Trip to Italy by the Voltaggio Family - May-June, 1998
The Voltaggio family visited the country of its
this summer. The main objective was to visit the ancestral home
Calatafimi in western Sicily. We arrived in Palermo and
Castellamare del Golfo as our base. Here is a of us having dinner
in the hotel on the night we arrived. Laura is taking the picture.
This map should give you an
orientation of where we were. Palermo
is in the upper right hand side of the map.
Calatafimi is in the bottom left of the map with an arrow pointing
The day after we arrived, we were met by my cousins and
taken to the town. We had dinner .....
and then went to see the castle on top of the hill
dated from before the 5th century. This was called Castle
or Castle Euphemius, then the Arabs called it Kalat al Fimi. Then
the Italians named it Calatafimi.
After we went to the Castel, we went down the hill where we saw a
view of the town.
Then we went to the Chiesa Matrice (Mother Church) where my father's
ancestors were all baptized, married and were buried for the past 400
It was at this church that the priest researched his records and found
all our genealogical information. The same priest (Fra Scavurzo)
met us when we visited the church and remembered corresponding with my
father almost 20 years ago.
After a delightful visit to our ancestral home, we drove east to
Etna, which was erupting as we visited it.
At the time we visited, it was blowing off steam. The
is a picture we took from 3000 meters (just two hundred meters below
On our way back from the summit, we
found a house buried in a previous
lava flow. The kids just had to explore it. They took some
tiles out as a souvenir of the escapade.
We also went to Erice, where we spent a beautiful day in this
town. We found a Via Vultaggio and here is Lisa posing under then