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Travel with me: Scala dei Turchi, Sicily

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Na jugu Sicilije, blizu mesta Porto Empedocle, se skriva pravljica. Bela pravljica, ki te resnično pusti brez besed. Kamnita mojstrovina narave, ki bi jo človek kar gledal in gledal. In seveda naredil tisoč in eno fotografijo.
On the south of Sicily, near Porto Empedocle, there is a fairytale hidden. A white fairytale that truly leaves you breathless. The stone masterpiece of nature that you could admire for hours. And, of course, make a gazillion photos.
SCALA DEI TURCHI (Turške stopnice / Turkish steps)
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Vožnja do tja je čisto okej, hitro se začnejo pojavljati tudi znaki, ki kažejo pot. Da si blizu ugotoviš po ogromnem številu avtov in turistov, ki se ustavljajo ob cesti in fotografirajo. Urejenih je kar nekaj razglednih točk, parkirišč pa na tem delu ravno ni, zato je priporočljiva previdnost, saj vsi parkirajo kar ob cesti in hodijo čez cestišče – in ponavadi ne pazijo.
Driving there is the way to go. There are signs that show the way. That you are near you find a bunch of cars and tourists there, that simply stop by the road and want to take a picture. There are a few of viewing points made, but there is no parking there, so you need to be carefull not a hit a car or a person that simply walk on and by the road.
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Na spodnjem delu, kjer je dostop do turških stopnic, pa so urejena, in plačljiva, parkirišča. Žal tukaj drugače kot plačat ne gre, saj parkiranje ob cesti ali v naravi hitro prinese kazen. Tukaj so tudi ena izmed dražjih parkirišč na otoku, če pa prideš proti večeru pa znaš prit vsaj malenkost ceneje skozi. Vstopnine na samo znamenitost ni, tako da je edini strošek parkirnina.
There are parking places on the lower part, where there is access to the stairs but you have to pay for them. Unfortunatelly there isn’t a lot of other options for parking here, since parking by the road or in the nature can quickly get you a ticket. One of the more expensive parkings are here, but if you come in the evening, you can get a better deal. Turkish steps have got no entrance fee, so the only expence you’ll have is for the parking.

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Do samih turških stopnic ne moreš prit z avtom, izbiri sta dve, ali parkiraš nekje bolj zgoraj in potem prehodiš kar nekaj stopnic (najprej dol, potem gor), ali pa parkiraš čisto spodaj in imaš še lep izlet po obali. Narava je kar divja in sprehod je zanimiv, zato jaz priporočam to, ta drugo opcijo.
You cannot get all the way to turkish steps by car, you have two choices, one is to park somewhere on the upper part and you walk the stairs (first down and then up) or you park on the bottom and you have also a nice trip by the beach. The nature is interesting in this part and the walk is interesing, so I would suggest this second option.
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V vsakem primeru pa te čaka vzpon na stopnice – vendar v tem primeru niso prave stopnice, temveč kamnita tvorba, ki sicer izgleda kot stopnice, večino časa pa hodiš v hrib. Vzpon je dokaj strm, na srečo pa kamnina ni mokra, za to ne drsi. Jaz (in velika večina vseh) smo po kamnini hodili bosi, saj imaš tako večji oprijem in manjšo možnost za nesrečo. Pred vzponom pa te čaka tudi nekaj metrov hoje po morju, še en razlog več, da si bos – jaz sem si čevlje nosila kar v rokah, nič pa ne bo narobe, če jih pustiš kar v avtu.
But no matter what there is a climb on the turkish steps waiting for you – but in this case I am not talking about real steps but on the rocky hill, that kind of looks like steps but mostly you just walk up the hill. The climb is rather steep but lucky the rocks aren’t wet so it’s not slipery.  I (and many others) walked barefoot, since this way it was easier for me and it is less dangerous. Before the climb there are also a few feet of sea, another reason to walk barefoot – I carried my shoes in my arms, but there will be no harm if you simply leave them in your car.
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Razgled na turških stopnicah je fenomenalen, sploh se splača počakat sončni zahod – vendar vedi, da boš v tem primeru po stopnicah hodila po temi, kar pa zna biti problem. Določeni deli so namreč kar ozki, zaščite pred padcem pa ni, saj je to naravna struktura. In četudi zna biti ogromno ljudi, so dovolj velike, da bo vsak našel svoj prostor, svoj razgled in svoj meter za fotografiranje.
The view on turkish steps is fenomenal, especially if you wait for the sunset – but keep in mind that dark comes after it and you might walk the hill in the dark, which could be a bit dangerous. There are some really narrow points and there is no protection, since this is something nature build. There can be a lot of people, but turkish steps are big enough for everyone – everyone can find their spot, their view and their place to take pictures.
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Če boš kdaj na Siciliji, so turške stopnice zagotovo en izmed krajev, ki jih moraš obiskati! Ne pozabi pa napolniti telefona in fotoaparata, saj se boš domov zagotovo vrnila z ogromno fotografijami – tako kot sem se jaz!
If you are ever in Sicily, turkish steps are absolutely one of the places you have to visit! And don’t forget to charge your phone and camera, you are for sure coming home with a bunch of photos – just like I did!
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Xoxo, A.

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