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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.

 

 

Salve

Suzanne

 

 

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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