A Visit to Isola delle Femmine (PA)
Yesterday was a beautiful spring day so I decided to take my friend, who is also my guest at Dreaming Garden, for a mini tour to the town of Isola delle Femmine. The town, a characteristic fishing village, bears its name from the small island located just off the coast.
The first stop was the seafront that took us to the closest point between the mainland and the island. The breathtaking panorama enchanted Frances, my friend. Even though the view is not new to me, I am always fascinated by its imposing natural beauty and the mystery that surrounds its origins. The different legends told about the “Island of the Women” (see previous S.G. article “Isola delle Femmine, between myth and reality”) give that touch of romance in sight of the ruins of the ancient tower that still stands.
Continuing along the seaside we reached the port where fishing boats of different sizes were anchored to the dock. The bright colors of the boats, the blue of the water and the mountain background made a unique scenario.
Other boats had been hauled on the port’s platform for the annual spring repair and painting.
On our way we noticed a real-like statue of a fisherman pulling heavy nets from the sea.
The square is named Piazza Pittsburg after the twinning of the town of Isola delle Femmine with Pittsburg, California. A kind and young man explained to us that in the early 1900’s many fishermen from the town emigrated to the United States to find a better living. They settled in California near the Sacramento River and set up a village, Black Diamond, today called Pittsburg. In 1994 the two towns decided to enforce their historic bond through twinning and inaugurated two identical statues: the one in front of us and the other in Pittsburg, Ca.
Across the street from the “piazzetta” an inviting pastry shop the “Bar Valentina” tempted us for a snack. While ordering a “cremino” made with expresso coffee, Rosalia the charming owner of the place, suggested us to taste their delicious pastries. The crisp pastry with ricotta filling and the luscious coffee delight were the perfect touch to our pleasant afternoon.