Islands of the Western Mediterranean travel blog

Cathedral, originally a Greek Temple to Athena

View from the top in Enna

Temple of Juno

Temple of Concordia

Temple of Zeus with Agrigento in the background

The slave freed

Started the day after breakfast of a special orange juice which looked more like cranberry but had the orange tang along with a selection of cakes and pastries all home made-the lightest croissants ever.

Our guide then took us for a quick tour of the cathedral which was originally a Greek temple dedicated to Athena and the outer columns are Greek, the inner more Romanesque. A side altar dedicated to St Lucia was interesting for as the patron saint her statue is processed on her feast day, Dec 13.

Back to our hotel, cases on the bus and we drove to Enna a town in the centre of Sicily and said to be the navel of Sicilly;definitely the protruding navel as we drove up to the high town so high that it felt as though we were viewing surrounding country from a plane. A large town with its own university and hospital but with very narrow winding streets which gave our driver plenty of challenges.

Lunch at a whole food / slow food restaurant with really tasty vegetarian food, although four of our party decided to move next door for burgers and pizza!

At the very top of the town is the fortified tower which was the summer residence of one of the governors and a statue outside commemorates the rebellion of the slaves.

Driving on toward Agrigento there was some rain but it had cleared by the time we went to explore the Valley of the Temples, so I'll let my photos show you something of that. Also at the Valley of Temples were memorials to people who had been killed, mostly judges and people in high positions killed by the Mafia but one was to a man beheaded by Isis.

Dinner at the hotel from which we could see the temples lit as well as a spectacular lightning show, no thunder but rain must be on the way.

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