My little village? A precious jewel nestled between rocks and green hills that look like vigilant eyes, a protection for the town.
Cattolica Eraclea, once known as Minoa Eraclea.
Our rocky hills have a scent and tell of other cultures, of ancient peoples. Many archaeological finds kept as jewels in the Antiquarium, and a semicircular Greek amphitheatre that still reminds us of other peoples who arrived in the past.
My people are genuine, good and kind. Hospitality is sacred.
I have beautiful memories that I will keep forever in my heart, and I hope one day to be able to reciprocate as a sign of thanks to relatives and friends.
In my childhood memories there is the elementary school, behind the Madonna della Mercede church, and the middle school in the Bonanno palace in Piazza Umberto.
The classmates, who after many years I had the opportunity to meet again and embrace in summer 2019. A great emotion!
Pure emotion takes me to tears every time I return to my town, which I left for Canada in 1967 at the age of twelve.
I never fail to stop in front of the house where I lived the first years of my life.
For a moment I see myself as a child singing on summer evenings, on the steps where the green door was the stage curtain behind me. The neighbours, my spectators, to delight or torture themselves …
The mother church, another rare and precious jewel of the time, for the art it put on display. Another nice memory.
Every Sunday morning I went to the mass of the children (as it was called) and then, at the end of the mass, received the figurine from Monsignor Cuffaro. It was our pass to watch a movie in the afternoon.
One of the many traditions is that of Holy Week which ends on Easter Sunday with the meeting of Jesus and his mother, very moving. An event that attracts many people.
Impressive faith of my people.
The cuisine is of absolute goodness with traditional dishes to lick your fingers, offered by the many restaurants managed mostly by the owners themselves. Here the tourist feels at home.
Not to mention Sicilian pastry, a real treat!
Finally, I must speak of the wonderful beach of Minoa Eraclea.
Attractive sea and crystal clear water, I would also say beneficial. Fine sand for a long stretch where you have the opportunity to walk along in the sea or on the shore.
The promenade is surrounded by a dense pine forest where the strong smell of the pines mixes with the acrid one of the salt, creating a very pleasant scent that you will not forget and that remains in the nostrils even after some time.
Minoa Eraclea: Unforgettable!
Minoa Eraclea, a pearl in the Mediterranean that makes us envied by everyone.