is a delightful,. The name was. Tyrant as a prison for his bitterest enemies. The excellent Cathedral-like acoustics meant that he could hear. The Roman amphitheatre, built in the 3rd Century AD, is also very impressive. Its function was far removed from the Greek version. Here, traditional circus. In the. The best way to see the island of Ortygia is just to wander.
Architectural styles vary widely, encompassing. Greek and Roman remains, Mediaeval Norman buildings and a great deal of relatively understated. Restaurants, trattorias and bars abound and it is especially nice to sit out on the western side in.
On crossing the bridge from the mainland you have three possibilities: turn right and walk along the. The historical highlight of the western side is the fountain of Arethusa. Legend has it that Arethusa,. The Goddess Artemis transformed her into the fresh water. All was in vain, however, as Alpheios located his prey and mixed his own.
Legend also has it that the spring is directly connected under the sea to the river at the. Going straight on will take you first to the remains of the Temple of Apollo, which, being built in the 7th. Century BC was supposedly the first great Doric temple of its kind in Sicily. Continuing up Corso Matteotti. From here it is a short walk to the real centre of Ortygia, the Piazzo del Duomo. This delightful pedestrian. Also on. Turning left at the entrance to the island will take you immediately to the colourful daily morning street.
From here wandering around the eastern limits of Siracusa you fill find a maze of streets that eventually. Noto is, quite simply, the apotheosis of Baroque town planning and architecture. Completely destroyed. Labisi, Sinatra and Gagliardi, set to work, intent on creating a new town based firmly on Baroque ideals.
The idea was to create a linear, perfectly proportioned urban centre whose parallel lines would provide. The town was divided into three parts by three roads running from east to west, thus. At the top lived the nobility, in the middle the clergy, and at. The main building material used was local compacted limestone, a substance that seemingly absorbs the.
The effect at sunset is quite. It begins at the Porta Reale and extends east via three piazzas, each with its own church. The public gardens are situated along this road or at least looking on to it as are the Monastero del. Santissimo Salvatore with its graceful tower, the inspired Palazzo Ducrezio, the Cathedral whose dome. All these buildings are obviously Baroque in style but each is unique with its own fascinating design. The architects seem to have been given free reign to run through the whole gamut of late 17th Century.
Curvaceous concave facades battle for supremacy next to their convex cousins, while rectilinear edifices. Grotesque masks, cherubs and curlicues jostle with volutes. Running parallel to Corso Vittorio Emanuele further up the town is Via Cavour, the home of elaborate noble. The street of Corrado Nicolaci becomes home to flower artists who create the most.
Ragusa Ibla hosts a wide array of Baroque architecture, including several. Under 6 to under In these age bracket referees are to be called Game Instructors, with the aim to. Under 12 to under A player shown a yellow card may continue to play. If a player is shown a second. Under 6 to under All free kicks are played indirect and before a freekick is taken all the opponents.
First stop: a typical industrial archaeological site, visiting the old mines from where at the. The ride will take. The main. Guided walking tour of Modica, we will also have the opportunity to visit a typical chocolate. First stop: a typical industrial archaeological site, visiting the old mines from where at the end of.
Tar was exported world-wide to asphalt the. The ride will take us. Rebuilt after the earthquake that devastated. This excursion is extremely interesting from the. The metres high canyon that we visit is definitely the. Along the canyon there are numerous, splendid. The fauna and flora as well as the wildlife are also extremely. We will start the descent along the ancient steps until we reach. The walk along this flat path allows us to admire the amazing views of the valley.
We then follow a trail along the river until we come across a series. We take the main path back up to the departure. The Corso Vittorio Emanuele, with magnificent. The recently restored Duomo. After a typical Sicilian lunch: Sicilian antipasto, 2 types of pasta, 2.
The church of San Giorgio, also by Rosario Gagliardi, is an impressive monument, built after the. Guided walking tour of Modica and we will also have the opportunity to visit a typical chocolate. Initially it was a slow start, in the dark hours on a November Sunday dawn, where we, a lone band of Excitement builds up as the weather is announced novoloso most. A large part of the route was along a. The pace was fast and we sped past lovely valleys, misty countryside and relics of the bygone.
Words cannot do justice to the experience. A short 3km stint was over pebbly ground another relic of the train slippery for the tires and. The final 13km of the route went through the pristine national park of Pantalica, with its un-spoilt scenic. Right up to the restaurant where. In summary. The general. Thanks to Virtu Ferries www. Carry light food — cereal bars - and water. A few first aid kits in the group are also a good idea.
Be physically fit for the 4 hour ride — less aches afterwards — and the ride takes longer. Full off-road tires not slicks or semi-slick tires. Best to give the bike a good service, especially brakes. Route start is a 40 minutes drive form Pozzallo, hence travel was by.
When news of a recently opened 5 star golf resort in Southern Sicily replete with two championship. The ninety. In fact he was slapped with a two shot penalty. Shortly after our arrival Henning conducted a training session for the boys, and then, after sorting out.
Playing a new Championship course without the benefit of a practice round is never easy, however the. Top scorer John Micallef Stafrace made several pars and played two. All the boys gained much valuable experience from this trip, which has also. Johann Spiteri won 4 out of the 5 races he started at Racalmuto in driving his Jedi Suzuki It includes the Madonie mountain range and some of the highest mountains in Sicily.
The park has six. The highest is Pizzo. As well as being a nature reserve, the park is an inhabited area with dozens of little villages and small towns. The park is also home to a number of castles and. The wild mountainous slopes are inhabited by wolves, wildcats and eagles as.
The regional park was officially created on 9 November Within the park area there are outcrops of. Sicily apart from the current volcanic activity. The collaboration of the Madonie Park authorities and the. European Geoparks Network has allowed the research of students and lecturers of University of Palermo.
Department of Geology and Geodesy. Studies have been made, papers published and educational paths. Madonie Geopark is a member of the. The park is made up from fifteen municipalities of the province of Palermo in Sicily Caltavuturo, Castelbuono,. The Nebrodi a mountain range that runs along the north east of Sicily. Together with the Madonie and. The mountains run from the Peloritani on the eastern part of the island to the foothill of the Madonie.
Mount Etna, from which it is separated by. The highest peak is the Monte Soro. The range mostly made up of sandstone and clay rocks, but include also limestone landscapes,. Towns that are situated in the mountains include Troina, Nicosia, Mistretta. In large areas of the Nebrodi Mountains were made into national parkland. The park covers It touches on many of the comuni in the mountains and is one of the largest protected parks in Sicily. Probably you think holidays in Sicily are connected to sun burn and Italian ice-cream, but they can be different, too even though.
The treeless upper slopes of the volcano are perfect for snowboarding and alpine skiing and the lava bumps and high-altitude. There are two slopes to choose from, both equipped with ski lifts and ample facilities, including instruction and rentals. Each slope is in a different district the northern one ascends from metres and ends in Linguaglossa, while the southern. Visitors may be attracted to Mount Etna with the promise of some exciting skiing and that is what they will get!
But clearly this part. So take some time to explore the unique natural beauty of this area when you go skiing on Mount Etna. For more information call Virtu Ferries on or or send an e-mail to info virtuferries.
Going across the plateau where the lava stopped and a series of switchbacks crossing the evocative lava flow, with. An interesting nature trip highlighting the presence of nordic woodland on Etna, which is most unusual in the Mediterranean. Continue up Etna Nord, Piano. Provenzana along the road which was rebuilt after the devastating eruption. The hike climbs off-road up the eruptive fissure.
Cross the lava flow field and then the eruptive fissure, with views over the Ionian and the Sicilian Tirrenian coasts. A long hike discovering the little known flank of Etna, through various woodlands, pinewoods and vast lava fields. From Nicolosi,. Hike through pinewoods which cover the ancient Monte Nespole craters, then go along the lava fields originating from.
Monti de Fiore. Continuing through various woodlands and ancient lava flows to the Monte Egitto crater. Nathan farrugia has recently launched his fundraising challenge in a bid to finish one of the worlds toughest. The race sees Nathan running through three countries over km of tough. In order to gain strength and experience Nathan has had to travel overseas to practice the mountain running. Thanks to Virtu Ferries , Nathan. It was handy as we carried all the kit and equipment with us in the vehicle.
Sicily is a great place. We were backed up by the Ecotrail Sicily race. The Madonie nature reserve is renowned for its abundant flora and fauna. Nathan crossed hog, deer, eagles,. This weekend 9 avid trail runners, including Nathan and Ruben will race in the Etna Trail, a 30km race around. Graham Sansone, also known as the Maltese Survivor is an explorer and adventure, has been establishing himself. Just recently during the Easter season he has planned a survival. The present property at Mrabat Str.
The survival expedition which lasted for four days took the Maltese Survivor, over uncharted territory facing the. Facing gale force winds and temperatures that dropped to -1 degrees with a. The expedition ended well by crossing the. Unfortunately on the final day of his journey the camera person who. A rescue. This national. These spectacular surroundings. The 29 strong contingent swam in the various laghetti filled with cool, clear fresh water or simply enjoyed.
Others rested and picnicked in the shade of the many trees. The Venture and Rovers. The tough climb back up was rewarded by locally made granita at. A meal at Pozzallo beach ended this enjoyable day and all returned home with. Virtu Ferries Conditions of Carriage apply. These conditions may. Every Monday - This excursion may a. You have already flagged this document. Thank you, for helping us keep this platform clean.
The editors will have a look at it as soon as possible. Self publishing. Share Embed Flag. TAGS sicily arrival departure ragusa modica pozzallo etna sicilian metres baroque virtu ferries virtuferries. You also want an ePaper? The vessel is the largest high speed catamaran operating in the Mediterranean and one of the largest in the world. Jean De La Valette was built by Austal Ship, in , in Western Australia, to the specifications of Virtu Ferries , based on many years of experience on the Malta- Sicily route and the welcome in-put of thousands of passengers.
The vessel carries passengers in 6 air conditioned lounges, with reclining leather seats for perfect passenger comfort. Those who wish may also make use of ample seating space on deck. Leisure areas include, a shop offering interesting and useful items at very favourable prices and catering. The vessel also carries vehicles on the car deck which is secured during voyages for reasons of passenger safety. It is easy to forget that the Island, population of 5 million, only became part of the Italian state in We suggest you look out for the ever changing landscape, a feature even on a short trip and it is not every day that you will visit a volcano, Etna; the characteristic hill-top towns rebuilt after the devastating earthquake of and the affluence of picturesque Taormina.
You might like to try some delicacies, Torroncini nougat or Pasta di Mandorla almond cakes which are nice to take back home with you. Palermo, the capital is a treasure trove; Erice and Cefalu are within easy reach. The Iblei Mountain Range is arguably one of the most picturesque areas of Sicily , with a variety of rivers, valleys, canyons and lakes that bring with them a vast flora and fauna, making the countryside around the baroque towns of the Provincia di Ragusa a paradise for lovers of nature.
Ragusa Ragusa is a city and comune in southern Sicily. It is the capital of the province of Ragusa, with around 75, inhabitants. The origins of Ragusa can be traced back to the 2nd millennium BC, when in its area there were several settlements of the ancient Sicels. The current Ragusa Ibla lies probably on one of them, identified as Hybla Heraea. The ancient city, located on a m high hill, entered in contact with the nearby Greek colonies, and developed thanks to the nearby port of Camerina.
After a short Carthaginian rule, it was administrated by the Romans and the Byzantines: the latter fortified the city and built a large castle. Ragusa was occupied by the Arabs in AD, remaining under their rule until the 11th century, when the Normans conquered it. Ragusa thereafter followed the events of the Kingdom of Sicily , created in the first half of the twelfth century. A Chiaramonte family fief, it remained the county capital after the unification with that of Modica in , a status it lost in the 15th century after a popular revolt.
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