Italy
Province of Agrigento

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  • Day44

    Castello Incantato

    November 22, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Ein sehr beeindruckender verwunschener Garten mit einer Unendlichkeit aus geheimnisvollen Gesichtern. Diese wurden von Filippo Bentivegna in die Felsen gehauen und die Stämme der Olivenbäume geschnitzt. Filippo Bentivegna hat über 50 Jahre nichts anderes getan als über 3000 Gesichter zu erschaffen und das in einer Zeit in dem er künstlerisch seiner Zeit weit voraus war.
    Mehr dazu unter:
    https://de.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castello_Incantato
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  • Day44

    Scala dei Turchi

    November 22, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Fast wären wir daran vorbei gefahren, dann entschieden uns doch "auf einen Sprung" am Kreidefelsen vorbei zu schauen. Und das hatte sich mehr als gelohnt! Sehr beeindruckend wie der weiße Koloss aus dem türkis-blauen Meer in den Himmel ragt.

  • Day44

    Tal der Tempel

    November 22, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Schon von Weitem sieht man die griechischen Tempel von Agrigent. Man mag uns "Geizhälse"😜 nennen, aber hier konnten wir wieder mal jede Menge Geld sparen, indem wir die verbliebenen Bauwerke aus der Entfernung bestaunten.

    Hier noch mehr Eckdaten zum Nachlesen:https://de.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archäologische_Stätten_von_AgrigentRead more

  • Day40

    Agrigento Sicily

    June 20, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    My alarm was set for 02.45 and I was at the ferry for 03.30 queuing up with quite a few other bikes. When we arrived at Pozzallo it was 07.10 and a comfortable 24c. When I was waiting to get on the ferry in Malta I had set the destination of my hotel in Agrigento into the sat nav which turned out to be a mistake because for some weird reason the sat nav thought I would be getting off the ferry at Catania (a long way north) so it decided to go via Catania to Agrigento. It took me about 15 minutes to realise I was going in completely the wrong direction so I entered the same address again and this time it behaved and turned me around but took me to a farm about 2 km from the hotel! So I put my phone in its mount on the handlebar and Google maps took me to the correct place. Luckily I wasn't in a hurry as my hotel said don't arrive before mid day.
    As it was getting hot I rode with my jacket open and as I rode through the city of Gela I got stung by something. I couldn't stop because of the traffic and never did find out what it was.
    The very posh, but cheap, hotel let me check in early and I quickly realised it was an 8 minute walk to a McDonald's so I had lunch, then a siesta in my room. Then I dressed like the locals do in shorts and tee shirt and rode the bike the 2 kilometers to see the Greek temples from 5th century BC. As the photos show they are amazing....Tomorrow I head for Marsala in the wine district.
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  • Day16

    Agrigento, Sicily

    May 23, 2019 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 17 °C

    First, a shot of our Ford Focus rental. It's large by Italian standards, and Paul tell me it drives very well. It has all mod cons, and is actually built for Android!) Like the ruins the background?!

    Agrigento is quite a big city on the coast of the Mediterranean,famous for The Valley of the Temples. We arrived at about 5pm,and the crowds had mostly dispersed, and the light wa great. We have really had sensational weather in Italy, just one quick thunderstorm that really didn't affect us, and brilliant sun shine with temps in the mid-twenties.

    The Temples were very interesting, and over a huge land area, which meant a lot of walking again. Side note: in the last 6 days, I have walked over 129,000 steps!!! Despite lovely carb laden Italian food,I have actually managed lose weight!)

    The ruins explored, we drove towards the coast to our hotel Kaos. This is a luxury resort, and if you can see on the satellite photo above, the swimming pool is enormous! Paul was sorely tempted to swim, but it was a mite too cool or me!

    Had a great risotto with shrimp and lemon for dinner, and we are currently enjoying the buffet breakfast.

    Today, we are tackling Mount Etna, so hopefully she keeps her grumbles down!
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  • Day44

    Falconara

    November 22, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Falconara ....nur ein Übernachtungsplatz auf der Durchreise, denn wirklich viel zu sehen gibt es hier nicht. Ähnlich wie rund um Almeria in Spanien, steht hier ein Gewächshaus nach dem anderen.

  • Day252

    Camping Zanzibar, Lido di Rossello

    March 5, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Approaching Lido di Rossello in search of a wild camp spot, our initial impressions weren't promising. After passing through the built up streets of the quiet resort, we came to a dead end where a couple of cars were parked in front of the concrete wall separating the road from the beach. There had been road signs pointing towards a campsite and there was grafitti on the adjacent wall reading 'Camping' with a number to call. However, the tall iron gates into what could have been a site, were closed and chained up.

    We stopped to assess our options and after a minute, a short, grey haired man whose skin was as brown and thick as leather approached the van asking if we wanted to look? He proceeded to open the gates and lead us past a small hotel in the late stages of being built, to a seafront haven of gravel and grass. The area was cut into the soft cliff, bordered by flowers and low bushes with steps leading down to the sandy beach. While a paraglider played in the updrafts behind us, the man, whose name was Giuseppe, showed us around with just pride. A small lighthouse was perched precariously on the cliff above and he said that at night we could see its beam shining through the darkness. He pointed out the beautiful rocky cove to the right, where his small fishing boat and one other were moored, before directing our attentions to a stunning white cliff projecting into the sea a few kilometers to the left. Its striations stepped back as it rose and acted as natural pavements along which people were walking.

    Giuseppe took us via the basic facilities, down the steps on to the fine sand, but we had already fallen in love with the place and decided to stay at €10 a night. The late day sun was warm and Vicky paddled in the sea with Poppy while Will swam. We sat out on the sand for a while, much to the bewilderment of the locals, before returning to our 'room with a view'. From the van we watched the lively Mediterranean waters and noticed a banding of colour as they stretched to the uninterrupted horizon. It was almost like a rainbow, changing through different shades of green, to blue, to a thin strip of violet at its farthest point.

    We stayed 3 nights and each day Giuseppe came and checked that everything was going ok, despite not having a word of English. Will went snorkeling in the cove but waves whipped up the sand so much that he couldn't see his hand in front of his face.
    We took a picnic and tried to walk to the far chalk cliffs but rockfalls blocked our way, so we found a patch protected from the wind and ate our lunch there on the deserted beach.

    Unfortunately Vicky became badly ill again and this time Will wasn't feeling great either. We suspected it may have been something in the water we picked up at Marina di Ragusa and Caltanissetta, where both taps had been reduced to a dribble. It was impossible to know but when we felt able, we drained the water tank, wiped it round with vinegar and flushed it through with water from the site.

    On our last full day, a storm blew with gale force winds. The tall cliffs behind us confused the winds and it was fascinating to watch them blowing in several different directions on the water simultaneously. All day long the wind battled with the waves, ripping their breaking crests backwards and whipping the spray several meters into the air.
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  • Day252

    Valley of the Temples

    March 5, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Our friend Cath had recommended a visit to the Valley of the Temples near Agrigento, about half way along the south coast of Italy. On the approach, commercial outlets inevitably allied themselves to this famous UNESCO site and we saw signs for the Valley of fruit, cars, shops etc.

    Will had found a water tap in the town using Maps.Me but yet another road was closed and the ensuing confusion and blocked streets made it impossible to get to. The reason for this road closure was a political rally, there were about 35 coach loads of people waving flags, including a bright red Communist Party one. Having recently seen photos of the NHS demonstration back home, it did make us think of how much our way of life has changed. A year ago we would have been involved in the fight for positive change and standing up against disastrous policies that increase inequality. Today we feel somewhat dislocated. Sometimes this is better for our personal state of mind as we don't get so frustrated, upset and angry. However it has also taken something away from who we are right now and the worth we place in our actions.

    After so many tight squeezes in town it was a relief to find ample parking in the car park for vans. After passing by a small gathering of stalls selling tourist tat, we approached the ticket office expecting to pay €10 each, but were pleasantly surprised to be handed two free tickets! Following obligatory body scans we entered the site through an orchard, guided by a corridor of yellow, orange and blue wildflowers. Amongst the trees were blossoming almonds, some of their white petals tinged with pink being occasionally blown off and catching the light as they fluttered down. The scent of nectar enticed butterflies which in turn enticed birds who trilled as they flitted between the trees. It truly felt as if spring had sprung.

    Further into the site stood a 500-600 year old knarled olive tree - true living history! We noticed fig trees in bud, the orange and lemon trees were fruiting and the pomegranates that were still attached to the branches, hung shrivelled and black. Will picked a windfall almond from a now flowering tree but it too was well past its best.

    The stone ruins dating back nearly 2,500 years were spread over several hectares. On the drive we'd passed a large grid of worn down walls and had spied a huge temple from afar. Commencing our exploration within the site, remnants of buildings could be seen up close and even climbed upon. Many of the massive bricks were cut from sandstone, itself probably millions of years old and containing a myriad of shells from that time. The warm coloured blocks were rounded and compiled into Doric Temple columns, some of which were still intact with only a low wire between us and them. This is just the sort of history we enjoy; wandering amongst artefacts in situ and being able to imagine as much as possible how life was back then.

    There were several sets of columns at various points, denoting where previously grand temples had stood. However, the Tempio della Concordia was the crowning glory, the rectangular structure standing complete on its stepped plinth, majestic and imposing with 38 columns and a roof. The cumulative impression of so many magnificent ancient buildings and remains spread over such a vast site was incredible. We are very glad it was recommended to us and would in turn recommend it to others.
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  • Day5

    Cozze ala Chef / Gullivers Licata

    December 7, 2019 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 12 °C

    Freunde! Es kommt selten bis niemals vor, dass ich banales Essen poste. ABER wenn es der guten Sache dient, sage ich euch, wo ihr the best mussels of the Mediterranean bekommt. Hier im Gullivers in Licata. Unfassbar geil, sehr picante und gesund. Danach geht sogar noch ein homemade Tiramisu nebst Grappa.
    Was hat es mit der „Guten Sache“ auf sich? > Ok, in der Hafeneinfahrt von Licsta Süd Sizilien ist die frische Muschel Bank. Sie sorgt für bremsenden Pocken Bewuchs am Unterwasserschiff der Regatta Yacht. Jede gegessene Muschel ist eine gute Muschel. No matter what Greta says ...
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  • Day7

    Scala dei Turchi

    June 6, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Scala dei Turchi wollten wir uns natürlich nicht entgehen lassen, auch wenn es etwas mehr Fahrtzeit bedeutete. Der Strand ist wunderschön und die Felsen ebenfalls. Du kannst hier schon etwas Zeit verbringen. Leider war das Wasser noch etwas frisch, aber es gab schon Touristen die sich komplett rein getraut haben. Ich war leider keiner davon 😉

    Direkt unten am Strand ist auch eine nette Beachbar. Der Hugo schmeckt hier sehr gut ☺️ Nach ca. 4 Stunden ging es für uns dann aber schon weiter in Richtung Ragusa.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Agrigento, Agrigent, Province of Agrigento, Agrigente, Pruvincia di Girgenti

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