Capo d’ Orlando

old church

Capo d’ Orlando Church

If you are looking for somewhere to relax, get away from technology and de-stress then look no further than Capo d’ Orlando in Italy. Situated 1.5 hours drive from Palermo in Sicily this small village is the answer to rest and relaxation.

After many weeks on the road it was time for my daughter and me to relax and visit my father in Capo D’ Orlando.

Lifestyle

The life style of Capo d’Orlando is far removed from our lives in Perth without stress and just total relaxation. Our daily routine involved a morning visit to the beach for a few hours or sipping fine coffee at the piazza, followed by lunch and an afternoon siesta and a return to the beach in the afternoon. Most business close briefly in the afternoon to escape the hottest part of the day and then open until late in the evening. In the evenings we would head back to our beachside villa for drinks before heading out to dinner and shopping.

Mountain Church

High on a hill above Capo d’Orlando sits an old church, which has been there since before I was born and it affords magical 360 degree views of the town and surrounding area. To reach the church you have to climb over 200 steps, on a clear morning my cousin and I decided to make the arduous climb up the steps. We were rewarded with spectacular views of the mountains behind us and the coastline to the north, it took my breath away.

Aeolian Islands

Another highlight of our adventure was a boat trip to the Aeolian Islands which is a volcanic archipelago with two active volcanoes named Stromboli and Vulcano. If you don’t mind the smell of rotten eggs you can have a hot mud bath at Volcano followed by a hot spring bath in the ocean. Make sure you wear a bathing suit that you can throw away as you will not be able to get rid of the smell! The largest of the islands, Lipari, has human history dating back to 4000BC.

We lucky to also get to experience the Blessing of the Fleet, where the local priest would bless the local fishing boats to ensure a safe and bountiful season. Local townsfolk would dress up a statue of the Madonna and carry her from the church to one of the waiting fishing boats. All the fishing boats would then form a flotilla and cruise past the priest who would perform the blessing.

Just brilliant!