Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Archaeology or Flowers?

On our recent day trip to the Palagonia-Mineo area, there were many discoveries.

The photo I snapped of the 'bubble gum pink house' (thanks Jann!) sprouting prickly pear cacti from the roof and balcony was taken very close to the archaeological site of Palike'. The site is built within and next to a natural rocky hill, where you can see Bronze Age rock-cut tombs. There are also later architectural remains from the Greek to early Christian periods and a fascinating history that you can read all about in the link.

If you actually visit the site, you won't learn much more than what you can gather from peering through the fence that surrounds it, unless you make a private appointment with the archaeological superintendency of Catania. This seems somewhat appalling since 1 million euros have been invested in excavating the site and constructing a museum to house the finds. What is the point in investing so much in an interesting and beautiful site without making it readily accessible to the public?

In the end, it was all about the fields of wildflowers that surround the site, which are just incredible at the moment. For where there are blossoms, there are also butterflies and bees. It took a lot of bribery to get the little boy out of the flowers and back into the car.


  1. Amazing that you cant' even access the site! The flowers are pretty amazing as well. We have similar shows here now as well.
    Have a great day.

  2. I see lupin! I can understand why your son wanted to stay in those fields. So beautiful spring is...

    Thank you so much for your good wishes Karen. xo...

  3. Enjoy your flowers, Dana!

    Janis, you know so much about flowers, I am not! Please tell what are lupin (the purple ones?).

  4. You were right by my house! I wish I would've known! (Now you can imagine the trouble I have dragging my girls inside!)

  5. Ciao,
    we are planning a trip to Mt. Etna. I read your post about the school trip to the agritourismo. Any other recommendations? B&B?
    And do you think we could climb the Etna with an 6 year old?
    Thanks in advance,
    best regards from Pizzo Calabro


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