The Targa Florio Classic, pictured here from 2016 (Photo Credit: Filippo Buttitta), is a historical car race that travels through northern Sicily, including towns like Cerda, Castelbuono, and Cefalù. Cars wiz through the switchbacks of the National Parco delle Madonie. The final day includes an award ceremony at Palermo’s Teatro Massimo theater. This year’s Targa…
All the Fields are Brown
By now in the summer season, the sun has been beating down on Sicily’s landscape. The wheat has been harvested and the fields are brown.
Public transportation enables travelers to access the major cities in Sicily; However, renting a car is the most convenient option if you hope to visit mountain towns and some of the more remote archaeological sites such as Segesta and Selinunte. Travelling by car also enables you to stay at agriturismi (farm houses) and to have…
Italy’s Red Roadside Houses
I’ve always wondered about these “Pompeii red” colored buildings that dot Italian state roads. They are called “case cantoniere” and they are owned by ANAS, a government agency that is responsible for the maintenance of the country’s roadway system. ANAS, or Azienda Nazionale Autonoma delle Strade (National Autonomous Roads Corporation), was founded after WWII in…
Marvels of ancient and modern engineering sit side by side in Sicily. At Segesta, from the 3rd century BC amphitheater you can see the 20th century elevated autostrada.