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Between Palermo and Agrigento

Between Palermo and Agrigento

Sicily’s interior was a long time associated with many clichés: donkey carts; widows dressed in black in the streets and alleys; men, their flat caps askew on their heads, with sawn-off shotguns under their arms. These images are still perpetrated in popular films and blockbuster novels. In contrast, the younger generation in towns like San Giuseppe lato, Prizzi and Corleone is trying to create a future for itself without the Mafia. Yet a portion of the landscape remains unchanged since Roman antiquity, and durum wheat ripens each year on the golden hills of Sicily’s interior.

Walk: Caccamo and Monte S. Calogero

Walk: Caccamo and Monte S. Calogero

Monte S. Calogero, rising almost vertically more than 1300m/4265ft from the coastal plain, is the unchallenged kingdom of birds of prey or the adventurous hikers who climb to the summit. Coming from inland, the ascent is a bit easier, but for all that, the mountain doesn’t lose its majesty. Caccamo is a small town well worth visiting. The 14th-century castle of the Chiaramonte is among the largest, best preserved and most beautiful in Sicily.

 

 

Described as walk 35 in Landscapes of Sicily. Car tours and walks, Sunflower (20134). Have a look at the editors web site with current updates: www.sunflowerbooks.co.uk/product/walking-in-sicily/.

Walk: Valle del Fanuso and Cozzo Fanuso

Walk: Valle del Fanuso and Cozzo Fanuso

There’s an enchanted landscape awaiting discovery at the foot of Rocca Busambra. You wander in the shade of gnarled old oak trees and across sunlit meadows. The Bosco della Ficuzza-wood is at its most beautiful in April and May, when the peonies (Paeonia mascula) are in bloom. The sandstone cliffs of Cozzo Tondo will offer you wide-ranging views.

 

 

Described as walk 30 in Landscapes of Sicily. Car tours and walks, Sunflower (20134). Have a look at the editors web site with current updates: www.sunflowerbooks.co.uk/product/walking-in-sicily/.

Walk: Rocca Busambra and Bosco della Ficuzza >>track on Google Maps



A royal wood, the Bocca della Ficuzza, and a majestic mountain, Rocca Busambra, are the highlights of this walk. Hunting was the great passion of the Bourbon King Ferdinand IV, and he made sure that the forests were protected from further wood-cutting by establishing a Real Riserva. In 1803 his architect, Marvuglia, built the hunting castle in Ficuzza. Today this beautiful area is a protected nature reserve. Rocca Busambra itself is one of the most impressive mountain formations in Sicily, and the view from the top is magnificent, but the ascent does require some alpine mountaineering experience. The track shown below doesn't correspond 100% with walk 31!


Described as walk 31 in Landscapes of Sicily. Car tours and walks, Sunflower (20134). Have a look at the editors web site with current updates: www.sunflowerbooks.co.uk/product/walking-in-sicily/.


Walk: Rocca Busambra on a bigger screen

Walk: Monti di Palazzo Adriano >>track on Google Maps



Palazzo Adriano lies on the northern slopes of Monti Sicani, deep in the Sosio Valley. The small town and surrounding landscape are among the most beautiful in inland Sicily, and this walk will give you the bird’s eye view. The Sicilian film director Giuseppe Tornatore chose the village as the setting for his Oscar-winning 'Cinema Paradiso'. Palazzo Adriano is as inviting in reality as it was in the film but, amazingly, it has not yet attracted a myriad of tourists. So you can enjoy this miraculous little place without the crowds. The village is, however, a Mecca for paleontologists. The Pietra dei Saraceni, Pietra di Salamone and other limestone rocks in the surroundings contain a wealth of fossilised fauna from the early Permian period.


Described as walk 32 in Landscapes of Sicily. Car tours and walks, Sunflower (20134). Have a look at the editors web site with current updates: www.sunflowerbooks.co.uk/product/walking-in-sicily/.


Walk: Palazzo Adriano on a bigger screen

Walk: Torre Salsa and Eraclea Minoa >>track on Google Maps



The Torre Salsa Nature Reserve (www.wwftorresalsa.com) and the adjacent beach of Eraclea Minoa with the striking Capo Bianco further to the west are among the last pristine stretches of coast in the province of Agrigento. Dazzling white cliffs of gypsum, marl and soft limestone jutt out into the sea, cupping large bays with golden beaches. Sometimes, in June and July, loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) deposit their eggs in the sand. The estuaries of the Torrente Salso and the Fiume Platani are a haven for water fowl and migrating birds. The local WWF will arrange for excursions.


Described as walk 33 in Landscapes of Sicily. Car tours and walks, Sunflower (20134). Have a look at the editors web site with current updates: www.sunflowerbooks.co.uk/product/walking-in-sicily/.


Walk: Torre Salsa on a bigger screen

Walk: Sant'Angelo Muxaro >>track on Google Maps



Lying at the top of a plateau, Sant’Angelo Muxaro dominates the middle reaches of the Platani Valley. It is thought that nearby Monte Castello may have been the site of legendary Kamikos, capital of the Sicanians in ancient times. Findings in the Bronze Age graves document close connections with Mycenae. Sant'Angelo Muxaro is home to a model association (www.valdikam.it) engaged in alternative tourism.


Described as walk 34 in Landscapes of Sicily. Car tours and walks, Sunflower (20134). Have a look at the editors web site with current updates: www.sunflowerbooks.co.uk/product/walking-in-sicily/.


Walk: Sant'Angelo Muxaro and Monte Castello on a bigger screen

 

 

 

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