Sicily’s seductive beaches and strange symbol
More than 2,000 years ago, Greek sailors sailing the Mediterranean around Sicily gazed upon its golden shores and likened them to the alluring legs of a woman. They called the island Trinakria, or three pointed, identifying it with the Thrinacia mentioned in Homer’s Odyssey.
I love to wander Sicily’s beaches in the off season when it’s easy to imagine ancient scenes on deserted shores.
The trinacria is still the symbol of Sicily, appearing on everything including the region’s flag, though in that case the snakes coming from gorgon Medusa’s head have been updated to less-threatening wheat sheaves.
I don’t mind the snakes. To me, they perfectly represent all the old mountain roads that wind all over this beautiful island.
For more travel inspiration and information, see the Region of Sicily‘s tourism website.