Giardino dei Greci Hotel
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... before 648 BC, perhaps as early as 716 BC. It was taken by the Athenians in 426 BC. After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, under the Byzantines, the town became one of the first episcopal seats of Sicily. In the 9th century Milazzo was conquered by the Arabs, who built here the first nucleus of the castle. Frederick II of Hohenstaufen further fortified the town and created here a personal hunting park. The castle was later mostly rebuilt in the age of Charles V of ...
... by Strabo and other ancient writers. The new settlement seems to have risen rapidly to prosperity, and was apparently already a considerable town at the time of Timoleon's expedition in 345 BC. It was the first place in Sicily where that leader landed, having eluded the vigilance of the Carthaginians, who were guarding the Straits of Messina, and crossed direct from Reggio di Calabria to Tauromenium. The city was at that time still under the government of Andromachus, ...
... on previous nights. Matt started with salmon tartare, and I had Caesar salad. We both had beef tournedos. Dessert was apple crumble for Matt, and lemon curd in phyllo for me. We then returned to the room, organized our laundry to hand in for service tomorrow, and packed our backpack for tomorrow's shore excursion in Athens. It will be an early day, as we need to meet up with our tour group at 8:00 am. Better get to bed after such a busy ...
... going to venture up to Taormina, after the rain stopped.... but evidently we are going to be deluged for the next 24 hours +. Looks like Marina and I are going to have to shop with umbrellas, and galoshes..... How funny. Right now I am nestled in the saloon, below deck.... because even with the tarp covering the mid-section of Milena -- it is too wet to be outside, even under cover.... the tarp is leaking rain ...
We docked in the Sicilian port of Messina around 10 am and quickly departed for our tour titled "Taste of Sicily: Mt. Etna & Taormina." We boarded our assigned bus, and found that our guide had the most incredible accent: she was Sicilian, but had clearly leaned English from British instructors. So she had a perfect Manchester British accent, with a slight Italian inflection. It was really fun. The drive to Mt. Etna took about an hour, during which time our guide told us ...
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