Hotel del Santuario
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... a nice and open square (who wants to eat in an open square in the middle of the sun at 35 degrees ?
We strolled through the village and then went to the beach.
Beaching seems to be a life style for most Sicilians, after some extensive searching we found a nice spot, where there were not too many weeds in the sea and installed ourselves amongst the locals.
The sea was beautiful, the water was warm - really warm- beach was sandy and you could walk for ...
... we took the bus to Ortegia, which is the old part of Syracuse with a number of churches (had you thought differently) a number of palazzos, (had you thought differently) and small and dark streets with room for a scooter at best, but where the Sicilians would drive a car. It was a good idea to use the bus to get there as the streets where very small and traffic was limited. The walk was nice and specifically the ...
... altar ever built) remain of this rather gruesome monument. Apparently, the altar blocks and indeed much of the park's site buildings were removed in the 16th Century by the Spanish for the construction of the fortifications on the Syracuse island of Ortygia.
Sacrificial sites do not do much for either Alan or myself and we hurriedly moved on to the next historic monument, trusting it may impress us a bit more than the grisly altar.
... in the 12th century, and remained covered until the 1950s. Extensive excavation has revealed a very large dwelling, complete with baths and saunas, and large living and sleeping areas for the family, guests and servants.
A highlight of the house is its 3,500 sq. metres of mosaics on its floors, very much intact, and illustrating day to day life in Roman times.
The massive structure covering the villa was only ...
... a wheel chair these days and not the spritely woman I met 22 years ago. In all there are 5 sisters including my mother and Zia Congettina.
Sara and Pina took Zia Graziella and myself out for dinner that night to a restaurant called "Ficodindia" and I had chosen poorly. They don't make steaks in Sicily like they do in Australia.
The Steak Florentine would have been the best choice, but they are one of the most expensive choices on the menu.