Sicily 2014

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Sicily 2014

Since we have updated most of our photos of our Sicily series, we believe it fits better into our travel portfolio now.

Since we had to develop our photos again of our Sicily trip and also updated our photos with GPS coordinates, to the extent possible, we believe the series fit better in our travel portfolio. 

We made a roundtrip on Sicily in 2014 with a Cinquecento that we rented at the airport.

First some facts. Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and one of the 20 regions of Italy. It is one of the five Italian autonomous regions and is officially referred to as Regione Siciliana. The region has 5 million inhabitants. Its capital city is Palermo.

On the map of Sicily, here below, we have indicated which places we have visited and have taken photos. There are still many places that we would like to visit, so please treat these series as the first in hopefully two or more.

  • Map of Sicily

    Map of Sicily

On SmugMug we have published 4 photo series of Sicily:

  • Il Giro di Sicilia
  • Palermo, Conca d’Oro
  • Sicily, Saline e Salinai
  • Il mondo montocilistico

From the above series we have made a small selection for this post. When you would like to see the full series, please click here.

The highlights of our trip to Sicily were:

PalermoMount Etna
Scala dei TurchiThe Salt pans and the Salt workers
Tempio di SegestaCaltagirone
SelinunteModica
Villa RomanaErice

Why these places are interesting you can find in the travel guides. For Palermo you need at least two days. Stroll around in the city and enjoy the atmosphere of this port city. It is a very lively city with beautiful architecture, colourful people, a special Mediterranean atmosphere.

Please do not forget to visit the Capuchin Catacombs The place where the living meet the dead The conservation status of the countless corpses exposed make the cemetery of the Convent of the Capuchin Friars, known as the Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo, one of the most impressive places to visit in the world.

Although not mentioned in all travel guides, we found the salt pans, south of Trapani, very interesting. The area is named Saline di Trapani e Paceco. There is a small museum: Museo del Sale. We went also to Salina Grande and Saline Ettore e Infersa. The salt pans with the small mills are very nice to photograph. The salinai (salt workers) give a special dimension to the salt landscape.  They look like dancers with their rhythmic movements.

Mount Etna, one of the world’s largest volcanoes should together with Palermo be on the top of your list when visiting Sicily. Mount Etna (3323m) dominates Sicily’s eastern landscape. Mount Etna is still a very active volcano with spectacular but also dangerous eruptions.

via Benedetto Cairoli, Lecce
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