Grand Hotel Minareto
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We have landed in Catania and jumped in our Fiat Panda. Apparently the driving in Sicily is atrocious but we think we have acquired enough experience in our previous road trips not to worry about it. In the end, the driving skills we have needed were the ones learned in our hometowns; aggressive driving in very narrow streets.
From our short stay in Syracuse, we have concluded there is a booming industry ...
This cathedral is truly a rarity. One can see the transformation this sacred place has gone through from an ancient Greek temple to a cathedral with Medieval and Baroque architecture. Its metamorphosis throughout history is evident just by looking at the architecture of this church.
This sacred place has over 2,400 years of history. The cathedral was founded on the ruins of the Temple of Athena, built by the tyrant Gelon. The Doric ...
... preserved in a glass case below a large portrait of them. It was the only building I saw in Sicily that was in any way comparable to the vast beauty of the basilica's we visited in Rome. The architectural design of the building was nearly identical to the churches erected in Rome during the Christian era, and the columns of the once Temple of Athena reflected the same design of the temples created in Ancient ...
... central to the town in both religious and civic aspects. The temples acted as a place for rituals to gain the gods favor, a treasury, and gathering place. Such a diverse place with many functions shows the importance of religions role in society. Everything was centered in religion and nothing changed when the shift in Roman history from paganism ...
It probably sounds boring but we have really loved our sea days. There is lots to do on board if you feel like it. Or you can just relax. We've done a bit of both going to the gym (once!); playing trivia (once), having a jacuzzi or just reading and looking at the ocean. Because there are no travel stories today, I'm going to dedicate all the pictures to the food. As I've mentioned, it has been sensational with the crowning glory a mini degustation. ...