We stayed in this picturesque, hilltop city for a few days while we explored the west side of Sicily. The town is known for a few things. For many centuries it has produced quality ceramic tiles, masks, sculptures and vases. The town center displays them with masks on the walls next to a long staircase with each stair featuring a different style tile pattern. It is also known for the high concentration of Roman Catholic churches, there are over 100 of them in this quaint town. Most of them are used once or twice a year on big holidays or the church patron’s day.
We stayed in a little apartment on the one side of town. It was decorated in an older style of Italian furnishings. We used this as a place to sleep while we did day trips to Syracuse to the south, Agrigento to the north and to an ancient Roman villa of Casale.
We enjoyed many home cooked Italian meals. They were simple yet very enjoyable. I must have gained 10 lbs in the week were there. All the women loved the girl and always wanted to hold her, feed her and show her things. We spent many of walks just visiting with the locals.
In this little town our friend’s parents live. We visited their country house and it was beautiful. We played soccer on the field, swam in the pool and wandered around the grounds admiring the orchirds, chickens and ducks. The dog was happy to have us around and followed us everywhere trying to get us to play with him.