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This visit makes up for most of the morning and we spend the rest of the day sightseeing in the rain and up and down Via Etnea, the main shopping street that runs straight from Piazza del Duomo up to the foothills below Etna for what it feels a thousand times.
So we decided to head for the airport early and we sat exhausted waiting to board the plane, dreaming of a sunny Rome.
... in theory we were going up the volcano in an organised trip but with the awful weather we are putting up with we have given up that idea. Instead we have visited the Greek theatre of Taormine and have gone to eat to Messina, the city where one of my friends from work lived in for over 30 years working as a tour guide. Thanks to a SMS from her we knew what to visit. We stopped in Giardino Naxos promenade for ice cream and arrival in Catania in ...
We bumped into some cars when arriving in Taormine trying to negotiate the narrow and steep streets but locals must be used to it because nobody got angry about it.
After so much stress on the road, the dinner and the walk around the city has left us in a really good mood. It is a beautiful city and we are looking forward to seeing it in the daylight and we have been told that the view from the balcony of our room with the sea and the volcano is ...
... a passegiatta of shopping Italians to rival Rome.
As soon as we knew the sun would stay out, we looped back to catch the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento in slanting afternoon sunlight. Seven incredible sandstone structures from the golden age when this was Greece and Agrigento threw the empire's best parties for the gods. The temples sat amidst a bloom of yellow mustard, reminding us of what's to come in February in ...
... the Romans picked it up and added their own influence. The Romans were able to built the arts because of the power of the empire. Only when citizens feel safe and provided for, can they begin to focus on things like dramatic performance. But because of the drastic power the empire possessed, the richness of culture grew with it. This was revolutionary for culture and society of its ...