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  • 4 Lessons from the mountains

    4 Lessons from the mountains Over the summer, I spent a week in Dolomites, Italy, climbing and hiking. It was one of the most challenging and yet exhilarating things I have ever done. Coming from a tiny city state with no mountains, I have always dreamed of being...

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  • Crotone 4 - Classical and Roman Age

    From the Archaic and Classical Period, we can see these meandering patterns which were used on walls for decoration. This Roman mosaic shows a bear hunt with dogs - dangerous! On this red-figure vase, you can (again) see a man chasing a woman ... ah, these...

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  • Crotone 3 - Bronze Age

    The third part of the museum showed us parts from the Bronze Age, for example this spear. These bronze swords are typical of these times with their ornamental handle. Paintings like these reconstructions of Bronze Age people help visualize the times. Entering the...

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  • Crotone 2

    In the next part of the museum, we saw this terracotta dragon's head. This is a gravestone for a beloved woman: It reads D<3M Fabia Sperata Sallustis; the rest is not legible anymore. Apparently, they had also invented leetspeak back then ... just kidding. This is...

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  • Crotone

    After passing the Capo Colonna, we arrived at Crotone, where we saw the Archeological Museum. Here you can see early ceramics with animals such as goats drawn unto them. This black-figure vase showed war scenes (maybe about the Trojan War as so often). This...

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  • Scylla

    Driving by bus, our view was always nice: Wide landscapes like this bay opened up before us in the sunshine! Passing by a village, we saw the beach ... ... and we arrived at the castle (again of Norman origin). Now for the main attraction: In the sea around this...

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  • Tindari

    Tinadri greeted us with this colourful mural ... Italians know their country and their arts! The famous cathedral looks very modern and fake with its shiny facade ... indeed, it was rebuilt, yet I think it's still beautiful! Inside, they keep a black Madonna statue on...

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  • Messina: Castello Milazzo

    Messina has a long history which is basically the same as the rest of Sicily's: Early Greek colonisation, Carthaginian and Roman assaults, Goths and Byzantines, Arab and Norman conquests, Swabians, Aragonese, Habsburg, Bourbons, Garibaldi and lots of destruction in...

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  • Patti

    As we were driving along the shore, we saw these craggy cliffs ... they reminded me of Ireland. Marina di Patti is the wonderful beach of the village Patti ... look at all the tourists besides the historical buildings! We passed another ruin on a small peninsula ......

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  • Cefalù

    Moving on under clear blue sky, we saw castles built on hills ... and castles built into the sea (this one reminded me of Ireland) ... and a nice view from below an olive tree ... Finally, we arrived at Cefalù (Kephaloidion). Again, the cathedral had Norman...

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  • Himera

    The next day, Himera awaited us with this sign near the parking lot where our bus stopped. Looks like the mafia is still active in some regions ... The museum showed us the true colours of ancient temples: Yellow, blue and red among the white of the marble stone. Only...

    0 by Jan, one month ago
  • Iaitas 2

    From the hills, we could see the whole valley including the highway ... The patches of land were dried out in the summer heat ... The theatre of Iaitas remains as a cultural site in a destroyed city. Down below, we could see a modern village, built in a strictly...

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  • Iaitas

    Coming from the highway, we went on to see Iaitas, a city which was a centre of Muslim resistance to emperor Frederic II in the 13th century and was destroyed by him in 1246. On the plain, you could see smoke rising up in many places ... intentional fires to burn...

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  • Solunt 2

    Under the blue sky, we had a great view over the whole lagoon! In the ancient city site, there were some remains of colourfully painted walls! The best surviving artwork was this elaborate floor mosaic with Greek patterns! Again, a temple played an important role in...

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  • Solunt

    Solunt was our next stop, a former Phoenician-Greek city: The place was up high, and a small peninsula with a cross made for a nice shot. The ancient city ruins comprised apartments and a cistern (see below). The cistern was huge, which was necessary for a town in...

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  • Segesta

    Segesta is an archaic settlement that became important in classical antiquity. Verres was in office here and spoiled the town of many artworks, as Cicero found out. The Temple to Hera (Zeus' wife) remains as one of the most important and massive structures in the area....

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  • Erice Castle 2

    The ascension to the castle was difficult as it was very steep and they had used winding paths to hinder enemies in reachign the castle. Meanwhile, the main tower throned over us. Looking down the slopes, you could see some monasteries and watchtowers (?). The view...

    0 by Jan, one month ago
  • Erice Castle

    The history of Erice includes the Phoenician Hamilcar (father of Hannibal), the Trojan hero Aeneas whose heirs should found Rome later on, a temple to the oriental goddess Astarte and a later one to the goddess of love Venus. However, the castle is the main attraction...

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  • Erice

    Our next trip by bus lead us through high and arid mountains. In the valley, white houses were crammed together ... The mall gave us a nice perspective with the clear sky in the background! Having arrived at the sea, two rows of palm trees gave me the opportunity of...

    0 by Jan, one month ago
  • Castellammare del Golfo

    The next day, we travelled by bus to the west of Sicily to see Castellammare del Golfo. During the trip, we saw green pastures and white mountains under a blue sky ... a picturesque scene! Almost arriving, we could oversee the whole lagoon where we would be later on! ...

    0 by Jan, one month ago

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