Off the beaten path in Sicily (Bagheria)
Villa Palagonia or the “Villa of the Monsters,” built in the 18th century, was visited by German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in 1787. He described it as a place filled with “elements of madness,” because to him, its decor was a grotesque expression of the unconscious (And he’s right!). Certainly, in the late 18th…
After you enjoyed a relaxed Sunday morning with a leisurely breakfast, if we were in Sicily, you would have seen this outstanding coastline at Capo Zafferano during a boat excursion with Skipper Vincenzo. You would have had the opportunity for swimming and snorkeling off the boat, where you would have swam in the turquoise Tyrrhenian…
A favorite swimming spot: Le Tre Piscine, Bagheria, Sicily. Strong swimmers only.
The Tyrrhenian Sea at Mongerbino, a neighborhood of Bagheria, Sicily
My heart is complete whenever I see this tower on my cousins’ property in Bagheria. It signals my other home–filled with the life and vibrance of my Sicilian family who I miss dearly. Spero a presto. #seeyousoonsicily
The lighthouse at Capo Zafferano, Santa Flavia, Sicily was built in 1884. After years of vandalism and neglect, it is being restored. It lights the way along the rugged Tyrrhenian Sea coast for the fisherman of Porticello and Aspra.
From the natural oasis of Monte Catalfano above Bagheria and Santa Flavia (Palermo Province, Sicily) you can see the coast of Mongerbino, Le Piscine (“the pools,” where I love to swim at sunset), and the rugged landscape of Capo Zafferano, which from this angle above the Tyrrhenian Sea, may not be recognizable to even Palermitani….
Sunset over the Tyrrhenian Sea from Bagheria with Palermo and Mount Pellegrino in the distance