A trip to Sicily – Pt 6:On the road to Catania

Welcome back to my little corner of the internet!

In the last blog post we got ready to leave Agrigento, you can find it here. Today, we’ll be traveling to Catania. On our road to our destination, we’ll travel through the heart of the island.

On our road, we stop close to an old sulfur mine. The mine was closed, but it is a reminder of the great export worldwide until the 1930s. As a matter of fact, the workers in the sulfur mines have been immortalised in literary works by authors like Luigi Pirandello.

Our next stop is in the highest city in Europe: Enna. It is a small province in the Sicilian mountains. At almost 1000m above sea level, it features a drastic temperature difference from the other provinces. So, if you are suffering from the heat in summer, head over to Enna and enjoy the fresh mountain air.

Enna is a small town with an impressive castle. Points of interest include its cathedral and an inscription showing where Cicero lived during his stay in the city.

The impressive castle, Castello di Lombardia, for such a small town on the top of a mountain. It was used by the Romans, later by the Byzantines, the Arabs and the Normans. It is actually among the largest castles in Europe and on the top, you have a gorgeous view of the valleys below.

From the castle, you can see the neighbouring town of Calascibetta, also on the summit of a mountain and the valleys of the Sicilian countryside.

And for today, this is all. We arrive in Catania an hour later and get ready to explore.

To be continued…

Do you like castles and mountains? Let me know in the comments below.



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