Bed and Breakfast Sierra Vento
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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking
- Pets allowed
- Continental Breakfast
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... into our bathing suits, spread out our little beach blanket, opened a bottle of wine and played a few hands of cards, hoping for the sun to return so we could enjoy a dip. No dice. We finally threw in the towel (so to speak), packed up and started our hike back to civilization. Of course, after hiking about 15 minutes the sun came back out and had us sweating by the time we got back to the ...
... your food choices. Choose whatever Sicilian bottle that strikes your fancy, confident that: 1) it will not be more than $25, more likely $15-$20; 2) it will be delicious; and 3) the restaurant's markup will be about $5. Feeling flush? Why not splurge on something imported, maybe something from Italy. You might pay $40 or $50 for something really special. Guess what the restaurant's take is. About $5.
We picked up our rental car in Siracusa, made a quick run back up to Catania (short but boring story) then searched out the backroads and scenic routes in a roundabout drive to Noto. Happy to have the independence only a car can provide after relying on public transportation for several weeks. The busses and trains we've used have worked well and have been easy to negotiate. ...
... the hotel just magically show up. Just point and click. Google knows everything about us. Sure hope Google and Santa Clause don't compare notes.
After settling in to our room we went out to stroll the island and to find something to eat.
Ortigia is heavily influenced by tourism, but for some reason I found it quite charming rather than tacky like many other tourism-dominated towns. Part of it was, I think, a true local artist ...
... throughout Sicily, which was a necessary defence against many invaders. Unfortunately it didn't help withstand mother nature's earthquakes. In Sicily a town or village is considered 'contempory' if it is only 400 years old! We stayed overnight at the Hotel Poggio del Sole, which was out of town so we ate at their restaurant. Our group was served salad and far too many ...