I've always wanted to go climbing in Sicily so when my
friend Mario invited me to tag along on a trip I said
yes even though April is definitely not the ideal month
to climb there. Climbing in the sun was out of the
question so we were limited on crags and we got up early
to beat the heat. Climbers looking to climb harder
grades would want to come in the winter.
The climbing was really nice but everything I heard
about rock quality, air between bolts and old material
is true. I humbly suggest that they organize a rebolting
festival at San Vito. Seriously there are so many routes
so close to the sea I think it would take a festival of
equippers to get a lot done.
should all do our part . . .
quick links (maillon) in your luggage to leave at the
chains, extra cordalette to add to anchors as there is
often old rope not a chain and a stick clip. First bolts
are often high. What you don't use you can donate at the
climbing bar in San Vito.
Now with that aside let me say I would still go back and
climb there. Nuova Ossessione was an awesome wall and I
didnít get to see a lot of walls like Crown of Aragon
that were too sunny.
part of the trip for me (apart from getting in shape on
some nice routes with friends) were the people. Super
friendly and smiles are free (unlike in some other
Italian towns we all know and love). April tourists are
always welcomed warmly and being American there was
always an easy point to start a conversation because
almost everyone in San Vito has a relative living in the
havenít mentioned the coffee yet. Macchiato freddo just
the way I like it. Almond cookies everywhere mmmmm.
course the seafood. Do not leave San Vito without trying
this pasta dish: Busiata con Ricci.
at a restaurant called, A Lapara in San Vito almost
Recommended menu: Antipasti - bianchetti fritti,
caponata, cozze, panissa, polpette di pesce. Primo -
Busiata con i Ricci (homemade pasta shrimp, clams and
sea urchin sauce) Secondo - spiedini del mare (seafood