Pass my death over / In silence. / Friends and enemies, I beg you / Not to write about it in newspaper, / Not to mention it at all. / No announcement, no publication. / Do not dress me when I’m dead. / Wrap me, naked, in a sheet. No flowers / On the bed, no candle burning. / A second-rate hearse, the one for the poor. Bare. / No-one to follow, no relatives / Nor friends. / Just the hearse, horse, and coachman, / No-one else. / Let my body be burn. And, once / Burnt, let it be dispersed, for / I wish nothing, not even my ashes, / To remain of me. But if that cannot / Be done, then let my cinerary urn be / Taken to Sicily and be embedded in some / Rough stone in the country of Girgenti / Where I was born.
Luigi Pirandello Luigi Pirandello was born in Agrigento in 1867 from a wealthy bourgeois family. His interest in philology led him to attend university in Palermo, Rome and Bonn, where he took his degree in 1891 with a thesis on Greek-Sicilian dialects and worked one year as a lecturer in Italian. Back to Italy, he joined the Roman literary milieu, collaborating with the Nuova Antologia with poems and critical essays. Following a financial setback which affected him and his wife Antonietta Portulano, who gave him three children, Pirandello began teaching stylistics and literature at the Magistero in Rome (1897-1922). After War World I he wrote most of the plays which were to make him famous throughout the world. From 1926 to 1934 he established a theatrical company in which Marta Abba excelled, an actress to whom he dedicated some of his plays: “Vestire gli ignudi” and “L’amica delle mogli”. He became a member of the Accademia d’Italia in 1929 and won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1934. He died in Rome in 1936, while working on his drama “I giganti della montagna”. As testified by his working, including novels, plays and essays, Pirandello can be regarded as one of the foremost Italian and European authors of the early 20C.
The Valley of the Temples
The Valley of the Temples is one of the most important archeological sites in the world and in 1997 it was named a UNESCO World heritage site. The temples are located in Agrigento, which is in the region of Sicily. The city was initially founded as a Greek colony in the 6th century BC and it quickly became a major cultural center. The doric style temples in the valley were all constructed within a century. Each of the temples face east, which was a standard criteria for both Greek and Roman temples. This was done so that the statue of the god housed in each temple would be illuminated by the rising sun.
Tomb of Theron
After lunch we returned by S115 to the rouhdabout with S118 and continued East about 300m.. We stopped and got out to look at the monument (which can be seen if you know where to look down from the Temole of Herakles.). It is a misnomer since Theron died in 472 BC and this is clearly1st C BC (i.e. it is Roman!). The site is outside the old city gate(no longer here) and a Roman cemetery was known to have been here.Who was so revered?
"The island nobody heard of."
Linosa island was part of my Sicily trip when we went to Lampedusa.
Linosa is even smaller than Lampedusa. It is located between Agrigento and Lampedusa in the Mediterranian sea. Not counting the visitors, the divers and tourists and all those locals who don't work and live there, the total population of this island is about 400 people. There is no hospital, no airport and no fishing port. There is one school where all kids go, regardless of age and grade. The first language is Italian / Sicilian. There is a church, a couple of bars and a diving club. The place is unspoled by tourists and the locals are very friendly. Kepp in mind that Linosa is an AG island, meaning it belongs to Agrigento.
Since there is no airport, the best way is to get there is on a boat. (Ferry) This is the rear deck of the Paolo veronese. I was actualy waiting for Dolphins.
Porto means port in Italian. The ferry comes once a day depending on the weather. Sometimes when the sea is rough, it doesn't come for a week.
This is not a beach and the locals do not recommend to go in the water at this section of the island.
This is the remains of an ancient fortress.
"See through wall"
Kind of interesting, just look out of the window (hole) and you see the sea.
"Sick sea turtle"
This is sort of an animal hospital for the protected sea turtles. There are many turtles around Linosa and they leave the eggs in the sand during the mating season. Many of them get sick by swallowing a plastic bag of fishing hock, prhaps getting injured by a boat's blades. This place is ran by the W.W.F. Worls Wild life Federation. They even perform surgeries.
I was kind of overweight on this picture but lost over 20-Lb since than. :D
If you take a better look at the image, you'll see that I am actualy standing on a very high place and there is a huge drop behind me. Several hundred feet deep.