by Alain Chivilò
Being in the Scala dei Turchi was not a priority during my time in Sicily. Months of tourism, visits and insights as well as having planned and allowed to an artist, who kindly hosted me, the possibility of exhibiting in her city.
The Scala dei Turchi. Staircase of the Turks.
Closed or open? In different seasons, taking advantage of a friendly, unique and exclusive view, I saw many tourists and locals walking there. Sometimes it was even without people.
On a day in late winter but well into spring, planning the visit in the afternoon to see the sunset effect on the rocks, a constant coming and going of people had preceded me and was arriving along the tortuous itinerary created to reach the entrance via land (excluding the sea). The Scala dei Turchi was open. With respect, education and civility, the visit was a must, as for all visitors, local and non-local, of those days.
In a canonical definition: the Scala dei Turchi is made up of marl, a sedimentary rock of a clayey and calcareous nature, with a characteristic pure white colour. The typical stairway shape, however, is due to the erosion process caused by water and wind. The name, Scala dei Turchi, derives from the Saracen pirates, improperly called Turks by the local populations (this is how the Arab people were called by convention), who in the sixteenth century used to land as an easy coastal point on the sea for piracy and stalemate actions, in an area sheltered from the winds and probably also without surveillance. When it is open, a unique environment to be respected and safeguarded.
Even if we are not those of television or radio, an exclusive visit with the undersigned Alain, in order to give that unique effect especially to those who have never had the opportunity to visit it.
©AC, NDSL, AM, Alain Chivilo