As a followup piece to my last post about how to experience small Sicilian towns I thought I’d share some images of the place where I am living as an example of what you can see in a small Sicilian paese.
I often get asked about where abouts I am in Sicily, I generally say I’m in the province of Messina as most small towns are rather insignificant, in the sense that they tend to be generic, small and therefore not many people know their exact location unless they are famous for some reason or another.
My tiny Sicilian village has been my quiet refuge over the years, a place where I can choose to disappear if I wish, my base to explore Sicily and the place where I choose to write. Sicily is conducive to reflection and creativity, the slower paced life here is perfect for writers and the island has created many well known creatives. The only danger is you actually are tempted to forget the outside world, the island is quite isolated and if you become attuned to its rhythm the external world can easily not exist, in a metaphorical sense of course.
Here below are a selection of photo’s I’ve taken around Sinagra deep in Messina Province to illustrate how beautiful this part of the world can be.
Each town has a similar topography most Sicilian towns are made up of a town hall, a series of churches (for example the town of San Marco d’Alunzio has more than 100!), historical palaces, castles, a main square and a suggestive historical centre where all the older buildings are located.
Not to say each town will all be the same, but if you stick to these standard historical elements you will be sure to witness the best a town has to offer.
Together with local flare, cuisine, festa celebrations and sagre your trip to Sicily will be a rich experience.
Let me show you the town where I live.
This is Sinagra, Messina.
Castles and Palaces
Walking along the side streets
Feste, sagre and market time
I am experimenting with video, so here is a bonus short portrait of Sinagra I recently finished. It’s a little shaky at times but I think it gives you a greater sense of the character of Sinagra. I hope to invest in better camera equipment and explore Sicily through a vlog sometime soon.
I’ve had many people encouraging me to post video’s about Sicily as relatives of Sicilian migrants love their heritage. So this is dedicated to all Sicilian’s around the world and italophiles who can never forget this beloved island.