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Our final days in Sicily have been filled with more incredibly scenic drives, more great food and wine, wineries, olive oil processing plants, archaeological sites and atmospheric hilltop towns. As the days wind down, we are probably trying to squeeze in a bit more than we should.
From Piazza Armerina we drove to the outskirts of Agrigento and the Valle dei Templi, encompassing the ruins of the 6th century BC Greek city of ...
We didn't have a set time to start today, and had the morning to explore on our own, so we joined our new friends Sandra and Frank for a walk. We saw the 12th century church, Chiesa di S. Maria, which was originally planned as a mosque, so it contains stunning Byzantine mosaics. Next door there was a much smaller and very simply decorated church, ...
Our first stop was after winding up a large hill to view the 5th century Temple and Theatre. Next was another set of hairpin bends expertly negotiated by our bus driver, while we enjoyed spectacular views down towards the coastline. The picturesque medieval village of Erice was expertly built at the top. We wandered the cobblestone streets and in one of the piazzas a film crew ...
We left Trapani at 10 AM on Friday by bus retracing the route back to Palermo arriving about noon. After checking into the hotel and having lunch we attacked the city by Hop on Hop off bus! Palermo has done a pretty good job of mixing the old with the new. Much of the historical area remains intact while a new modern city has expanded outside. It's pretty chaotic in the narrow old streets, many now of which have been closed to traffic. ...
... seeing all the students involved in the event at the theatre, and in the rally, although I am aware that some of them participated only to have a good excuse to skip school. It was also good to confront with some of the Addiopizzo members about their memories of the killings of Falcone and Borsellino, and on how they feel that Palermo has changed since then. We concluded the day how only a truly Italian can do: by sitting at a bar and chatting in front of a delicious ice cream!