Bed and Breakfast Sierra Vento
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... a nice and open square (who wants to eat in an open square in the middle of the sun at 35 degrees ?
We strolled through the village and then went to the beach.
Beaching seems to be a life style for most Sicilians, after some extensive searching we found a nice spot, where there were not too many weeds in the sea and installed ourselves amongst the locals.
The sea was beautiful, the water was warm - really warm- beach was sandy and you could walk for ...
... with the cathedral was very unique. The cathedral itself used to be an ancient temple that was converted into a church afterwards, but the pillars are still very visible in the church.
From there we went back to our home to have a cooling dive into the little pool and cool down after the heated day. Despite all the nice things we see, the warmth is still a challenge and the amount of water to drink to stay alive ...
... egg plant or cheese filled. Very nice food.
From Modica we went to Noto and made a walk along one of the main streets. Noto is also a baroque city (the nicest probably) but has a different concept, rather than having an old part and a new part, they left the old city and build a new city along 3 main streets. One for the official buildings, one for the rich people and one for the other people. The other streets go ...
... which helps climbing the stairs.
It took us a good 4 hours to do both parts of the city with a drink an between. Despite the fact that these are very nice cities there is a lot of empty houses in both parts. It shows how Sicily is getting empty and young people are going to the main land. These cities are also difficult for modern ways of living with the small streets, the stairs etc.
From there it was another 80 km to get ...
Our stroll back to our hotel took us past some very luxurious cruiser boats, the most impressive being the huge Carla Maria moored at the nearby marina. There is some serious money in the lovely Ortygia.
Our evening at the Osteria da Mariano was quite delightful. The friendly and very popular tavern is owned by an old Syracuse family who claim to use local fresh ingredients and old traditional recipes. Sadly, we are not ...