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Syracuse

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  • Day40

    Parco Archeologico della Neapoli

    November 18, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Und direkt daneben gab es noch mehr Sehenswürdigkeiten.

    Das „Ohr des Dionysios“ ist eine künstliche, in den Fels gehauene Höhle. Sie ist etwa 64 m lang, über 20 m hoch und bis zu 11 m breit. Beachtlich ist die Akustik dieser Höhle.

    Der Altar Herions II. war 198 m lang, 22 m breit und über 10 m hoch. Über zwei Rampen wurden an den Festtagen bis zu 450 Opfertiere auf den Altar getrieben und getötet.

    Das römische Amphitheater aus dem 3. Jahrhundert n. Chr. ist 140 m lang und 119 m breit. Der Bühnenraum ließ sich mit Wasser füllen, so dass hier auch Seeschlachten nachgestellt werden konnten.
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  • Day40

    Teatro Greco

    November 18, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Auch wenn Tina keine große Lust auf soviel "tote Steine" hatte, mussten wir uns hier natürlich das griechische Theater ansehen. Es hat einen beeindruckenden Durchmesser von 138 m und bot Platz für 15.000 Zuschauer. Es ist eines der größten auf der Welt.

  • Day19

    Syracuse, Sicily to Catania

    May 26, 2019 in Italy ⋅ 🌬 19 °C

    We checked it of our lovely hotel in Taormina, an walked to the cable car, which takes you to the upper township. It was tourist central, so incredibly busy. We headed for the main attraction,a Greek theatre,still in operation. At least, they’ve set up a plywood stage and do some shows or other. Completely detracts from the historical value, in my opinion, but whatever. The view from the theatre was fabulous.

    We left Taormina, and with plenty of time on our hands, headed for Syracuse (Siracusa). A beach side town, not very pretty, had lots of ruins, but not very accessible! We did not linger, as we were quite tired... we headed to Catania, where the Mercure Grand Excelsior awaited.

    After check in, we decided that we had had enough Italian food for a while, as Paul scouted a Chinese restaurant with insteps of the hotel. It was cheap, and the novelty of the Chinese speaking Italian was worth it. The food, however, was quite possibly the worst Chinese food ever eaten. Absolutely dreadful, and I paid the price all night, with the worst reflux... lesson learned! Haha

    Today we had a leisurelly start, we wandered around Catania, which is just another city, and found the main square. There was a big cathedral, which was lovely inside. It struck midday as we entered, and the organist started playing, which was quite surreal. St Agatha was laying in a glass coffin, her hands blackened, but her face must not be in such good nick, as it was covered by a mask...she was martyred around 251 AD, so I guess she can be forgiven. Every year they celebrated the Feast of St Agatha, and she is rolled out in two ancient carriages from the 1800s. While in the cathedral, I urged Paul to the Confessional, as it had been a while...then we realised we only had 6 hours till our ferry, so not enough time for Paul to come clean...haha.

    We wandered back to our hotel, and as t was now drizzling with rain, and there was a km t I theft, we caught a taxi (luxury!). We have checked in to the ferry (an I note resting process in itself, as you are driven around the port in a mini van to check in, then a short wait in a bar, then minivan drives you on tothe ship!

    We are heading for Valletta Malta, arriving at about midnight. New country, next adventure! Will check in tomorrow night, kids! Looking forward to this one!
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  • Day244

    Syracuse

    February 25, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Several people had recommended that we visit Syracuse, a coastal town with Greek, Roman, medieval and Baroque influences. We arrived before midday at the campervan stopover in the heart of town. It was €22 for 24 hours which was more than we'd usually pay but because the main sights were so close we didn't need to leave Poppy for too long, so we thought it was worth it.

    Grabbing some lunch before heading out, we looked through the window and saw a German couple and their dog who had stayed at the Giardini Naxos site with us! We chatted in broken English and German awhile before donning our sunhats and strolling downhill through the straight grid pattern streets to the old town, situated on a small island.

    Across the stone bridge, we saw small wooden fishing boats moored in the harbour, their blues, reds, whites and greens shining proudly in the bright light. There was a gathering of market stalls in front of the railed off remains of the Temple of Apollo. Huge cylindrical pillars now lay horizontally but we got a striking impression of past grandeur.

    Vicky needed new sunglasses and there was a good range over several stalls. However, for anyone who knows Vicky, you know how picky she can be and for all but one of the pairs proffered by the stallholders 'mi non piace la' (I don't lile that) was one of the phrases they received back. Eventually, a good enough pair was found and we moved on to the food market. Here we got cheese, artichokes, garlic, some red mullet and prawns from an adjacent fish shop and one of the large Amalfi lemons we'd seen growing. The stallholder, as others had done before him, checked we knew how to prepare it (which we didn't). Apparently it is best eaten thinly sliced, pith and all, with salt in salad. When we tried it, it had the consistency of an unripe avocado but tasted very nice.

    Moving away from the market, we treated ourselves to some yummy icecream and sat in the sunshine in the Baroque Piazza del Duomo, on the steps of the cathedral to eat it. Many of the market stall holders had been African and a seller now appraoched us, trying to persuade us to buy some African wooden items. We said no thank you and he sat beside us, beating his drum and enquiring where we were from. After a while he got up to leave but wanted to 'give' us each 'presents' of carved soap stone frogs. We'd both been caught out by 'presents' before and politely declined. When pressed further, we politely declined more forcefully and were left alone.

    On the way back we dropped in to the Santuario della Madonna dello Lacrime, a modern church constructed out of concrete to symbolise a teardop. We could see the building from our pitch and whilst it wasn't the most beautiful of structures it was certainly interesting, with a ground floor cript displaying the life of Christ in a journey of mosaics and paintings in alcoves that radiated around the circumference of the building. Upstairs, the huge basilica was basically an empty space under the conical spire of the teardrop structure.

    Back at the van, our pitch was grassy and the area surrounded by the yellow wildflowers that seem to coat the ground out here, so we sat out in the late sunshine with Poppy and caught up with family back in the UK. The next morning, we paid up did what we needed to with the van. The €22 definitely went towards the location because the services were in a poor state, with the water hose duct taped together and leaking through the join!
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  • Day16

    Kirchenglocken in Syrakus

    January 21 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    Wir stehen in der Nähe der Kirche: Santuario della Madonna delle Lacrime. Schon gestern Abend haben wir uns über das schöne Glockenspiel gefreut😁. So wird man doch gerne geweckt - ja, Jürgen schaut noch etwas verschlafen😂

  • Day33

    Syracuse

    April 6, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Après un trajet sous la pluie qui nous a privé de Noto, nous nous sommes arrêtés sur le port de Syracuse pour passer la nuit.
    Le réveil est enchanteur, les barques se balancent dans le clapotis de l'eau, le ciel est d'un bleu intense.
    La ville nous plait immédiatement :
    Un côté maritime et salin avec quelques beaux palais qui entourent la presqu'île d'Ortigia;
    Un côté baroque avec ses excès sur la place du duomo;
    Un côté romantique avec ses ruelles étroites faisant étalage de ses balcons.
    Nous passons l'après-midi à visiter le parc archéologique et son fameux théâtre grec, mais malheureusement il commençait à être recouvert pour la prochaine saison théâtrale estivale.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Siracusa, Syrakus, Syracuse, سرقوسة, Sirakuz, Горад Сіракуза, Сиракуза, Sirakuza, Syrakusy, Συρακούσες, Sirakuzo, Sirakusa, سیراکوز, Syrakusa, Sioracús, סירקוזה, Սիրակուզա, QIC, シラクサ, სირაკუზა, Сиракузы, 시라쿠사, Syracusae, Siracüsa, Sirakūzai, Sirakūzas, Сиракузæ, Syrakuzy, سائراکوز, Siracuza, Sarausa, Syrakúzy, Sirakuze, ซีรากูซา, Lungsod ng Siracusa, Siraküza, Сіракуза, سرقوسہ، صقلیہ, Siracuxa, 锡拉库扎

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