Or.. how we were on a ferry a couple times but mostly traveling around the beautiful island of Sicily for 10 days.
Apologies for how delayed this post is. Hopefully I’ll be able to get in a Fall Break one before we leave again in 2 weeks for Campania! Time works a touch differently here, in that we never have any. The Centro is a mysterious place.
The Sicily trip was October 8th-16th. We hit Paestum the first day and spent the afternoon wandering around the remains of enormous Doric Temples and the Roman Forum there. We got to climb on stuff. It was great. The best part about that day was the beach by the hotel. The water was SO warm even though the air was pretty chilly and we were in the water as the sun was setting. I have never seen anything so gorgeous. We also got to go back and look at the temples at night all lit up. That was pretty cool too.
The 9th was mostly spent driving which was a little hard to handle. It also didn’t help that we were driving through mountains so we kept going through tunnels and then driving over these ridiculous high land bridges. I do not like bridges. When we got to Reggio Calabria we stopped to see the Riace Bronzes and that was awesome. They haven’t been on display in a long time. We also stayed at a 5 star hotel that night. It’s really the only way to live.
Monday the 10th was our actually crossing to Sicily. Ferry boat! Then we hit the beautiful tourist trap of Taormina. We saw the Greek (and then Roman) theater there. Such an amazing view. After lunch we got back in the bus and drove to Syracuse where we stopped at the fort and got to play/explore the ruins for about an hour and a half. Probably my second favorite activity of the entire trip.
Tuesday we went to Ortigia and saw some more temples, walked through this really cool open air market, saw the Quarries, Greek theater, and the remains of the Roman amphitheater. It really is a whole different experience staring at these monuments while hearing about them. It is impossible to fathom how huge these temples were unless you’re standing in front of the remains.
For the rest of the week we continued to move around Sicily hitting Agrigento where we swam at the mob beach, Selinunte, Motia, and Palermo. Saturday night-Sunday morning we took a ferry from Palermo to Naples and then drove about 3 hours back to Roma. All in all it was a fantastic experience. The living situation was a little intense. We kept feeling that the Centro staff had specifically chosen hotels that were so far removed from anything that we didn’t have a chance to escape and get away from each other.
Anyway, that’s all for now. Look for a Fall Break update hopefully coming soon. “About how all my stuff got stolen….” True story.