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By Tim Parks

Is Italy a united state, or a free association of warring states? Is Italian soccer a activity, or an ill-disguised protraction of historic enmities?

Tim Parks is going at the highway to stick with the fortunes of Hellas Verona soccer membership, to pay a unique type of stopover at to a few of the world's most pretty towns. it is a hugely own account of 1 man's courting with a rustic, its humans and its nationwide activity. A e-book that mixes the pleasures of commute writing with a profound research of 1 country's mad, mad method of preserving itself entertained.

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1 day. For detailed information, see Chapter 6, p 143. From Taormina to Milazzo, pick up the A18/E45 autostrada and then the A20 exit Milazzo/Isole Eolie. Distance: 85km (53 miles). $ Milazzo/Aeolian Islands. # Taormina. Sicily’s best-known Don’t linger long in the port of Milazzo—it’s simply a convenient departure point for the idyllic, volcanic Aeolian Islands (Isole Eolie). If you’re short of time, take a daytrip to Vulcano, the closest of the seven isles, to watch the smoking main crater and wallow in therapeutic mud baths.

8 Mazara del Vallo. This fishing port is the most important of Sicily’s Moorish towns, because it was the first to be taken by the Arabs. The Casbah (Tunisian quarter) is exotic and exciting, while the central area around Piazza della Repubblica is ringed by Baroque buildings. There is a shady lungomare (seaside promenade) fringed by gardens and panoramic restaurants. But the top sight is the 4th-century BC Satiro Danzante (the Dancing Satyr)—a bacchanalian beauty of a statue (see Chapter 5, p 79).

Usticalines. it). They leave from Via Ammiraglio Staiti (east of the Stazione Marritima) and take 20 minutes to Favignana and Levanzo, approximately 1 hour to Marettimo. 80 (Marettimo) plus booking fee. The ticket office is at Via Staiti, 23 (the main road opposite the port entrance). 8 ★★ Egadi Islands. These are the most accessible of Sicily’s offshore islands and, in spite of their long history, the three beauties have remained largely unchanged over the years. There are still isolated coves and bays, deserted mountain paths to hike, and a slow pace of life.

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