Monument In Calatafimi

After our visit to the Stato Civile in Calatafimi, touring the museum for Garibaldi & walking around the town, cousin Bernardo had another place for me to see.

We drove out into the mountainous countryside around Calatafimi. As we were driving up a mountain, a camper was coming down the mountain road. Bernardo waved his arm out the window & the camper stopped.  My cousin was always doing this. So, now he & the other driver, who was from Germany, where Bernardo lives, carried on a conversation from the vehicles, for about a half hour. 

While this was going on, I watched the cattle graze, took photos of the flowers & enjoyed the views.

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The only reason Bernardo stopped talking was because another car was trying to get down the mountain!!!!!!!! 

We continued our drive up the mountain to our destination – Ossario Pianto di Romano.   It is a breathtaking monument on the hill where the Battle of Calatafimi took place against the Bourbon soldiers and a tribute to all of young partisans, who were known as Garibaldi’s Freedom Fighters.  [I recently read the book “My Life” by Giuseppe Garibaldi where he tells the story of the origins of the freedom fighters & their journey. A great book!]

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I was surprised that Bernardo took me there, as he had been complaining for days that I spent too much time at the cemetery & inquiring into records for our ancestors!!

From this vantage point I was also able to take a panoramic photo of the whole town of Calatafimi!! 

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While in Calatafimi

During my visit to the Stato Civile in Calatafimi [see my previous blog “Dove sei Giuseppe Maria Vivona??] , I had the impression that word went out that an American was here inquire about her family. The reason I say that is because as Bernardo & I were waiting in line to speak with Signora Serafina, a facebook friend, Salvo, came running down the stairs.

Signore Salvo & Signora Serafina
Signore Salvo & Signora Serafina

I had texted him prior to my trip but didn’t state when I would be in Calatafimi. It was a pleasure to meet him. Salvo Mucaria, in addition to his friend Rosario Vivona, have posted many photos & histories of the town & its people. A truly wonderful project.

[Calatafimi terra ricca di tradizioni, storia e orgoglio sociale  on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/groups/calatafimi/  ]  

After leaving the Stato Civile, Bernardo & I walked around the mountain town. I really enjoyed the atmosphere there & the smell of fresh mountain air. It was something I missed after leaving Colorado many years ago.

We found the House of Giuseppe Garibaldi & went in for a tour.

Casa Garibaldi Plaque
Casa Garibaldi Plaque
Another wall plaque outside Garibaldi's house
Another wall plaque outside Garibaldi’s house
Entry Foyer in Garibaldi's house
Entry Foyer in Garibaldi’s house

We also walked the streets which I enjoy doing as you get to see the sights & hear the sounds of everyday life. 

Chiesa del Santissimo Crocifisso in Calatafimi
Chiesa del Santissimo Crocifisso in Calatafimi
A Calatafimi Veggie Vendor
A Calatafimi Veggie Vendor
Chiesa Della Vergine del Soccorso o Chiesella
Chiesa Della Vergine del Soccorso o Chiesella
Stairs in Calatafimi
Stairs in Calatafimi
A Street View in Calatafimi
A Street View in Calatafimi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bernardo again said “Andiamo”, I have another place to show you. That adventure I’ll cover next time.