Sciacca and Caltabellotta

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The ride from Agrigento was very pleasant though not outstanding. Sciacca is not noted as a tourist town and that made for quite a pleasant change. Washing lines attached to the masonry of a church are not to be found everywhere and there was a restaurant in the square with a great view of the marina and fishing port below. However I was only there a short time before taking a local bus to the hilltop visit of Caltabellotta.

Somewhat surprisingly few Sicilian towns or even villages look impressive from a distance and even this one waits until you have snaked gradually up the hill before revealing its charms, although the ride itself is delightful. Once you reach the top, it is delightful. There is a ridge along the crest and, as you walk through a tunnel under it, the temperature changes radically - as it seemed from near tropical to near Arctic, but that could be a slight exaggeration.

The way that houses are built so very close to the hillside makes it appear that not an inch was to be wasted and the view from the church over the rooftops below is very well worthwhile.

Tip: if you go on the afternoon bus in hot weather, take a drink with you. The observance of the siesta by shops and numerous bars seems almost religious.
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