Our hosts are wonderful and have made us feel very at home. Rita is a school teacher and Reno the local veterinarian, who also own their own wine label "Torre Favara" boasting pretty elegant wines, some DOC rated, and I must say are worth exploring. Varietals of Chardonnay, Inzolia, Nero D'Avola, Frappato and some very easy drinking blends. Very nice indeed.
Rita is a wonderful host introducing us to the locals and giving us a proud grand tour of her town, we will be visiting and getting involved in the coming weeks exploring the rich specialities of Mazzarino. Interesting on our way home Rita asked me "Why Mazzarino" for me it is exactly her warmth and an untapped exploration of true Sicilian life that has drawn me here. So far we are both blown away!!
On our second day we out the beach, not much to see in Gela, it is more of a town on the way to somewhere else. Driving west we actually stopped at Manfna Beach Lido you can rent sun umbrellas and lounges here, but of course Roxy was all about digging and swimming. Wonderful sandy beaches and very pretty.
Onto Licata, another little town which is a fishing port, not really very impressive and "overly expensive" very average antipasti and wine. Not much to see here really. So we set our "trusty" sat nav back to Mazzarino. Well all I can say is be very careful trusting electronic devises as it set us up roads that had signs we could not read but could surmise that there was a caution and boy did we find out why.
Our first indication was a collasped greenhouse that had literally fallen down a hill. From there the roads started getting much worse. Again more caution signs up very steep slopes where we realised we were actually in earthquake aftermath!! Sorry no pictures of this as we were actually a bit scared to stop the car, but imagine rippled tarmac and missing pieces of road and building carnage. But it was too late to turn back we had to continue on this track that went on for another 15km or so. Along the way there were many little houses and small villages that were completely abandoned. Gladly we made it back and passed through Riesi, beautifully manicured sprawling vineyards and huge wine estates as far as your eyes could see. Very beautiful country side around Riesi.
Homeward to Mazzarino Miss Roxy decided to "superman" out of the car with her bad habit of trying to attack another dog. Yes we were moving but gladly only very slow, she did hurt her back right leg a little. I think it scared her more than anything so I hope that is the last time she does that. She was feeling very sore and sorry for herself but gladly Reno the local vet was not needed.
Interesting observation is that the young men also gather in cafes during the day and enjoy an espresso together. It is nice to see that tradition rather than beer swilling goons. They seem to have a deep respect for their cultural traditions here, and its really nice to see.
Today we plan to explore the Caltanissetta Provence famous for its Nougat....