All the way through Sicily part 3
welcome back. My Sicilian trip continued through beautiful places i would like to share here with you.
After a tiring but funny wedding i participated, i took my luggage and decided to have 2 days on the road to discover some beautiful Sicilian places.
The car is ready to go to Segesta. This is an archeological site in which there is a Greek temple and an amphiteatre. They have been built on 100 bc.
Afer visiting Segesta sites we drove 1 hour to spend a night in Scopello city. This is a very small city located on a a strategic point of a clif. It was mainly inhabited by fishermans and one of the main attraction here is the old "tonnara", the place where Tuna fish were bought after being fished.
[These boats were mainly used for the dail maintenance of the nets and to catch the Tunas trapped into the net]
[These are the ropes used to build the circular net to capture the Tunas. The nets are prepared for a couple of months before being released into the sea]
After the visit, it's time to reach the next destination .. Erice.
after leaving Scopello, road to Erice, a Medieval city located on top of a hill. In this city Riman soldiers could be able to see the navy coming from the sea and terrestrial troops coming from nearby cities.
Lot of traditional pastries to be found in local pastry shops like
almond based cookies, Marzipan or pistachio based pastries.
I have been to one Pastry Shop called Grammatico: Very fimaliar and good pastries. To try!
But most important is to walk through the small streets of the citadel to finally reach the top of it and look down into the breathtaking landscape of the area.
[beautiful autumn forests surrounfing the road toward the citadel]
[Erice cathedral built on IV century ac]
[VenusCastle built by Normann population to pray Venus]
After having spent the morning and part of the afternoon in this beautiful place, we descend the hill to reach our final Destination : Marsala
In Marsla we have been to the so called Stagnone, a big Laguna in front of Marsala city. This place is known for its Salt flats and the beautiful colors at sunset time.
The Stagnone laguna contains 3 small islands, one of which (Motia) contains important archeological findings of Phoenicians population:
- Big Island
- The school
The very strange fact is that local boats surf the sea within 40-90 cm height water level along the entire bay. You can see the backdrop by simply looking outside the boat. Funny.
Phonecians population buils a street connecting one of the islands to the land, and during low tide, it emerges from the sea and you can walk on it !!!
1 hour boat-trip with local guide can be purchased in there. I kindly suggest to take it because it will explain a lot of things about the history of the laguna and the islands.
[The salt mountains along the canals are covered by tiles in order to keep the temperature and to stay protected when the wind blows]
[Sunset view of the salt fields]
I hope you enjoyed it that can help in case you decide to visit these beautiful places.
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