Camino de Santiago – Day 1 from Leon to S.Martin Del Camino

The first stage of our journey began in Leon and ended in San Martin del Camino after 26km ride close to a busy street and a few fields of corn and sunflowers. The cloudy weather makes us go more quickly than we hoped. Altre 7 hours we arrived at the Albergue Vieira, a little paradise run by very nice people who offer us a lunch of pumpkin soup grown in the kitchen garden and the inevitable red wine of the house. And We got to know other “caminadores” who starter from the Pireneis and are already on the way for 15 days, and who has left his town in France and is in its 46th day walk. New faces and experiences with a unique feature: HAPPINESS 

la prima tappa del nostro cammino è iniziata a Leon e finita a San Martin del Camino dopo 26km di tragitto accanto ad una strada affollata e qualche campo di granoturco e girasoli. Il tempo nuvoloso ci fa andare piú veloci di quanto speravamo. dopo 7 ore arriviamo all’Albergue Vieira, un piccolo paradiso gestito da persone molto gentili che ci offrono un pranzo a base di zuppa di zucca coltivata nel proprio orto e l’immancabile vino rosso di casa. E si fanno le prima conoscenze con chi è già sul cammino da 15 giorni, e chi é partito dal suo paese in Francia ed è al suo 46esimo giorno di cammino. Nuovi volti ed esperienze con un unica caratteristica: la felicità.


Sicily – Good Friday Procession – Pietraperzia “Lu Signuri di li fasci”

Easter is the event not to be missed for those who want to enjoy the folklore and the traditional religious rites of Sicily, especially during the processions of Good Friday in the inland villages.
A Pietraperzia, in the province of Enna, is organized the procession of “Lu Signuri di li Fasci”.

Easter is the event not to be missed for those who want to enjoy the folklore and the traditional religious rites of Sicily, especially during the processions of Good Friday in the inland villages.

A Pietraperzia, in the province of Enna, is organized the procession of “Lu Signuri di li Fasci”.
The fercolo composed of a cypress wood beam, ending with the 8-meter-high cross is brought outside of the Carmelite church at sunset and left horizontally in the open space in front of the church itself to allow the faithful to knot at its end lots of white linen cloth bands.
Each band represents a vow made by the person who holds it. The function of the bands is also to allow the faithful to maintain balance in the long wooden rod along the career path that crosses the country.
This very impressive procession starts shortly after 20:00 and lasts about 3 or 4 hours. and it is accompanied by the launches of the dead Christ and Our Lady of Sorrows carried on the shoulders of a group of women. The grueling procession, but full of emotion, ends at about two in the morning.
It’s really worth visiting this small town to immerse themselves in one of the oldest Easter rites of Sicily.


Pasqua è l’appuntamento da non perdere per chi vuole assaporare il folclore e i riti religiosi più tipici della Sicilia, soprattutto durante le processioni del Venerdì Santo nei paesi dell’entroterra.
A Pietraperzia, in provincia di Enna, viene organizzata la processione de “Lu Signuri di li Fasci”.
Il fercolo composto da untrave di legno di cipresso, terminante con la croce ad 8 metri di altezza viene portato all’esterno della chiesa del Carmine verso il tramonto del sole e lasciata in posizione orizzontale nello spiazzale antistante la chiesa stessa per permettere ai fedeli di annodare alla sua estremità tantissime fasce di tela di lino bianche.
Ogni fascia rappresenta un voto fatto dalla persona che la tiene. La funzione delle fasce è anche quella di consentire ai fedeli di mantenere in equilibrio la lunga asta di legno lungo il percorso professionale che attraversa tutto il paese.
Questa processione molto suggestiva inizia poco dopo le 20:00 e dura all’incirca 3 o 4 ore. ed è accompagnata dalla vara del cristo morto e della Madonna addolorata portata a spalla da un gruppo di donne. La processione estenuante, ma ricca di emozioni, termina verso le ore due di notte.
Vale veramente la pena visitare questo piccolo centro per calarsi in uno dei riti Pasquali più antichi della Sicilia.

Ronda & Setenil de las Bodegas – Cliffs All-Aroung – Andalucia, Spain

One of the oldest and most spectacular Andalusian city, on the top of a plateau divided by a 100m deep gorge called El Tajo. It is located in an area away from the coast once famous for its trade and for attracting in the 19th century many famous people, such as Dumas and Hemingway who have found their inspiration from the its landscape and folklore.
Start to visit from the south, the new town, going to the old part, the Ciudad crossing the spectacular Ponte Nuevo which offers a breathtaking view of El Tajo, surrounded by a row of white houses built over the cliff.
For the braves, the Casa del Rey Moro, in the vicinity of the Ponte Nuevo, has a stair of 300 steps leading down to the bottom of the gorge. Be very careful, the stairs is largely in the dark and very slippery being carved into the rock. Once was used as an escape, or as a way to source the water to the city as well as point to attack the city.
To the north of the new bridge you will find the Plaza de Espana in the neighborhood of Mercadillo, famous for one of the novels written by Hemingway on the Spanish fascist period.
Continue north to the real attraction of Ronda and whole Andalusia, for the nostalgic but also for the curious of bullfighting and its history. The Arena of Plaza deToros still used after 200 years, is characterized by the intense yellow of its sand and hand-painted wooden balustrades that surround the 5000 seats. inside the Arena is the museum Taurino, a dip in the history of bullfighting. There you can learn more about the legend of bullfighting: Pedro Romero. His clothes are still stained with blood, a little macabre but rich in folklore. The fear and tension of this environment was also the subject of an ‘other work of Hemingway “Death at noon.”
Leaving the Plaza de Toros and still continuing to the north, relax and enjoy the wonderful scenery and the tranquility of Alameda del Tajo.
But what is the most interesting thing of Ronda? certainly its inhabitants, mainly gitanos who will welcome you with great familiarity and drag you in pleasant chats about their private lives, marriages, children, grandchildren, festivities, perhaps in front of a cool glass of tinto de verano. You will be enchanted by this fantastic and almost mythological place.
Setenil de las Bodegas
A country dug in the rocky walls of a plateau crossed by the river Rio Trejo
Cave houses complemented by beautiful white facades on the narrow streets. Terraces and natural shelters built into the rock and tunnel whose walls are the white walls of houses and the roof made of a overhanging rock.
Differenently from the other white villages, Setenil is built in Caves. On the border between the province of Cadiz and the province of Malaga, it is reachable from Ronda driving approx. 100km northward. it is s part of the characteric white villages ranging from Setenil to Arcos de la Frontera. In the past is served much to defend the Christian inhabitants of these areas by the Moorish in 1400 and now become attraction for tourists, many of those homes are now restaurants and bars in which you should keep an eye to understand what it was like to live in caves hundreds of years ago. Setenil is a beautiful place to discover on foot through its narrow streets, stopping to savor the great offering of its tapas bars, grilled meat, patatas bravas, followed by ice cold beer to drink in the shade of a cool shelter carved directly in the rock.

Flying between sea and mountains – San Marco d’Alunzio – Sicily

One of the most beautiful villages of Sicily. Fresh air, nice people, and amazing food in front of a breath taking landscape over the Aeolian Islands.

How to reach San Marco d’Alunzio

latitude: 38.073723; Longitude: 14.697948

San Marco d’Alunzio, an ancient village of great cultural and tourist interestin the province of Messina  is one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Overlooking the Tyrrhenian coast up to the Aeolian islands from a height of 548 meters. Churches, Monuments and Museums, along with the fresh air and beautiful landscapes, make San Marco d’Alunzio, a place to discover, visit, know. You’ll come across in his courteous and hospitable inhabitants who are very easy to socialize with and learn their tips about amazing places that lurk around every corner. The village in the green of the Nebrodi Park is 87 km from Messina and 135 from Palermo.  Among its treasures: the Temple of Hercules of the fourth century BC, the ruins of the Norman castle, the Baroque facades of churches, medieval streets, the Museum of Byzantine-Norman, of Sacred Art and the ethno-anthropological heritage of the Capuchin friars. Make sure to try the local cuisine, such as home made agnolotti filled with pumpkin, white ragout of the pig of Nebrodi and fondue.


San Marco d’Alunzio, ein altes Dorf der großen kulturellen und touristischem Interesse in der Provinz von Messina ist einer der schönsten Dörfer Italiens. Aus einer Höhe von 548 MeternBlickt man auf das Tyrrhenische Küste bis zu den Äolischen Inseln. Kirchen, Denkmäler und Museen, zusammen mit der frischen Luft und den schönen Landschaften, machen San Marco d’Alunzio, ein Ort zu entdecken, besuchen, kennenlernen. Sie werden über die gastfreundlichkeit seiner Bewohner beeindruckt, indem einfach im Kontakt mit Ihnen kommen um ihre Tipps zum Besichtigung den erstaunlichen Orten, die an jeder Ecke lauern zu bekommen. Das Dorf mit im Grün der Nebrodi Park ist 87 km von Messina und 135 von Palermo zählt zu ihrem Schätzen: der Tempel des Herkules aus dem vierten Jahrhundert vor Christus, die Ruinen der normannischen Burg, die barocken Fassaden der Kirchen, die mittelalterlichen Straßen, das Museum der byzantinisch-normannischen, der sakrale Kunst und der ethno-anthropologischen Erbe der Kapuziner. Benutzen Sie die Chance die lokale Küche zu probieren, wie z.B.: die hausgemachte Agnolotti mit Kürbiskreme gefüllt, mit weißen Ragour vom Schwein der Nebrodi und Fondue.


San Marco d’Alunzio, antichissimo paese della provincia di Messina di notevole interesse culturale e turistico fa parte del circuito dei borghi più belli d’Italia. Dall’alto dei suoi 548 metri domina la costa tirrenica da Cefalù a Capo d’Orlando, fino alle isole Eolie. Chiese, Monumenti e Musei, insieme all’aria purissima e ai panorami stupendi che l’abitato offre, rendono San Marco d’Alunzio, un paese da scoprire, visitare, conoscere. Vi imbatterete nei suoi abitanti cortesi ed ospitali con cui è molto facile socializzare e conoscere i segreti che si celano dietro ogni angolo.  Il paese immerso nel verde del Parco dei Nebrodi dista 87 km da Messina e 135 da Palermo. Tra i suoi tesori: il Tempio di Ercole del IV sec. a.C., i ruderi del castello Normanno, le facciate barocche delle chiese, i vicoli medievali, il Museo di Arte Bizantino-Normanna, quello di Arte Sacra e quello etnoantropologico dei frati Cappuccini. Assolutamente da provare anche la cucina locale, comeagnolotti di casa ripieni di zucca al ragù bianco di maiale dei Nebrodi e fonduta.


San Marco d’Alunzio, es un atiguo pueblo en la provincia de Messina de gran interés cultural y turístico forma parte del circuito de los pueblos más bellos de Italia. Desde una altura de 548 metros con vistas a la costa del Tirreno de Cefalú en Capo d’Orlando, a las islas Eolias. Las iglesias, monumentos y museos, junto con el aire puro y hermosos paisajes que ofrece el pueblo, hacen de San Marco d’Alunzio, un sitio por descubrir, visitar y conocer. Te encontrarás en sus corteses y amable habitantes ,  es muy fácil de socializar y aprender los secretos que se esconden en cada esquina. El pueblo en Parco de Nebrodi está a 87 km lejos de Messina y 135 de Palermo. Entre sus tesoros: el templo de Hércules en el siglo IV. BC, las ruinas del castillo normando, las fachadas barrocas de las iglesias, las calles medievales, el Museo Bizantino Normando, una de Arte Sacro y el patrimonio etno-antropológico de los frailes capuchinos. No deje de probar la cocina local, casa come “agnolotti”rellenos de calabaza ragout de cerdo blanco Nebrodi y fondue.