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We left our Hotel Bellini in Catania. It looked worse from the outside than it really was. Inside it was clean and staff were terrific, providing helpful guidance for the city and beyond. The guidebook said that the Hotel was located in an area "with a lively bar scene outside." The book wasn't kidding. The noise of music and people went well …
... bustle of tourists from where we came. Plenty of benches throughout these gardens so you could sit back and enjoy your surrounds.
We ate at Licchio’s and met Angelo who spoke very good English. Enjoyed a light lunch and a granita, for which Sicily is renowned for amongst its many other specialities. Peter had a chocolate one and I had a blueberry granita. Boy they are sweet!
We walked through the main street ...
... old streets. A maze of narrow back streets connected the piazzas and larger streets. In many of the hillside towns and cities we have visited in Italy these would have been steep stairs or alleyways. In Orytigia the were a pleasant stroll through the private corners of local people's lives. With the sun setting and a date (long overdue) with a washer and dryer, we said goodbye to Siracusa/Ortygia and went back to the ...
Today was a much needed relaxing day at sea. We laid in the sun and recharged our batteries after going non stop the past few days. Tonight is formal night so we are all dressed for photos, dinner in the steak restaurant and a great bottle of 2005 Opus One. After dinner we went to the casino in tuxedoes and gowns looking for James Bond and a Baccarat table. Only found 3 card poker and black jack. Broke even for the evening and off to bed. Tomorrow is ...
... that tempted me here for a purchase until we entered the Centro Commeciale where I purchased a t/shirt and cap. We visited the Voda Phone shop so that I could understand why my phone was out of service and would you believe all I had to do was reboot! There was still one more thing I had to do before I activated the Internet and that cost me a further €5.00. Well it is up and running now, so if my cousins need to contact me they can. We returned to Acireale and Piña organized ...
- Continental Breakfast
- Shuttle bus service
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking