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The Old village in Vizzini in the Provence of Catania
It was a jewish settlement where the main occupation was tannin leather.
The community eventually left the area and the ground underneath the now deserted hillside town is unsafe. the ground is unstable and the buildings derelict. the place is full of snakes as the tanning pools are a breeding ground. The flies were horrendous and biting there were dogs watching the area for people who held a number of horses in some of the better buildings,
the hills around it are now ful of cactus the fruit of which is a Sicilian delicacy.
It was hot, horrible and a little scary.
I visited there twice, the second time with a local guide who was very nice, a bloke who came to tie up the dogs who was very nice.
We went back to the new town of Vizzini where we met and filmed the most amazing baker at the Spica D’Oro who makes Bread and pasta with Durrum Wheat. He had a twinkle in his eye and if you had told me he was was one of the little people I would have believed it.
I loved the place…..off the beaten track and up in the hills but it remains one of the highlights of my trip there. the 4 hour journey which followed, to Cefalu one of the lowest…