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Sicily: Central Sicilian Landscapes Part 13 - The Area Around San Michele di Ganzaria
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May 28, 2024 07:14:06   #
joehel2 Loc: Cherry Hill, NJ
 
Beautifully done, Mark. Love seeing the Sicilian countryside.

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May 28, 2024 08:20:30   #
rdemarco52 Loc: Wantagh, NY
 
Great set, as usual with you.

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May 28, 2024 09:49:46   #
nimbushopper Loc: Tampa, FL
 
Great story and photos.

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May 28, 2024 10:31:03   #
AzPicLady Loc: Behind the camera!
 
The countryside is beautiful.

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May 28, 2024 10:41:42   #
lnl Loc: SWFL
 
It sure is a lovely area, Mark. I particularly like the last two old houses and the church with the leaves falling over the sign. The pastoral scenes are a nice backdrop.

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May 28, 2024 11:06:09   #
DJphoto Loc: SF Bay Area
 
srfmhg wrote:
On the outskirts of Piazza Armerina is the small city of San Michele di Ganzaria which is surrounded by more beautiful rolling hills, farmland and orchards. Here are some images from there. These were all taken through the tour bus windows with a Nikon D7500 and a Nikkor 18-300 f3.6-5.6 lens set at f9, 1/640 sec and auto ISO. Post processing done with Luminar Neo.

From the website: https://www.prolocosammichelese.it/storia/

San Michele di Ganzaria - History
The foundation of the town dates back to the year 1000 and was probably due to the Arabs. The farmhouse continued to be inhabited even after the expulsion of the Arabs and, during the Angevin domination, the church of St. Michael the Archangel was erected, also known as "Fanum Gallorum", the Temple of the French. The oldest known document concerning the fief of Ganzaria is a deed of 1276 that attests to the possession of the fief by Guglielmo De Padula. He was succeeded by Attardo De Padula and, to him, by his son-in-law Guglielmotto de La Timonia. Then the fief was then confiscated having participated in the rebellion of Caltagirone in 1394 against King Martino I and subsequently granted, presumably around 1395, to Ranieri Morana. Later it passed into the hands of the powerful Modica family of Caltagirone and then to Antonio Gravina, eldest son of Agata Modica and Vassallo Gravina Speciale, known as "the Belligerent", captain in the armies of Charles V. At the end of the sixteenth century the farmhouse had been destroyed by fire and the village was rebuilt by Antonio Gravina with the stipulation of the Chapters dated 25 September 1534. The Chapters were confirmed in 1554 by the Viceroy Ferdinando De Vega; with them, Baron Antonio Gravina assigned, to a small group of Albanian refugees, "tuctu lu feudu di Sanctu Micheli e tucta la Sausetta Soprana". At the basis of the agreement there was, for the Albanians, the commitment to bring thirty families to the place; Baron Gravina would have had temporary huts prepared and would have built, within three years, permanent houses for the Albanians, who would cultivate the fief in exchange for houses. Antonio Gravina died in 1558 and was buried in the chapel annexed to the baronial castle, later known as the church of the Carmine, which was destroyed after the Second World War. The barony was later elevated to a duchy in 1625 by concession of King Philip IV of Spain, appointing Giovanni Gravina as the first Duke of San Michele. After the abolition of feudalism, San Michele di Ganzaria became a municipality in 1812. In 1832 it was visited by the royals of Naples, Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies and Maria Theresa of Austria, who left a gift of 100 gold coins to have the floor of the mother church redone. In 1503 the Gravina Princes built an imposing castle straddling the hill of Carmel, which has undergone several alterations over the years and whose ruins are still visible today (part of the perimeter walls, a balcony on the upper floor and one of the battlements). It seems that in ancient times it had two floors and was equipped with a basement about two kilometers long that connected it to the mountain.

For more images from the ride from this area, please see my previous posts:
https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-806194-1.html#14597357
https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-806355-1.html#14600321
https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-806541-1.html#14604312
https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-806616-1.html#14606335
https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-806798-1.html#14609933
https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-806970-1.html
https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-807422-1.html
https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-807901-1.html
https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-808068-1.html
https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-808210-1.html#14638995

I hope you enjoy these!
Mark
On the outskirts of Piazza Armerina is the small c... (show quote)


Another great set from the master of through the window of the tour bus photos; well done Mark.

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May 28, 2024 11:55:44   #
Earnest Botello Loc: Hockley, Texas
 
Very good series, Mark.

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May 28, 2024 13:20:14   #
srfmhg Loc: Marin County, CA
 
kpmac wrote:
A wonderful set, Mark. Very nice.


Thank you so much Ken.

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May 28, 2024 13:20:47   #
srfmhg Loc: Marin County, CA
 
tcthome wrote:
As always , great write up & photos.


Thanks very much Tom.

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May 28, 2024 13:21:13   #
srfmhg Loc: Marin County, CA
 
mvetrano2 wrote:
nice


Thanks Mike.

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May 28, 2024 13:21:51   #
srfmhg Loc: Marin County, CA
 
joehel2 wrote:
Beautifully done, Mark. Love seeing the Sicilian countryside.


Thanks very much Joe. It really is beautiful.

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May 28, 2024 13:22:20   #
srfmhg Loc: Marin County, CA
 
rdemarco52 wrote:
Great set, as usual with you.


Thank you very much rdemarco.

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May 28, 2024 13:23:01   #
srfmhg Loc: Marin County, CA
 
nimbushopper wrote:
Great story and photos.


Thanks very much Gary. Glad you enjoyed both.

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May 28, 2024 13:23:37   #
srfmhg Loc: Marin County, CA
 
AzPicLady wrote:
The countryside is beautiful.


That it is Kathy. Thanks very much.

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May 28, 2024 13:32:54   #
srfmhg Loc: Marin County, CA
 
lnl wrote:
It sure is a lovely area, Mark. I particularly like the last two old houses and the church with the leaves falling over the sign. The pastoral scenes are a nice backdrop.


Thanks so much Ellen. The scenery creeps up around every bend and it's a photographer's paradise. The old house required a lot of power line erasing.

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