Sicily is an elongated shaped island running east and west located south of Italy. We took the ferry from Cagliari, Sardinia to Palermo and then drove to Erice, a hilltop town near Trapani. We were there 10 days and took day trips to the Greek ruins of Segesta and Selenunte. We also toured the salt pans and island of Mozia and experienced a delish salt tasting! We had a gorgeous boat trip to the Egadi Islands where we stopped at Favignana and Levanzo.
We drove back to Palermo for a few days and saw an opera at the Massimo Opera House. We then took a long drive to the eastern part of the island for our Godfather pilgrimage in Savoca. None of these spots should be missed!
Pulling into the Palermo harbor
Views on our way up to Erice
The Trapani peninsula with their salt pans to the left
Castle in Erice.
Clouds and mist blowing through
Tower and church in the morning fog
Cool terracotta pot in Erice
Nuns in Erice There are over 200 churches in Erice
We took a day trip to Segesta
Greek temple and amphitheater at Segesta.
The salt pans of Mozia, south of Trapani and north of Marsala
These salt pans produce tons of sea salt every year
The mountain where Erice sits on top in the distance
These are artifacts from the Phoenician museum on Mozia which is within the salt flats. These beads remind me of the Turkish evil eye glass which keeps evil spirits away
See more pics at my post What’s to Eat in Sicily
We took an all day boat trip to the Egadi Islands from Trapani and stopped at 2 of the 3. Here is the Island of Farignana:
The old tuna fishing museum
The caves of the Egadi Islands
This the Island of Levanzo:
Elite Island Travel is located in Trapani right at the port. They booked our tickets to the salt pans and islands. Giacomo Incarbona also arranged a tour of a sheep farm during milking and a cheese factory and shop that produces sheeps milk ricotta! Unforgettable experiences! Thank you Giacomo and staff! Thank you also to Mario and Maria at Caseificio Ingardia in Paceco located outside Trapani. They produce Sicilian cheese.
Fresh ricotta made from sheeps milk
Castellammare del Golfo is an old tuna fishing village we visited near Scopello.
Watch tower on top of a cliff
,Greek ruins of Selinunte
We drove back to Palermo for a few days and stayed at the Massimo Hotel located across from the Massimo Opera House, the third largest in the world after Paris and Vienna. Beautiful hotel with superb service and assistance!
We took a tour of the opera house and also went on a walking tasting tour of old Palermo. You can see more pics from that at my post What’s To Eat in Sicily?
Beautiful churches in Palermo.
A chapel within the Norman palace. Christian, Greek Orthodox, Jewish and Muslim combined
We crossed Sicily to the east and made our stop at Savoca for The Godfather pilgrimage. We stayed at a superb resort called Borgo San Rocco. The staff were so friendly! Rosemary was especially welcoming. It was so nice we stayed 2 nights instead of one. Creative food with a fresh lighter slant! See my post on eating in Sicily!
The wedding scene between Michael Corleone and Apalonia was also filmed in Savoca at this church. We saw a wedding here too, plus another one that day!
Beautiful walks in Savoca, a hill top town.
Thanks to the new friends we meet in our travels! It’s made all the difference!
From here we drove to Messina and took a 1 hour ferry trip with our car to mainland Italy. On to Puglia located in the heel of Italy.