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22 Nov. 2009 S.Margherita Belice e Caltabellotta -Sicily-Italy
« on: November 28, 2009, 12:16:39 am »



Moto used: 2 BMW R 1200 GS - BMW R 1200 GS ADV-1200-Harley Yamaha FZ6-Sym Joymax 300

Stages: Palermo-S.Margherita Belice-Caltabellotta Sambuca di Sicilia-Palermo-Sciacca -

Nations visit: Italy

Visited regions: Sicily

Km covered: 230

Duration: 1 day
10.00 am beautiful day and ideal temperature for a beautiful day on the road. Rendezvous point and after all the presentations with the newcomers in the group you can go in the direction of S. Margherita Belice through the SS624. Only 73 km separate us from our first goal. In short we arrive at the destination. We park the bike in front of the pizza joint right in front of Palazzo http://www.comune.santamargheritadibelice.ag.it/ Cutò. Today we visit the interesting Museum of Leopard, the structure created around the myth of one of the most famous novels of 900, just the Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, just that here at St. Margherita Belice spent much of his childhood. Leading the kind Mrs Rosalia which will guide us during our visit. The centerpiece of the museum is indeed an authentic copy of the manuscript and the typescript of the Prince, donated to the museum by Gioacchino Lanza Tomasi. After the visit, Ms Rosalie kindly allows us to also visit the adjacent Memorial Museum, housed in what remains of the Cathedral Church destroyed by the violent earthquake of 1968. The museum runs through a series of images of time, the tragedy that the people there are faced following the earthquake. Leaving the square before returning it to bike, take a short break in the nearby bar for a quick snack of cupcakes with ricotta cheese and coffee. We leave to the final goal Caltabellotta http://www.caltabellotta.com/ This time we plan to enjoy a little 'landscape and a few corners, so we head Sambuca di Sicilia through the SS188 and then again to take the Giuliani for SP118 to San Carlo and finally take the beautiful SP19 until Caltabellotta. The road is completely immersed in the green and on every corner you can always see a different landscape. Entrance of a country rock, with the cave-tombs which represent the necropolis Sicani. Quickly come to the wonderful scenery of the Church of Madrice (Cathedral) 's XI century. The scenery is fantastic, they remain enchanted. The cathedral is still closed, so I take the opportunity to tour around the structure from where you can enjoy a stunning setting on the whole country. A few steps from the cathedral, just below the ruins of the castle, the so-called "purtusu" a natural step in the rock that connects the north with the south of the country. It 'time for lunch, so we decide to put something between your teeth and then visit the ruins of the Norman castle. Our choice falls on the Restaurant - Pizzeria San Pellegrino - San Pellegrino C.da Tel e Fax 0925 951496 - Cell 329 6476857 - 339 8778443 - E-mail: sanpellegrino@libero.it welcomed by friendly and very kind Pino. The place is charming, located just below the ancient hermitage of San Pellegrino at 950 meters high and a wonderful view over the town. To begin a series of appetizers rustic-based products are produced locally and then delight in the sensational busiate pasta sauce made of fresh mushrooms and spicy, with a good sprinkling of ricotta salata, in short, a delirium of pleasure for our "belly"! To conclude with a flourish, cassatele with ricotta cheese and hot coffee! After this big blowout takes just a digestive walk, so the bikes again, back to the Cathedral which has now been opened, take the opportunity to visit inside. After the visit we walk on the ridge of rock where there are the ruins of the Norman castle known by some as Luna Castle, the most important family who had the castle and by others as the castle of Queen Sibylla, in relation to a historical fact happened inside. Through the steps you go through a port and then reach the top, where you can admire a 360 ° view over the whole territory. Low clouds all around give a particularly striking touch. The sun is now setting so as soon as his silhouette on the horizon disappears after a last souvenir photos, leave this enchanted city to return home. After a coffee we move on to Sciacca, then return through the SS624 towards Palermo. Along the banks of thick fog (a real rarity in these parts) slow down our return, but no matter
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