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Sicily & The Motherland Tour

Scopello, Sicily, Italy

ISO 200 f/11 Nikkor 10-24mm @ 22mm.

Stop #1: Scopello, a Stunning Hidden Mediterranean Gem.

You may have gathered from my blog that I am an American expat currently living with my family in Switzerland.  One of my goals while we are here is to bring my children to visit the places where their ancestors were born. I had two great grandparents that were born and lived in Sicily and came over to the United States by boat around 1913. My great-grandfather, Gaetano Turrisi, died when I was young. My great-grandmother, Grace (Fazio) Turrisi lived for over 100 years and luckily I had  the ability to know her very well while I was growing up. Recently I had the opportunity to travel to Sicily with my family and visit their birthplaces. The following posts with be a photo-journey of our circumnavigation around the island.

The first shot was taken in the tiny village of Scopello, about an hours drive counterclockwise from Palermo. The photo is the view of the bay and the Tonnara di Scopello, likely the only remaining evidence of the traditional Mediterranean tuna fishery industry. We happened to stumble upon this gem, and ended up spending hours here frolicking in the sun and warm sea. It was VERY difficult to ultimately leave and continue our drive to our next destination when it was finally time to head out. If you happen to be in the region, this is WELL worth a short lunch break.

Photo is 3 handheld images bracketed at 2 stops, combined with Photomatix Pro.

23 responses

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  2. What a magnificent view and how lovely to retrace family footsteps!

    November 15, 2013 at 4:33 pm

  3. ciao bello il tuo blog passerò spesso mi sono iscritta. Passa a trovarmi … credo che abbiamo molto in comune. Grazie per il tuo articolo su scopello!

    November 23, 2013 at 11:37 am

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    November 24, 2013 at 9:51 am

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    November 27, 2013 at 2:36 pm

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  10. Pat

    Thanks for moderating my previous comment. “Sicily & The Motherland Tour”
    What a magnificent view and how lovely to retrace family footsteps!

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    January 1, 2014 at 8:00 pm

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  14. Jen

    lol, my family is from Sicily and Fazio too. Common last name! Nice pictures.

    January 30, 2014 at 2:38 am

    • Then that settles it..we are cousins! Do you know where they are from. I will be posting pictures soon of the town where my family is from, Tusa, in the north of Sicily. Thanks for visiting!

      January 30, 2014 at 10:59 am

      • Jen

        Sciacca in southwest excited for the pics!

        January 30, 2014 at 1:12 pm

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  21. Emilio Pasquale

    My family comes from a small town in Italy to which we are planning a trip such as yours. Seeing these photos makes me want to leave today.

    August 20, 2014 at 5:28 pm

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