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Taormina and Villages -
Walking through the charming city center
Mt. Etna and Sylvester
Craters - We drove through villages that sit on the ancient volcanic eruptions
to Mt. Etna and along the rim of the Sylvester Crater.
Taormina Amphitheatre -
the Roman amphitheatre with a spectacular view of Mt. Etna.
Siracusa, Noto, Ragusa -
Toured Siracusa Archaeological Park and Ear of Dionysius, then went on to Noto,
renowned for its Baroque style. Ragusa is a city made up of the upper part built
after the 1693 quake and the lower part called Ragusa Ibla.
Agrigento - a hillside
town famous for its magnificent Valley of the Temples that the poet Pindar
described as "the most beautiful city built by mortal man". The Concordia
temple, similar to the Parthenon in Athens, faces east to get the morning sun.
Palermo - Palace of the
Normans and its superb Palatine Chapel. Followed by Benedictine Abbey of
Monreale with its fine mosaics of the Old and New Testaments.
Segesta - The Doric
Temple ranks as one of the best preserved Greek sites.
Marsala and Trapani - The
sea side town of Marsala is known for its sweet wines, which we sampled at a
vineyard on the way. We enjoyed a Sicilian lunch in Trapani. Even simple dishes
like grilled sardine and ripe tomato tasted fantastic.
Palermo - San Cataldo
church, Fontana Pretoria, Teatro Massimo (opera house) and back at our hotel.
Exhibition - We chanced upon the preparation of an art exhibition behind a
Corleone - With narrow
streets and courtyards, it's known for being the birthplace of Mafia. We enjoyed
a cooking lesson here with traditional Sicilian dishes.
Naples, Galleria Umberto,
Amalfi Coast and Ravello