I am a frequent traveler. But never have I experienced a hospitality so genuine and so heartfelt.
At first, after touring the touristy and upbeat Taormina, I arrived in Realmonte with a bit of a shock and disappointment because it looks so commonplace a town in every sense of the word--the initial reaction prompting me to tell the hostess I would only stay two instead of three nights.
Arriving in the panic of "What am I doing here in this town?!", I kept firing strings of endless practical questions from where to board the bus to the Valleys of Temples and where the Scala dei Turchi is and if I could cook, so on and so forth, Angela who doesn't speak English--but who made you feel she will help solve any of your problems as best as she can--and her son and daughter who speak English REMARKABLY managed to calm me down.
She then invited me for dinner with her family at her place--most likely because she must have felt that I felt quite discomforted. At dinner, Angela and her teenage children made me feel so much at home. I can't explain the genuineness of their hospitality in words.
Before dinner, her son even drove me and showed me where the Scale dei Turchi was--which to be honest is quite far if you don't have a car: around 30-40 min walk I think. But the distance didn't overcome my curiosity of this magnificent natural structure. I went there on foot and was so amazed by the Scale dei Turchi I stayed sunbathed for 6-6 hours. One of my most wonderful experiences! Don't be fool to think Scale dei Turchi doesn't have a sandy beach. It does but you have to walk far enough to the other side from the side you enter the structure--but it is not an easy walk if you are not in good shape. I was the one of the four people out of a few dozens who "crossed" to the other side and explored the sandy beach.
Mentioned to Angela on checking in I wanted to cook, she put me up in this room on the top floor which is different from the other rooms which are much fancier in furnishing and decoration. The room I had gives a feeling of an unpretentious apartment of a simple person. It gives a panoramic view of the whole of this little town (see picture attached). I had a great great time buying fresh catches at the town's market square just three-to-five minute walk from the BB. Afterwards, if you want an ice-cream and a free wi-fi unlimited session, you can go to a cafe a few doors away. Again, it is a really local unpretentious cafe, but the guy who runs it is very very friendly. Realmonte is a small local town which surprises you and make you so happy to the core. That is what I experienced.
On my last day, on the way back to the bus stop, with their genuine hospitality of both Angela and the town's people, I saw Realmonte in a different way. I appreciate its scruffy looks, its truly local flavour, the unpretentious and non-touristy life is breathing. For four days and three nights, Realmonte has changed my breathing pace. I became a happier man. Thanks to Angela and her family.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our bed and breakfast is found in the historical center of Realmonte. Realmonte is a small and calm country on the sea in province in Agrigento with around 5000 inhabitants. It is found to 15 Kms from Agrigento and from the Valley of the Temples that they are attainable easily is in car (15 minutes) or in bus (20 minutes). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- B&B Scala Dei Turchi Realmonte, Sicily