Impressions of Ficuzza

We don't usually associate forests with the Mediterranean. Northern and Eastern Europe is normally where we expect to see great old forests. But the Mediterranean has its share, though perhaps more in the past. Dense forests once circled the Mediterranean – including Sicily. This natural abundance perhaps was one of the reasons why Sicily was colonized by the ancient Greeks. They used the forests in Sicily for firewood, shipbuilding, and many other things. But in the 19th century, the reforestation of Sicily was begun – with the result that people enjoying their holidays in Sicily today can enjoy their natural splendor. As the Trip Tipp photos below show, the Bosco della Ficuzza is a wonderful example of the reforestation's success.

In Winter 2011, the Trip Tipp photographer ran into this sheep in the Bosco della Ficuzza - more...
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The giant rock - Rocca Busambra – dominates the skyline of the Bosco della Ficuzza. This Trip Tipp photograph was taken Autumn 2012 - more...
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The Bosco della Ficuzza is also home to a monastery – as well as this ass - more...
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This "hunting lodge" was the palatial home away from home of the viceroy of Sicily. The background is dominated by the Rocca Busambra - more...
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Here the wind chases the clouds over the Bosco della Ficuzza. In the background is the Rocca Busambra - more...
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This famous waterfall at the edge of Bosco della Ficuzza is named 'Gola del Drago', the Neck of the Dragon - more...
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