The Baroque Cathedral of Saint Leoluca reminds on the patron saint of the town, St. Leoluca. It is located on a hill, about one and a half kilometer away from the castle. When we were here they had a wedding inside and we couldn't go in.
"Views from the tip of the toe!(Under Construction)"
“As soon as the morning mists were dispelled by the rising sun, I had a view of Sicily, where Atena [sic] towered above all other mountains, with a slender line of smoke flying from its top in a horizontal direction, as far as the eye could reach.”
-Henry Swinburne “Travels in Two Sicilies,” 1777.
Reggio Calabria is my home away from all my homes. Luckily, after spending months here over the past 12 years, I still do not take this magnificent view for granted.
Most of the photos below are taken from my balcony overlooking the Straits of Messina, with their namesake on the other side. I can spend endless hours glancing onto the straits, whether I’m eating in the kitchen, reading in the livingroom or sunbathing on our terrace. The ferries cross back and forth non-stop, 24-7, 365 days a year. The big controversy now is whether to build a bridge or not, linking Sicily to mainland Italy.
I remember during the World Cup in 1990 – each time Italy scored a goal all the ferries would blow their horns! You can’t imagine what passes through the Straits of Messina – whales, huge tunafish that glisten like silver as they jump into the air, sword fishing boats with their fishermen perched high up on the lookout for the catch of the day, warships, cruiseships, sailboats, huge oil tankers, submarines... The list is endless. The Straits are magical.
And, yes, I will scan some pictures of Mt. Etna, Europe’s largest still-active volcano, viewed from my balcony.
"Mt. Etna: The Smoking Volcano"