By Tom Allin
We left Siracusa, Sicily about 10:15 for a quick drive to Messina, the ferry and on to
Tropea. The first hour of our drive was easy and uneventful. Then things went a
little wrong – seems we typed in the state of Messina, not the city of Messina to
This route took us to the west of Mt. Etna (snow covered peak in above photograph)
through gorgeous mountains and wild flowers, on a dirt road, the occasional small
town or village, farm houses and you get the idea. I wish we had stopped here for a
night to give us more time to explore this area of Sicily.