18.02.2009 - 18.02.2009 10 °C
Yesterday Etna's black lava, today the white limestones and marbles of Greek antiquity in Siracusa. The train journey from Catania takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes; the bus on the way back is going more slowly. From the Highway I had a beautiful view of snow-topped and majestic Mt. Etna in the evening sun. (Yesterday and the day before the top was in cloud cover for most of the time.)
The touristical main items of Siracusa revolve around the ancient Greek past and Santa Lucia and her ancient cult (a thing that Swedish speaking people know to appreciate). I just about managed to get into the Archeological Park containing the Greek Theatre as well as a Roman Amphitheatre. Beware: last entry in wintertime is 3pm and the ticket 8€. The early christian catacombes at San Giovanni were Chiuso when I arrived in the afternoon and the Archeological Museum Chiuso per Restauro.
For readers of my earlier blog: a bit of Greek antiquity is a good excuse to commemorate the upcoming first anniversary of the great and unforgettable BalticCycle Bike Ride from Greece to China. In case you haven't seen it: http://lent.travellerspoint.com/10/
In Catania I had the pleasure to meet Fernando from Spain who has been cycling through Spain, France and Italy for the past 8 or so months and he has toured from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego on bicycle in previous years.
Siracusa - Parco Archeologico
Watch my walk through the archeological park: http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=131282