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Travelling Sicily 2016, highlights in snapshot: Part One

Posted by Suzanne on 27 Jan 2017



Travelling Sicily in 2016, over a few weeks, I enjoyed my days in villages and towns including Polizzi, Caltagirone, Palermo, Trapani and Segesta with some side trips to lovely places like Castellammare del Golfo, Cefalu and Terrasini.

They were days filled with quiet moments and wonder, good food, the discovery of new sights, rediscovery of some old favourites and lots of sunshine.

The 2016 highlights will be posted in two blogs; the first appears this week and the second, later in February.



Travelling Sicily 2016 included: 


Rediscovering Polizzi, drives in the country. eating local foods and staying in new places

Enjoying the silence and charm of Polizzi Generosa once again; spending nights in silent places like Segesta, and the interior pottery town of Caltagirone; country drives; eating Polizzi's delicious badda bean with pasta and having a refreshing fico d' India peeled.


Candelabras, sunsets, coastlines, beautiful faces, village markets, Sicilian pottery and granita

Finding a pair of old Sicilian candelabras at a street antique market in Palermo; holding a dinner at Palazzo Notar Nicchi for a relaxed group of keen travellers discovering Sicily with Putia Food,Wine and Cooking Tours; meeting the passionate Caltagirone potter Besnik Harizi; and enjoying Giacomo Alessi's pottery studio in Caltagirone.

Walking along the sea front in Trapani; strolling the public gardens in Taormina and Caltagirone and discovering more beautiful art at Palermo’s Palazzo Abatellis; sleeping before the solitary Greek temple at Segestawatching a performance at dusk, at Segesta's Greek theatre; enjoying sunsets, granita and a little more.

Looking through my snapshots I have tried to narrow it down.

I hope you enjoy them.


The Snapshots:


Coastline, Trapani


Sunset, Polizzi Generosa


Palazzo Abatellis, Palermo, Antonello da Messina's Annunication


The temple of  Segesta, looking from the road up to my room for the night at B&B Villa Palmeri. The silence was wonderful.


The dirt road up to B&B Villa Palmeri


Detail from the fresco, The Triumph of Death, Palazzo Abatellis, Palermo


Fruit and vegetables, Polizzi's weekly market


Coastline from Erice, looking to Monte Cofano


'The Leopard' inspired dinner, held at Palazzo Notar Nicchi in Polizzi,  for a very enthusiastic group discovering Sicily  with  Putia Food, Wine Tours and Cooking Tours


Fishing boats, Castellammare del Golfo


Sicilian pottery head from the Alessi pottery studio in Caltagirone, now in the sitting room of the Sant'Orsola apartment in Palazzo Notar Nicchi, Polizzi Generosa


Chiesa Matrice, Erice


Fico d' India, from the fruiterer Giovanni, Polizzi Generosa


Looking to the steps of Caltagirone from the balconcy of my room for the night


Francesco Laurana's Eleonora d' Aragona, Palazzo Abatellis, Palermo


One of Sicily' s most beautiful faces, in side view


The little brown door on Via Carlo V, Polizzi


Sunset along the sea wall, Trapani


The Chiesa Madre, Polizzi Generosa


Public gardens, Taormina looking to the Ionian Sea


Driving the mountain road to Piano Battaglia outside  Polizzi Generosa


I look forward to sharing more Sicilian travel notes and stories with you in 2017.







A Note: The dinner snapshot is courtesy of Putia Food, Wine and Cooking Tours and the header image is taken on the TreMonzelli Road heading to the A19 Autostrada from Polizzi Generosa.





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