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Old August 16th, 2014, 09:29 PM   #1
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Sicily: a fatal fascination.

I have decided to re-launch this thread prior to my upcoming, fourth visit to Sicily: a land that I have been entranced & intrigued by for many years. I have re-organised, re-edited and re-selected some of the pictures from my previous thread; of my various trips to, and travels around, Sicily

Sicily has so much to offer the visitor or traveller: Arabic, Greek, Roman, Spanish & Norman architecture, and remnants of those various cultures & cuisines; beaches; vineyards; an active volcano; a variety of island archipelagos; and its own unique culture and identity - very distinct from mainland Italy.

On my upcoming trip I will be based in Ragusa Ibla - a baroque town in the south-east of the island - a town I have yet to explore at all - but feel very familiar with already due to the 'Inspector Montalbano' series having being filmed here ( based on the Andrea Camilleri novels). I will, of course, post those images upon returning in September.

The pictures I am about to post will have minimal accompanying information, mainly location & place names - but I intend to post more information, alongside any new photos I may take and post in Ragusa and its surrounds.
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Old August 16th, 2014, 09:39 PM   #2
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Syracuse ( south-east):




















Traditional Sicilian puppet show:










The Baroque town of Noto - in the S.E:

















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Old August 16th, 2014, 09:46 PM   #3
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Modica - another baroque town in the S.E:





















Vendicari nature reserve - S.E:

There are many abandoned 'Tonnara' around Sicily ( Tuna processing factories):





Marzamemi - S.E:



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Old August 16th, 2014, 09:52 PM   #4
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Mount Etna - N.E:

























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Journey through the interior:





Corleone and environs:













Scopello - S.W:















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Old August 16th, 2014, 10:06 PM   #6
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Trapani - S.W:

View of Trapani and The Egadi Islands from Erice:



























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Erice ( medieval hill top town) - overlooks Trapani:





























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Trapani - as approached from Erice:

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Salt Flats near Trapani:











The Egadi Island of Favignana:









Greek Temples at Selinunte - (south coast):







Greek Temple & ampitheatre at Segesta ( interior):





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Castellamare Del Golfo and surrounding beaches - S.W:










Palermo - N.W:













Botanic Garden:









The Capuchin Catacombs:


















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Old August 16th, 2014, 10:31 PM   #10
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Catania - (east coast):






















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Old August 16th, 2014, 10:45 PM   #11
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Marsala - S.W:













The next updates will come, in a few weeks, from Ragusa in the south -east......

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Old August 17th, 2014, 04:15 AM   #12
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That is what I need to get my fix.....Now I feel fine again......It is a fatal fascination of beauty and livin. My best friend is from there, his family moved to the USA for work many years ago. He has bin back many times and talks about it. He has shared his family and culture with me thru the years, his last name is Miliziano......
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Old August 17th, 2014, 10:29 AM   #13
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wow! breathtaking. this is like a museum of classic architectural designs and sculptures as well.
the active volcanic Mt. Etna is utterly awesome. absolutely, this is one of the best threads.
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Old August 17th, 2014, 10:40 AM   #14
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Awesome, very nice photos from Sicily, Jane
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Beautiful display Jane. We were going to go to Sicily this summer but were put off by the expense and lack of flights from Bristol so chose Crete instead. Looks like a lovely island though, especially in spring I feel.
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Nice pictures from Sicily! My girlfriend is going there next week.
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Old August 18th, 2014, 03:40 PM   #17
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I'm Italian from Tuscany, i also have been in Sicily many times, some fantastic destinations you forgot in your pictures:

- San Vito Lo Capo
- Taormina
- Sciacca
- Cavagrande del Cassibile (the canyon near noto)
- Turkish Staircase (near Agrigento)
- Messina Area (Tindari)
- Piazza Armerina, the roman mosaics
- Pantelleria
- Lampedusa
- Eolie Islands...now for example Stromboli the other Volcano is erupting

and so on...

There is still so much to watch for you i think )...Sicily it's a very incredible Land...
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Old August 18th, 2014, 03:49 PM   #18
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stunning and enchanting...bravo Jane, complimenti

It is my dream to go to Sicily and stay for an extended period of time, volunteering on an archaeological site or restoring an old building with restorers without borders...one day...one day I really hope.
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Old August 18th, 2014, 06:44 PM   #19
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Quote:
Originally Posted by nerd corner View Post
I'm Italian from Tuscany, i also have been in Sicily many times, some fantastic destinations you forgot in your pictures:

- San Vito Lo Capo
- Taormina
- Sciacca
- Cavagrande del Cassibile (the canyon near noto)
- Turkish Staircase (near Agrigento)
- Messina Area (Tindari)
- Piazza Armerina, the roman mosaics
- Pantelleria
- Lampedusa
- Eolie Islands...now for example Stromboli the other Volcano is erupting

and so on...

There is still so much to watch for you i think )...Sicily it's a very incredible Land...

I have actually been to Taormina and to San Vito Lo Capo - but the photographs were neither very good nor very numerous.....

Look in a few weeks for my pictures from Ragusa...


Thanks everyone for the nice comments.....
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next time i think you should go to the "turkish staircase" then, it's really a must!...not photoshopped really so white )

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