Calascibetta is a charming town in the center of Sicily. Instead of going to an overcrowded beach, we opted to spend a lovely afternoon in this small city.
After enjoying a delicious ice cream at a bar overlooking the main square of Calascibetta, Piazza Umberto, we headed for the Royal Palatine Chapel. It is located in the upper town. King Peter II of Aragon built it in 1340. The colonnade shows a series of enigmatic bas-reliefs. The most mysterious is the one at the base of a column on the right. A local stonecutter made it. Of course, he had a knack for creating works of art.
On the way back to our car, we saw a sundial. It is the smallest sundial I have ever seen, and it is still working!
A short distance from there, we visited some caves. There were about one thousand caves in Calascibetta, most of them hidden by the modern buildings. Perhaps, people lived there in ancient time.
We enjoyed a very quiet, peaceful, and happy holiday. Happiness is inside, not outside! We do not need to search it outside ourselves!
Ettore Grillo, author of these books:
– November 2: The Day of the Dead in Sicily (English edition)
– A Hidden Sicilian History (English edition)
– The Vibrations of Words (English edition)
– Travels of the Mind (English edition)
– Una Storia Siciliana Nascosta (edizione in lingua italiana)
– Viaggi della Mente (edizione in lingua italiana)