Take me to the greek!
Trip Start May 14, 2011
25Trip End Jun 04, 2011
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Our reason for being in Agrigento is to see the Valley of the Temples (for which our campground is so cleverly named). It topped my list of "stuff to see" while in Sicily and it most definitely did not disappoint. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. For some context, the ancient sites spread out over the top of a ridge for over 4 kilometers. Also, for those of you reading who want to visit, a tip is to park at the very bottom and pay the 2 Euros to be taken to the top in a taxi and walk back down. It’s worth it – especially if it’s hot and heaving with the entrails of tour buses. Of course it rained on us a bit, so traffic was light
After about 3 hours of scrambling around 2500 year old Greek temples, it was back in the car. Tonight’s destination is near Ragusa in Chiaramonte Gulfi and an agritourism stay there. We hope.
I actually was writing that in the car as we were driving around southeastern Sicilian tiny roads looking for our villa. It turns out the directions I copied from the “English” part of their website were incomplete. So we were in the completely wrong place. In a downpour. I finally plugged in the wireless card and we read the directions on their site in Italian. OH! So that’s where we’re supposed to be. Oh and we learned the Italian word for “turn left” and other important direction words. We finally pull up a dirt drive in the middle of NOWHERE to an amazing villa – Villa Zottopera. We were greeted at the iron gate, all in Italian of course, and shown to our room: Casa Rosso. We later found out that is the last name of the family who has been living in this villa for hundreds of years, making olive oil and wine and winning awards for both. All the rooms are around a courtyard, which surrounds the main house. The room is self-catering, which means it has a full working kitchen and separate bedroom. Absolutely perfect
(C) First, Chiaramonte Golfi - despite having a name that sounds like one might find it on a "gulf" of some sort - is actually perched on a mountaintop. Second, the Villa Zottopera - despite having a name that says you can find it in Chiaramonte Golfi, is actually located in a tiny hamlet called Roccazo - naturally
Our hosts are wonderful and show us to the most perfect space - kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, terrace, everything we need.