Monday, September 26, 2011

Pictorial View of SE Sicily

Having just come back from a holiday in Sicily (after not visiting for a long time) thought I would put up a load of pics instead of writing about it.
Have to say I was disappointed with the towns - most of them are still very tatty, but the countryside is lovely and the miles and miles of uncrowded beaches are really breathtaking. Biggest disappointment though was Caltagirone - the town is quite a slum. Unfortunately most of the shops were shut but the few that were open had ridiculous prices. Also found the famous steps a bit of an anti-climax..........maybe my hopes were too high. BUT having said all that, once you have left the towns you are immediately out in lovely rugged countryside - the type of countryside I love and much prefer to vast expanses of forest and open flat plains. The thing I enjoyed the most was seeing all the old farm buildings and Masserie - a complete paradise for anyone who is interested in converting old buildings.
We stayed in a lovely late 19th Century villa just along the road from Cava d'Ispica. The countryside is scattered with these villas which seem to have a trademark of beautifully well built walls
surrounding olive groves and palm trees in the front of the houses. We passed quite a few which were shouting out to be converted.

(Thought I said I would not be writing about it!)


This Bonsai type Olive tree was just down the road near the Villa we stayed in.


The famous Santa Maria del Monte steps




Santa Maria del Monte church


Front view of Villa Tromabdore where we stayed.


Tiki Beach Club beach just a couple of minutes drive East from Pozzallo beach.

More pictures to come.

2 comments:

Joe said...

What does "tatty" mean?

Bunty said...

Shabby.

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