Sinagra- the mystery of the unexpected detour is finally solved
In an earlier post I wrote about a detour that we took on our way to Taormina. The post had several video clips of our trip up the Nebrodi mountins, traversing cow paths and winding our way between windmills. The route we were supposed to take was to stay on route SS 116 South from Capo D'Orlando to the town of Randazzo and from there east around the north face of Mount Etna to Taormina. But not long after starting down SS 116, Siri, our Iphone navigator announced a detour. And thus began the lost leg of our adventure.
During that leg of the trip the GPS tracking app on the phone malfunctioned and when I tried to recreate the journey, our exact route was lost. When we got back home, Chris and I spent a lot of time trying to find the route we took and after many hours looking over maps of Sicily, we finally succeded. We learned that, SS 116 goes throu the towns of Castel Umberto, Ucria, and Favicuro on it's way to Randazzo. The detour took us off of SS116 shortly after Castel Umberto. The look of the turnoff didn't inspire a lot of confidence but in the end it turned out to be a positive experiencee. This was the turn Siri suggested. Click the photo to make it larger
SS116 follows the western ridge of a long vally as it winds its way south. Siri took us from the ridge and down onto the vally floor. With SS116 to the west of us and the Nebrodi mountain chain to the east we traversed the length of the vally floor until we reached the town of Raccuja where we began to climb out of the valley and up the Nebrodis to Faviscuro where we rejoined SS116.
The detour took us off of SS 116 and onto SP145 through the residential area of Zingale and eventually into the village of Sinagra. This is what we say as we entered the small village. Again, click the photo to make it larger.
After doing some research, I discovered that Sinagra was yet another hard hit Sicilian town that had a mass exodus to the U.S.and South America in the early 1900's. Many U.S. families trace their roots back to this particular Sicilian settlement. In retrospect it would have been nice to have spent a little time exploring Sinagra. It turns out tobe a lovely place and no doubt has some mighty good eateries. But we were on a schedule and had plans to be in Taormina in a few hours. Isn't it always the way it ges that we would have liked to do things differently after the fact?
But we didn't and 145 continued South until it reached the town of Raccuja where it suddenly and mysteriously turned into SP137. How it managed that tridck is still amystery as the jumble of intersecting roads resembled a twisted ball of string and a jumble of twisted coat hangers. None the less 137 took us up the side of the Nebrodi Mountains, through a stretch of cow paths, winding it's way around huge windmills until it rejoined "SS116 at Faviscuro. From there it was a relatively short hop to Randazzo. Truth be told, the route was shorter by a few Km and likely more interesting. I won't know unless I get back to Sicily. Who knows? Ucria might have been just as much fun.
And so our unexpected detour had the advantage of showing us a part of the real Sicily we came to see in the first place. The Gods were good to us and we certainly do appreciate it.