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In Forza d'agro: photos, description (Forza d'agro)

Forza d'agrò is a small mountain village situated at an altitude of 420 metres above sea level near Taormina and Letojanni. Once in the village, you can easily plunge into the daily life of Sicily, as it was a couple of hundred years ago. The car will have to Park at the entrance to the village, because the streets are very narrow. It feels like standing right next house is woven into the mountain, on top of which stands the ancient fortress - a few dilapidated, but still produces a lasting impression. It leads to a steep staircase, slightly dilapidated and overgrown with grass. The iron gates of the castle are not open every day - hours work should inquire in advance. From the platform of the castle offers a wonderful view in good weather you can even see the outline of Calabria. Until the mid-20th century, the fortress was used as a cemetery, and meet old and partially destroyed the stone tomb, over which reigns the silence. The only sound you can hear is the buzzing of bees, and black and white images on the tombstones, it seems, a friendly nod. They say that there are even skeptics begin to believe in ghosts.

On a small area of Forza d'agro full of old people who enjoy a chat over a glass of wine - the whole town belongs to the elderly, as young people in search of work went to other places. Despite the fact that the village has very modest dimensions, it has three churches (all Catholic), and the main street is called via Roma. 26 December and 6 January the Forza d'agro, as in all the cities of Italy, played a theatrical performance about the birth of Christ, which involved the entire population of the village. After Vespers we all gather in front of the Church door waiting for Joseph, leading the donkey with his pregnant wife Mary. Only candles and torches light their way. Then the crowd follows them to the barn, and the whole story suddenly becomes very realistic. Forza d'agrò is a place where the distant past meets the present.