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Mar 18, 2018 - Syracuse:Sicily

Our unit in Plemmirio turned out to be in a great spot with just a two minute walk to a small beach directly opposite Syracuse. As this was our last stop in Sicily we wasted little time getting out to explore Syracuse, Catania, Avola and a fabulous old town with the odd name of Noto Antica. In ancient times it was known as Netun and has recorded history to 263 BC. Unlike many old towns, Noto was more open in its layout and the mainly Baroque architecture was in pristine condition. Avola on the other hand was cramped and full of scary...

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Oct 17, 2014 - Southeastern Sicily

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Italy chapter on Sicily has to say about Southeastern Sicily: “This is a region of river valleys, fields of olive, almond and citrus trees and magnificent ruins. Within the evocative stone walled checkerboard lies a series of handsome towns: Ragusa, Modica and Noto. Shattered by a devastating earthquake in 1693, they were rebuilt in the ornate and much-lauded Sicilian baroque style; that lends the region a honey-coloured cohesion and collective beauty. Writer Gesualdo Bufalino...

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Jul 23, 2014 - The road to Syracuse

Before my trip, I thought that if I can get through the first week and build some stamina, the riding would get easier. Luckily I never imagined how hard the first day would be. My plan was to ride about 100 km to Noto, the first gem of the "baroque triangle", visiting Syracuse and especially Ortigia along the way. By the end, I was just happy to cover the 70 km to Syracuse. For the first 30 km out of Catania I faced a strong headwind and a baking sun that drained my fluids and legs. After a break with delicious Ganita, an espresso and a...

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Jun 10, 2012 - Dolce viaggio

We collected the car at Notorbartolo railway station in Palermo. 'Not Centro' said the Europe Car Office man on the phone when we eventually found the number and worked out how to call. 'Everyone always goes to Centro, Notorbartolo!' As one of the guests at breakfast observed, why doesn't someone do something about it if everyone always has that problem? Like make it clear on the website? But he was no doubt feeling particularly snaky that morning. Anyway the Europe car man was polite and helpful as we have found Sicilians in general, and...

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Mar 31, 2012 - Syracuse

We arrived in Syracuse late yesterday afternoon. The old town is built on a small island called Ortygia, connected to the newer part of town by two, short bridges. The town was founded by the Greeks, who built a large temple of Apollo in the center of the island, which is still partly there. After checking into our hotel, Tommaso gave us a quick orientation walk of the historical center, ending down at the waterfront just as the sun was setting. It was a long day and I was ready to be rid of the tour members. Its a good group of people,...

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May 17, 2011 - Mont Etna & Syracuse

We drove up to Mont Etna to check out the vulcan and saw several people riding their bikes to the top a 3000+ meters altitude gain ... good project for a next time, interesting that we arrived 2 days after the Giro de Italia climbed the mont and Ivan Basso added 15+ stitches to his face. and drove south to Syracuse, and old greek city were Archimedes was born. The old part of the city is in an island and has nice piazzas, churchs and old building.

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Mar 19, 2009 - Down to the bottom of Sicily

Monday 16th March. Not a brilliant start but made our way onto the minor road to Syracuse to see a little local colour. The road wound its way through several towns and villages and it was interesting to see the locals in action. Half way to our destination we stopped at a café to buy lunch. The café was doing a roaring trade but did not look the most salubrious of places. After watching several truckers, a few businessmen, the prison guards and the police buy their sandwiches we were persuaded. The menu was restricted! The basic start was...

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