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This visit makes up for most of the morning and we spend the rest of the day sightseeing in the rain and up and down Via Etnea, the main shopping street that runs straight from Piazza del Duomo up to the foothills below Etna for what it feels a thousand times.
So we decided to head for the airport early and we sat exhausted waiting to board the plane, dreaming of a sunny Rome.
We have landed in Catania and jumped in our Fiat Panda. Apparently the driving in Sicily is atrocious but we think we have acquired enough experience in our previous road trips not to worry about it. In the end, the driving skills we have needed were the ones learned in our hometowns; aggressive driving in very narrow streets.
From our short stay in Syracuse, we have concluded there is a booming industry ...
This cathedral is truly a rarity. One can see the transformation this sacred place has gone through from an ancient Greek temple to a cathedral with Medieval and Baroque architecture. Its metamorphosis throughout history is evident just by looking at the architecture of this church.
This sacred place has over 2,400 years of history. The cathedral was founded on the ruins of the Temple of Athena, built by the tyrant Gelon. The Doric ...
... to any of the buildings around it. The inside of the cathedral was large and spacious, with a giant altar located at the back center of the room. There were smaller side rooms located down the walls of the cathedral that mostly served as a separate place for prayer and worship. There was a room in the back corner of the cathedral dedicated to two saints, in which the names I don't remember, with ...
... occurred. Christians took this central and important location, filled in the columns, filled the space with their art, and used it as a church. A place of worship for the virgin Artemis became a place of worship for the Virgin Mary. This building is a testament to the importance, and maybe even dependence, of religion in Roman culture, no matter the ...