Whenever we are traveling and have the opportunity we always take the roads less traveled. Sicily will not disappoint you. We traveled hundreds of miles on gravel roads that you can barely get two cars to pass safely. this works until it doesn’t. We found ourselves in town and the road kept narrowing until we were unable to pass between two buildings. Women were yelling out of their windows using Italian hand gestures warning us that we should not continue. I am not sure what they were yelling but I think I recognized a few words my father may have said a couple of times. Finally realizing that we were trapped I asked a tour guide that was behind us driving a golf cart for suggestions on how to get out of this mess. He said to drive as far as we could, get out and he would drive the car through. He warned that he would be on the curb on both sides and that we should guide him. Having a sick feeling we decided that this was our only choice, he got in. Jockeying the car back and forth several times and retracting the sideview mirrors he now had a crowd. My Italian is not that great but I think people were placing bets on wether or not he could do it. After a few attempts and with less than 1/2 inch to spare on each side he got through. The crowd started to cheer for our hero. For a while I was thinking that I was glad I took the extra coverage on the rental.
The landscape of Sicily is very diverse with large rocky mountains, the sea, palm trees and a rich agriculture of citrus, olives, cactus, figs and pistachios. It was strange but I felt a connection with Sortino as we walked the city. After a couple of hours we were off to our last two nights of lodging in the village of Canicattini Bagni, not too far from Sortino.