Francavilla in Sinni, Potenza, Basilicata

Francavilla in Sinni or Francavilla sul Sinni is an Italian commune in the province of Potenza, Basilicata. It is at 421 m, in the southern part of the province. The area, enclosed between the rivers Sinni and Frida alternates mountainous areas (Caramola), and areas of hills and mountains, forests of beech, oak and fir trees. We also find three small lakes: Lake Viceconte, Fish Lake and Lake Erba. In the region Piano Lacco there are remnants of fortified structures that possibly date back to the Middle Ages. On the hill of Mount Catarozzo are the remains of the medieval Rubbio Castel. Nearby are the possible destinations for excursions and walks: the Rifugio Acquafredda, the source Catusa, the field of House of Count, scenic spots of Pietra Sasso from Palladoro and heights of Mount Catarozzolo and Timpa Altosana. Part of the land is included in the Pollino National Park. To see: the Sanctuary of the Madonna of Pompei (XIX), the Certosa of Saint Nicolas, dedicated to the saint of Bari, the chapels of St. Anthony, St. Joseph and the Assumption, and the parish church of San Felice and San Polycarp, dedicated to the patron saints of the country, among others. The main Francavilla in Sinni soccer team is the Football Club Francavilla. We also find the stadium Nunzio Fittipaldi, for soccer and also for other activities.


If you like traditional festivals of the country, visit Francavilla on December, 8th, where it is celebrated the wine festival, called Madonna di Pertusavutte, during which you bleed the barrels and you taste the new wine.
Gonfalone Square offers panoramic views of the Sinni River valley. A nice place to enjoy and take pictures.

Antonio Grimaldi’s photos

Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Mont Saint-Hilaire is one of nine Monteregians hills located near Montreal (30km east). It is named in honor of Hilary of Poitiers, Doctor of the Church, and is part of the core area of the biosphere reserve of Mont-Saint-Hilaire. It covers an area of 16 km2 on the right side of the St. Lawrence River basin, separated from the city of Beloeil by the Richelieu River, giving its name to the municipality that is at his feet, the town of Mont Saint-Hilaire. It includes Lake Hertel. a reception pavilion, a career and the Gault Nature Reserve of McGill University with an area of just over 5 km open to visitors for outdoor activities where there are 4 peaks (Sugar Loaf, hill Burned, Rocky and Dieppe). There are several types of forests with a very diversified fauna and flora, and there are a variety of over 300 minerals. You can do cross-country skiing, hiking and bird watching.


If you want to get a good view of the region and see the Olympic Stadium in Montreal, go to the Sugar Loaf, you can also see the Adirondack mountains in upstate New York. From the top of Dieppe, you will see the Richelieu River. If you want to know the paths that are open to the public, go to the website site of the Nature Center to get a map. If you are a group of 20 people or more, you must apply for a permit to make your hike.

Ko Lipe, Adang-Rawi, Thailand

Koh Lipe or Ko Lipe is a small island in the Adang-Rawi archipelago of the Andaman Sea, southern Thailand. The Thai name means ‘Paper Island’. The island is located at the border of the Tarutao National Park, to the immediate south of the larger islands Koh Adang and Koh Rawi, 50 km from Koh Tarutao. The original population of the island are the Chao Leh, also called Sea Gypsies who still live on the island. They have dark skin and are very typical. They often live in a rudimentary way in the center of the island. We find three main beaches: Sunset Beach, Sunrise Beach and Pattaya Beach. With its clear and calm water, 25% of species of tropical fish of the world are in the region, there are wide varieties of fish in the coral just meters deep near the beaches. For a long time, only a few adventurous tourists came to the island. Today, tourism is becoming a mass that threatens the area and assumes tourist constructions and projects.


The island is accessible only by ferry from Langkawi Pulau or Pak Bara. There is no pier so the ferry drops anchor near the beaches and you must reach the coast on foot or by long-tail boat.
On the island there are no cars and the only modes of transport are walking and motorcycle taxi. As the island is small, it is possible to walk around on foot in just over an hour.
If you like scuba diving, there are several sites and dive shops and people that organize boat trips.