In 1975 Peppino married his wife Rosa and together they refurbished the bar as it stands today, particularly concentrating on enhancing the interior. They recognised that their era was particularly happy and prolific. Having had three sons within five years, there was one particular symbol that could represent it all: the penis, vulgarly referred to in Sicilian as: La Minchia. The idea of the penis has definitely had a big impact on the population, especially on the priest. However, in the following years the symbol was accepted by everyone and became a important part of the bar. In fact, it is present in different shapes, lengths and materials, in wood, ceramics, terracotta, worked iron, pasta and marzipan. The Minchia sets the tempo of the bar and the moods of all those within it. The penis is not a vulgar symbol and finds his roots in Greek culture, where the god Priapous represented fertility, freedom, fortune, life and beauty. (http://www.barturrisi.com/evolution)So, now that you know a bit of background on Bar Turrisis I will share some of the pictures I took that day. Before going into Bar Turrisi my friends and I walked around a bit and enjoyed the fantasic view of Mt. Etna and the Ionian Sea
Snow Capped Mt. Etna to the right and the Ionian Sea to the left
Side windows of the Duomo
Castelmola is also famous for its amazing almond wine
My reflection in a Christmas Ornament
The Famous Bar Turrisi
Just inside the front door of Bar Turrisi
The handle on the front door of the bar
The Duomo and Mt. Etna from the roof terrace of Bar Turrisi
Me, Kristina, and Katie on the Bar Turrisi Rooftop Terrace
After lunch we had this spectacular dessert! Chocoate gelato covered in espresso and topped with whipped cream, YUM!
Penis, Caltagirone Style
Eventually we finished our four hour lunch and left Bar Turrisi. We walked around the town a bit more, but the sun was setting and it was almost time to head back toward home.
The facade of the Duomo
Kristina, Katie, and me
Mt. Etna Sunset
Posing, Christmas Card Style
Kristina, Me, Katie
Through the railing
My day in Castelmola was awesome. Great friends, good food, and lots of laughter! I will definitely visit Castelmola again.