Friday, 27 April 2012

SICILIAN SUNSET

Trapani is a city and comune on the west coast of Sicily in Italy. It is the capital of the Province of Trapani. Trapani was founded by the Elymians to serve as the port of the nearby city of Erice (ancient Eryx), which overlooks it from Monte San Giuliano. The city sits on a low-lying promontory jutting out into the Mediterranean Sea. It was originally named Drépanon from the Greek word for "sickle", because of the curving shape of its harbour. Carthage seized control of the city in 260 BC, subsequently making it an important naval base, but ceded it to Rome in 241 BC following the Battle of the Aegates in the First Punic War.

The city is still an important fishing port and the main gateway to the nearby Egadi Islands. The city was badly damaged during World War II when it was subjected to intense Allied bombardments. It has grown greatly since the end of the war, sprawling out virtually to the foot of Monte San Giuliano. Tourism has grown in recent years due to the city's proximity to popular destinations such as Erice, Segesta and the Egadi Islands.

This post is part of Sylvia's Skywatch Friday meme.




18 comments:

  1. The color of the scenes are just like ours, of course! But i love the designs of their boats. And that structure at the second photo looks like the Castel St Angelo at the Vatican, don't you think so?

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  2. Yes, the boats are lovely, Andrea. And almost every city in Italy has a "castello"!

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  3. Lovely orange sunsets. Nicely composed pictures.

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  4. Stunning sunset. Awesome colors!

    http://www.womenandperspectives.com/2012/04/sky-watch-sunrise.html

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  5. Breathtaking sunset, glorious colors and superb captures as always, Nick! And, of course, I love the boats and the colors reflected on the water! Terrific! Enjoy a wonderful weekend!

    Sylvia

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  6. I love the colours in this capture ..... Delightful.

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  7. Beautiful sky and boat shots. I have a nephew in Sicily, so thanks for this post!

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  8. Wow - these are spectacular!

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  9. What an incredible talent you have for lighting!

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  10. What breathtaking sunsets. Thank-you for sharing them.

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  11. Silhouettes look amazing!

    Wonderful orange hue too.. Something to love about sunsets..:D

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  12. You captured some amazing colors! Beautiful! :)

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