Torreata Residence Hotel
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking
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Awaking in our new favorite Nonna's yard we hit the road to catch the short ferry over to Sicily to see what it was all about. Arriving the port of Messina it got us just about excited as every other port town. It seems if you have a major port your town is usually a major let down. After a quick pizza stop the decision was made to navigate Sicily anticlockwise and chopping down the middle. Thus, we zoomed Harold west bound toward Palermo. Along the way we passed ...
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 ...
The Capella Palatina is a chapel in the Palazzo Reale in Palermo, Sicily. It was built by Arab workers and paid for by Norman Kings. It is in traditional style of most churches during the era. There is a long rectangular area (aisle) and then a smaller area at the end which is covered by a dome. In the aisle, the ceiling is made of ornate wood carvings. The carving had paintings, painted on cloth, ...
... which once channelled water, to a Roman cistern (presumably an underground quarry from the Greek period) that had a network of aqueducts leading in and out of it where the guide explained the process by which workers kept the water clean. Through all of this I suffered in silence from the bloody cold and frequently considered cooching up to Sheila, but I was shy, only managing on occasion to steal packets of warmth.
The last part of the tour was at the ground level ...