Gran Bretagna Hotel
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... and Byzantine Empire. Sacked by the Saracens in 878 AD, the city fell into decline. For the next 800 years, famine, plague and earthquakes reduced the population drastically and Syracuse's rosy days were over for many years.
In 1693, the Val de Noti earthquake became a life line and catalyst for energetic urban renewal. A massive program of baroque style building reconstruction took place and the city began to thrive once again.
... we embarked on a tour of the processing area, which suprisingly contains state of the art machinery in what is effectively the middle of nowhere.
We also visited the historical processing plants and living quarters of the workers - a further example of the tough, labour intensive work of the past.
This business now provides high quality top end olive oil product, a major buyer being the Japanese! The owner was ...
... To think my mother Salvatice gave all this up to move to Australia, met my father, Sebastian Pulvirenti, married the love of her life, settled and gave birth to four children.
Whilst here in Sicily, I discovered that there is a town called Sciacca, which is also my Mother's maiden name. Sciacca (Greek; Θέρμαι; Latin) means Thermal Spa or 'ex aqua' or in Arabic it comes from ...
... cobbled streets and the town centre.
We visited the Giardini Ilbeo, a beautiful garden with stunning panoramic view of the deep gorge and the surrounding mountains. We visited The Portal of Saint George, which consists of a pointed arch of stone pink limestone, of Gothic-Catalan style, decorated with carvings depicting St. George on horseback slaying the dragon. Above the arch the Eagle Aragonese is visable.
During the walk ...
After a good nights rest I woken up to a breakfast of Granita and Brioche. I believe it has been the staple diet for the whole time I have been in Sicily. The day was enjoyed relaxing by the waters of the Ionian sea and as well the frequent dips. The Mediterranean water are quite warm, but under currents which thrust into the water are freezing. After a while those shots of icy water ...