Five hundred through Sicily: Island through the cross -

Five hundred through Sicily: Island through the cross -

Five hundred in Sicily: Island by cross

If you meet all the anti-civic conditions and fill in the arrival form, you can go with a surgical drape. Two low-cost airlines fly from Sicily to Prague, with which you can get either to the western part to Trapani or to the east to Catania.

In order to travel wherever you like, it is best to book from home via the internet at the airport car rental. You can choose from several international and Sicilian rental shops.

A small Fiat 500, the successor to the legendary 500, is enough to drive you to the streets of the historic centers. The roads are well passable, so all that remains is to set the navigation.

Local and Italian drivers drive fast but well. While otherwise they give each other time, as soon as they get behind the wheel, they constantly overtake, trumpet, but at the same time they willingly let you off the side road and stop the pedestrian crossing in a flash.

If you only want to travel within one province and live in the same place, you can also manage transport by train or bus, but outside the area, the connections are not very connected.

If you are taking a holiday on your own, it is good to book your accommodation in advance. If you prefer monuments, it is worth spending the night in the centers and walking them in the evening or early morning, when it is not so hot. If you want to spend a holiday by the sea, you will have to pay extra for accommodation.

Port of Trapani

We began our journey in the port city of Trapani, whose historic core is dominated by the Cathedral of St. Lawrence (Cattedrale di San Lorenzo). The patron saint of the town is Madonna di Trapani, who protects fishermen and sailors. Monte Erice Mountain rises above the town at an altitude of 750 meters, which can be reached by cable car.

Towards Marsala, there are salinas where sea salt is obtained by evaporating the water. Windmills are scattered along the coast, which pumped water and also ground salt. Some still serve their purpose.

The center of Mazara del Vallo is Piazza della Repubblica with its Baroque buildings. What kind of port would it be if it lacked a fish market. In the Kasbah district, you will find yourself in the Arab world, where mainly immigrants from Tunisia live today, without any tensions with Italy. They brought their pottery here and they decorate their houses and walls with colorful tiles.

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The town and the thermal baths are located on a hill and the port can be reached by a staircase decorated with ceramic tiles. In addition to medieval palaces, Baroque churches (such as Santa Margherita), Steripinto Palace and Luna Castle, the residential Arab Quarter is worth a visit.

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The nearby sandy beaches, washed by the crystal clear Mediterranean Sea, are also a great attraction. After all, the sand and the gradual descent into the sea are typical of the entire southern and northern coasts.

Turkish stairs

The unique Scala dei Turchi or Turkish Staircase is located on the east coast of Realmonte, about a twenty-minute drive from Agrigento. The snow-white marl cliff has a stepped shape, and Saracen or barbarian pirates used to seek refuge here, hence its name.

You can only get here by car at the moment. It can be parked free of charge before climbing the hill, where you pay at least eight euros to park the car. A marked entrance leads to a small beach, from which you can see the formation from below. Access to the rock is prohibited from the point of view of nature protection and safety. You can also take pictures of the formation from the upper viewpoint, which can be reached on foot, or drive to the next Lido Rossello beach, which is less visited.

Valley of the Temples and Agrigento

The administrative city of another Sicilian province of Agrigento was founded by the Greeks and called it Akragas. During the Second Punic War, the city came under the Roman Empire and was given the Latin name Agrigentum.

The settlement moved further inland, thus preserving part of the ancient city closer to the sea called the Valley of the Temples (Valle dei Templi). This archeological site with temples with an area of ​​1300 meters, the largest in the world, was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997. The best preserved is the Temple of Svornost.

In the narrow alleys of Agrigento, people from multi-storey houses still run baskets of money so that the baker puts fresh bread in them and they don't have to go down the steep stairs. Once you stay here, everyone will treat you like their old acquaintances.

At the highest point of Agrigento is the Cathedral of St. Garland (Cathedral of San Gerland). The Baroque Chiesa del Purgatorio and the Chiesa di Santo Spirito are worth a visit. About halfway between Agrigento and coastal Gela, the largest city in the province of Caltanissetta, lies Licata, interesting not only for its rugged coastline, but also for its architectural monuments. Licata was almost destroyed in 1553 by Turkish invasions.

Thanks to the natives, the city was restored to its original form. You can get acquainted in detail with the history of Licata in the local Archaeological Museum. A walk through the city will also take you to the Castel Sant'Angelo, from where there is a nice view of the city and the port.

Archimedes' birthplace

The historic center of Syracuse is the island of Ortigia, which is connected to the rest of the city by two bridges. From ancient times we can find the remains of the Temple of Apollo and the columns of the temple of the goddess Athena, on the foundations of which was built the Cathedral of St. Lucie, patron saint of the city. Especially in the evening there is a pleasant walk, which can end with dinner in the local taverns.

Syracuse is also the birthplace of the mathematician Archimedes and was killed here during the Second Punic War, when the city was besieged by the Romans. Diana's fountain is located on the square named after him. The local archeological site offers the remains of a Greek theater, the so-called nympheum, a cave into which an ancient aqueduct opened, and Greek quarries, the so-called latomy. The main attraction is Latomia del Paradiso with an artificial cave Dionysus's ear with unique acoustics.

The town below Etna

Catania is the second largest Sicilian city on the east coast. At the end of the 17th century, it was seriously damaged by a devastating earthquake, so you can admire mainly Baroque monuments such as the Cathedral of St. Agates. The sea is lined with lava boulders, between which you can carefully climb into the lagoons where you can swim. But you will also find a landscaped white sand beach at the airport.

From here, it is a stone's throw to Etna, where guided expeditions are held, which will cost about 80 euros (about 2000 crowns). However, if the volcano is shrouded in clouds and raining, you are unlucky like us.

This is where history went

Taormina, a municipality in the province of Messina, lies on a high promontory above the sea. You can drive to the central paid car park and take the cable car directly to the center. The center is Piazza Vittorio Emanuele with the Gothic palace Palazzo Corvaia.

You can walk to the Greek theater (admission is paid), but the money spent will compensate for the beautiful view of the sea and Mount Etna, if it is not hidden in the clouds.

Taormina is probably the most expensive resort on the island, so you can buy snacks, local specialties and souvenirs here for three times more than in small towns or Palermo, where it is the cheapest. On the north side near Palermo, the city of Cefalù with its shops and cafés deserves a stop on the way back, but above all with a unique atmosphere and a beautiful beach under the rock La Rocca.

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