Sicily - the largest region of Italy. All of its territory consists of islands, with 98% accounted for himself Sicily - one of the most interesting and the most beautiful Mediterranean islands.
We set off at a gallop through Europe, or rather of Sicily and visited many parts of the sunniest places in Europe.
Let's start with Palermo - the capital of Sicily! Honestly, the big cities are dirty and not very comfortable. In Palermo fun arranged traffic - on the streets of many public transport should be in both directions, and for the usual one-way road!
A lot of young people:
and a steep smooth asphalt!
One of the main streets of Palermo:
On the whole, especially in Palermo to do nothing.
Panorama of Palermo:
The best beach in this area - Mondello, to which from Palermo to go 15 minutes by car to the west. At the weekend there is hell, it is impossible to find a space on the sand!
In such situations, it is necessary to take the boat / pedalo and float away! The sea here is incredibly beautiful
In the mountains, there are plenty of unfinished houses, all in about the same state, no one in their lives, as if the place staked out and waiting for something:
On weekdays there peace and quiet! All along the beach there are cabins - they are renting (or maybe buy) palermovtsy. They store all the junk beach, the hosts pulled him onto the sand and relax:
Further west there is a quiet town of Terrasini. There are two beaches, one right at the airport, you can swim and watch for planes landing. The second is for a rock, a smaller, but more cozy. Walk here is interesting:
In the East of Palermo has a wonderful town Cefalu, obligatory for visiting! The beaches are really too crowded:
The beautiful streets ...
The main attraction of the town - Cathedral of Cefalu, founded in 1131. The very same settlement appeared a few centuries BC. e .:
Now go entirely to the west of Sicily. First we pass the wonderful town of Castellammare del Golfo. Immediately on them an excellent platform from which to admire the panorama:
Going further, in a small town called Scopello. There's a small, but very nice small beach:
There is nothing else.
Near Trapani there is an amazing place - a city-fortress in the clouds - Erice. Wet and cold streams of clouds pass through Erice, its residents and visitors to the side of a beautiful valley. Get in Erice can be by car or by lift coming from Trapani:
At the top of the cloud, and often gather "transshipped" through it. Feeling very cool:
The remains of an ancient fortress:
In the fortress there is nothing special. Empty space, walls and several towers. When there are no clouds, it opens up a very nice view of a small fortress on the rocks:
In the same Erice, which can pass through five minutes, very peaceful and quiet:
In the heart of western Sicily, is one of the most famous towns - Corleone. Before it convenient to go from Palermo. There was a mafia parties, and now the story generates income from tourists (mostly souvenir shop). In general, the history of the mafia (as that term is born in Sicily!) Terrible, but interesting to explore. In local wars killed thousands of people, crime, cruelty is simply amazing, open destruction of the authorities, the fight against clans - all on the Italian island, then exchanged a in the US and other countries. Read at your leisure. The road to Corleone goes through very beautiful places:
But seriously, the town is quiet, the tourists do not see, in the middle, even no restaurants. Hole hole!
On this journey through the western part of Sicily was over, and we went to the east, in Syracuse! The road across the island is excellent. Limited to 110, but go as they want, I'm the police for 2 weeks on the slopes and not met, as well as cameras with the measurement speed:
On the eastern side of the island of Sicily, we have lived in Syracuse, where, incidentally, was born and in the capture of the city by the Romans Archimedes was killed:
The ancient Greek settlement in Syracuse:
Ancient flatlet with three beds. Left - kitchen:
The modern church "Madonna della Lacrime" that attracts attention for its unusual architecture:
In the old town, as usual, very nice. The streets are so narrow in places that can rest against the wall if diluted hands. Yet there are many great restaurants:
Beaches in Syracuse really there, but the guide informed about a wonderful place, located in the reserve: "The largest national environmental organizations Legambiente once recognized beach Cala Mosche most beautiful in Italy." The weather was not too good, but we went to see. Since the space reserved, no benefits of civilization is not here. But the special beauty we also did not notice. Wild small beach, not very comfortable. In general, the rank of the best in Italy, he is very far:
From Syracuse you can go to some very remarkable towns. For example, Noto:
Then kiss passers-by. I ducked.
The beautiful streets and Baroque architecture:
Another city - Modica!
Old Italian cars create a special mood:
near the town of Modica and Noto is an interesting city of Ragusa. The modern part of it does not particularly stands out, but the old city is beautiful:
How often is the case in Italy, the city is located on the slopes of the mountains:
Everywhere live. They wake up in the morning and go somewhere to work:
In the center of the old town is the Cathedral, all covered devices to scare away pigeons. Piercing sound scares and ordinary passers-by
One of the most famous resorts in the eastern part of Sicily is Taormina. Sea, mountains, old towns. All that is necessary, but only the incredible crowds. And it seems that half of them Russian:
The best way to the rest - to sail on anything from the shore
At one point found as close zigzag fin triangular sails. Identify who owns it did not work, but got sick bathe
That's it! In general, in Sicily fun, but not WOW! This part of Italy is considered to be more "collective farm", with which, in general terms, it is difficult not to agree.