Secret Spots at the Sea


When I first started traveling throughout Italy after college–often alone, donned with only a backpack–I wondered where all of the young women were. Men were out and about in cafes and piazzas, and I’d see older women each morning doing their shopping for the day’s pranzo or lunch, but young women who were my age where no where in sight.

Once I started coming to Sicily to visit my family annually and I had spent significant time with my female cousins who were the same age as me, I discovered where the young women hung out. I discovered that they have their own secret spots! And what I further learned, is that these secret spots are sometimes the most breathtaking and where some of the most memorable moments occur.

This secret spot pictured above is where I swam two days ago with two of my cousins. It is on the Tyrrhenian Sea, off of northern Sicily between Bagheria and Santa Flavia (The two towns where my grandmother and grandfather grew up respectively.). To access it, you have to know exactly where to enter the pathway–under a certain tree limb and over a locked gate. Like many spots along Sicily’s northern coast, there is no sand and no beach here–the sea’s edge is made up of white stone cliffs that cascade into turquoise water.

These secret spots are my favorite–both for the swimming and the companionship. Someday perhaps you’ll join us!

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Cheryl Vella says:

    Hi I will be in Bagheria next june for a month! Can you send me the location were to access the path please? thanks cheryl

    1. Allison Scola says:

      Cheryl, the spot is called Le Piscine. It’s a very special place. It’s along SP23, on the Mongerbino side of Capo Zafferano. As soon as you pass the accessway to Capo Zafferano coming from Sant’Elia and Porticello, start looking for the signs in the wild brush on the side of the road. Bring sturdy shoes to arrive at the sea.

    2. Allison Scola says:

      Also look Ippocampo Dicesa pubblica al mare di Bagheria

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