It is a cool afternoon in early August. Sitting in front of my pc, I’m looking for an idea to organize a new tour itinerary to fill a day in Burgio for the next day, by a group of Trapani.
As I look at the urban map with its narrow, winding alleys and narrow alleys, I realize that this small town of less than 3,000 inhabitants offers much more than it would appear.
For several years I lived not far from Burgio, precisely in Agrigento, and I remember that in the early days when they asked me where I came from, I answered in a timid and insecure voice, anxious for the reaction of my interlocutors who in a startled and presumptuous tone:
“And where is it? It will certainly be somewhere in the wild hinterland, far from civilization! “.
It took me a few years before the umpteenth question “where do you come from?” I answered with a proud patriotic spirit:
“From Burgio, a small town in the Agrigento hinterland not far from Sciacca and famous, among other things, for its centuries-old artistic craftsmanship represented by ceramic workshops, a bell foundry and stone carving”.
A village of mysterious medieval origins that is nestled between two hills of clay and limestone. Just like a precious stone it sits perfectly inside its setting.
A village that amazes the visitor who never knows what to view first among the ceramic workshops, the sixteenth-century bell foundry, the sculpture workshops, the countless churches decorated in different styles, the three museums (of ceramics, mummies and the venerable Andrea da Burgio), the medieval castle.
To say the least. If the visit coincides with particular moments of the year in correspondence with some events, religious and not, to which the Burgitans are very attached: Holy Week, the pilgrimage of the Crucifix of Rifesi, the events of the summer, the feast of St. Joseph or the “Presepinfesta”.
So many things to visit and experience correspond to so much excellent to taste: from olive oil and oranges to truffles and strawberries.
And there are many traditional dishes that annually mark the numerous Burgitan celebrations such as grabruscia, taralli (bagels), cuddrureddra cu i ficu (short pastry biscuits for Easter), cucciddrate, ricotta froscia (frittata), pasta a’milanisa. Just to name a few.
Last but not least, our forest, in the area of the Sicani Mountains, a treasure chest of diverse and original flora and fauna. Its creeks offer the perfect accommodation for the endless flow of the waters of the Sosio river, so called the initial stretch of the Verdura, a favourite destination for regular summer water-trekking.
All this is concentrated in the space of just over 40 square kms and yet ‘rivers and rivers of ink’ would not be enough (to use a now obsolete expression) to describe the historical, architectural, artistic, craft, food and wine and traditional beauties that give such geat merit this small town in the Agrigento hinterland that is the pearl of the Sicani Mountains.
A village more to experience than to talk about!