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... Aranchini. These were hard to find in the vegetarian variety but the hunt was worth it as they were amazing and we could wash them down with some local beer.
After a run around town in the morning dodging crazy Sicilian drivers (worse than the average mainland variety) we planned to hit the beach. These plans changed once the wind and dust kicked up an almighty fuss. Instead we opted to head south through the island. We made it to Piazza Armerina ...
... and religious intrigues which go with it. Basically, it is no different from the rest of Europe but is hugely more cosmopolitan because of its geographical position in the Mediterranean being on main trading route through the centre. We started at the catacombs which, apparently, are quite different to that of Rome. There are more than two thousand embalmed bodies basically on display (attached), most of them in all their decayed glory as they gradually return to ...
The arena in Syracuse was a round center for games much like the Colosseum. It was the second largest to the Colosseum and was used for a variety of things such as chariot races and gladiatorial fights. The seats would have gone up to about as tall as the trees (see picture for details). In the center of the arena is a large hole with two beams sticking up. During ...
It is believed that this theater began as a Greek theater and later was transformed into a Roman one. This is evident in the style the theater was built (point toward Greek) and the brick work (pointing toward Roman). It is quite an impressive structure because the center of the stage is open and you can see to the sea. The Romans conquered Sicily during its conquests and came across this theater. They then restored it ...
... This is because they got all of them from different Greek and Roman and Byzantium temples and buildings. The front of the church has a wonderful mosaic. At the top, is God. He holds a closed bible because Jesus had not been sent yet. Below this is the sky, the hand of God extends from it sending a dove to the Virgin Mary. Then, there is Jesus-quite large. In his left hand, he holds a ...
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