:: Palermo, Monreale and Mondello ::
Mostly slides, B&W or colour, and a print or two - from the C20th
As ever, click on the thumbnails for a larger version, and any notes etc
:: The Aeolian islands ::
An island chain just off Milazzo, to the north east of Sicily - known best for Lipari, Panarea, Salina, Vulcano and Stromboli.
Click the thumbnails here for larger versions - some of them with a few notes and comments.
Pictures taken from slides shot during the last week of April 1999.
:: Favignana and Trapani ::
Largest of the Egadi islands - off Trapani, to the west of Sicily - Favignana is
perhaps known best for its annual 'matanza', a traditional method for landing the
huge tuna fish that are trapped in a system of nets and corridors as they pass by.
Click on the individual pictures or use the 'slideshow' facility to see larger versions
Scanned or copied from B&W and colour slides, taken in 1998 & 1999
:: Cefalu ::
A pretty spot on Sicily's north coast, with a stunning Norman cathedral (Il duomo) whose Presbyterium is decorated with gorgeous mosaics.
Slides, from September 1999
:: Agrigento ::
One glorious temple and scattered remains of others.
Some exhibits from the museum of objects unearthed at the site.
The 13th century church of San Nicola - Saint Nicholas - in
the heart of the museum grounds.
Photos from 1998 (slides) and 2005 (digital): click on these
thumbnails to see larger versions - some with a note or two!
:: Siracusa, Noto, Catania &... ::
.. the Acis - Acireale and Acitrezza
Click on the individual pictures for a larger version and a few captions
For Palermo, Mondello and Monreale, see ___http://www.pbase.com/isolaverde/pal_mond
And, for Agrigento ___http://www.pbase.com/isolaverde/agrig
Slides 1998 and 1999 - digital 2005; colour and monochrome
:: Ancient Mozia ::
The Laguna dello Stagnone, north of Marsala on Sicily’s west coast and once a safe refuge for shipping between
North Africa and Italy, contains four islands. On one, Mozia (also known as both Mothia and Motya), there was
an important Phoenician settlement - rediscovered in 1888 by Joseph Whitaker, the son of a family in the Marsala wine trade.
For the pictures of the salt pans and lagoon, see _http://www.pbase.com/isolaverde/mozia_lag
Today the island and museum - managed by a foundation created by the family - can be reached on a small boat which
follows the submerged ancient causeway, built to carry the siege engines of the Syracusan tyrant - Dionysius the
Elder - who succeeded in displacing the Phoenicians in 379 BC.
Individual pictures have captions, click on them - then use "Next" or "Previous" !
:: Laguna dello Stagnone ::
Since Roman times the margins of the lagoon have provided ideal conditions for extracting
sea salt, and salt pans and windmills abound.
The variety of colours in the concentration pools, the heaps of purified white salt, blue
skies and mill sails give the area a beauty all its own.
Pantelleria - Lago Specchio di Venere
Venus' Mirror, a small lake in the north of this tiny island.
One of very few photos from a couple of days spent there in
September 1999, after a three-flight journey - London to Milan,
then Palermo and Pantelleria
The reason for our visit to Pantelleria...
Zibibbo grapes, being ripened and dried in the sun, to concentrate
both sugars and flavour - an essential stage in the preparation of
the island's celebrated "Moscato" and "Passito" desert wines
And, just for the record....
... leaving the mainland on the special ferry ship which carries the
train carriages over to Messina
Across to Sicily
The view to the opposite shore, as the ferry leaves the harbour..