is situated just north of the province of Caltanissetta.
It is the birthplace of both my maternal grandparents. They immigrated when they
were teenagers in the late 19th century. They were introduced to each other in
New York City, married and never returned to Sicily.
In 1998 Maria and
Bartolo were long gone, when I first found my way to Resuttano. My
husband and I traveled the autostrado from Palermo and drove south to the interior of the island and the
Madonie Mountains. The beautiful landscape consisted of olive trees,
orchards of fruit and grape vines. We could see plants of cauliflower, artichokes
and the abundance of cactus. These were patches of color against the sun-baked, often rocky hills and dark brown
newly plowed fields. I remembered learning how fields of wheat made Sicily the bread-basket of the Roman Empire.
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This Chiesa Madre, shown on left,
is on a small piazza in Resuttano.
we were able to locate my mother's first cousin Antonino. It was a joy to meet
and visit with him and his family.
Since 1914, four
generations of Inzinna family have been photographers.
The above watercolor was painted on site from our lodgings at the La Rocca of il Castello, an
agriturismo working farm. The half pensione provided us with meals wonderfully prepared by
senora La Rocca. The wine, olives, artichokes, strattu,
(dried tomatoes) olive oil and almonds, served to us, were all products of the farm.
In addition to the spectacular view of the mountains, one is able to experience the farm's groves of olive trees, vineyards and swim in a beautiful swimming pool. The resident rooster will wake you to begin your day.
On our second visit to Resuttano we stayed
at the Il Feudo Tudia, an agriturismo which is a partially restored feudal
estate. This is a large enterprise.
The estate produces their own wine, has olive and
almond trees. The meals were wonderful.
I painted the above two images on
location at Feudo Tudia.
Landscapes of Sicily