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Italy : Sicilia

3.5 km (2.2 miles) ENE of Carpinteri, Siracusa, Sicilia, Italy
Approx. altitude: 486 m (1594 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 37°S 165°W

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#2: Map #3: GPS picture #4: The point #5: Tillman #6: Peter #7: View to the North #8: View to the South #9: Stone walls #10: Thistle

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  37°N 15°E (visit #1)  

#1: View to the East

(visited by Captain Peter and Tillman Fuss)

13-Aug-2001 -- On Aug, 13th at 0830CEST Tillman and myself left the home in Taormina by car. We went over the Highway route A18 to Catania, continued on State Road SS114 to Siracusa and turned right to the SS124, passed the small town of Canicattini and 400 metres after we turned left into the SS287 (in the direction of Noto). A few hundred meters later we turned again right into the Provincial Road SP12 - in the direction of Palazzolo Acreide. Tillman watched the GPS and 500 metres after this last turn we decided to stop, as values became pretty close in either latitude and longitude. The location: is 40 km WSW of Siracusa, Sicily, see map.

We realized that it will not be too difficult to make the point, as values on the road were already very close and the topography seemed easy.

The only scaring fact was a noise, coming obviously from animals, a screaming like seagulls do. But the place is too far inland for seagulls, and in all likelihood it was a family of wild cats.

We decided to take a longer way in order to avoid making them crazy and 10 minutes later we were exactly on the point according to our GPS.

Exactly at the point there is a natural stone.

The area around is almost completely uninhabited, everywhere are hills with stones. Agriculture is effected in spring and winter time, now in August the land is not fertile enough. On the scene one sees various stone walls for marking the territory of the various farmers, very typical for Sicily and Southern Europe.

Vegetation is dry and not abundant at this season. The prevailing flower is the thistle and small bushes.

It was a nice excursion through Southeast Sicily and a point easy to make.


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#1: View to the East
#2: Map
#3: GPS picture
#4: The point
#5: Tillman
#6: Peter
#7: View to the North
#8: View to the South
#9: Stone walls
#10: Thistle
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