Villa del Casale and Agrigento

Trip Start Oct 03, 2006
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Trip End Oct 18, 2006


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Monday, October 9, 2006

We had arrived at our hotel at Piazza Armenia after a very heavy rain storm. We'd heard the thunder starting while we walked around Ragusa and had a few drops of rain. The hotel had some lighting problems when we arrived but it was soon sorted out.

Most of our hotels seem to not have working telephones so we got no wake up call. Brekkie was more scarce than ususal so we figured no sandwiches for us today. We headed off to the Villa del Casale.

I'd read about the villa, possible hunting lodge for one of the co-rulers of Rome. A layer of mud had buried the Villa. The first archeological digs were in the end of the 19th century and some in the 1920's and 30's. But the major finds happened in the 1950-60s. They uncovered the most magnificent mosaics! My paltry pictures will not do them justice. We spent a couple of hours here and I gave it my best shot trying to fill up a 1gb card with as much as I could! I so wanted to touch them and wished I could have some at my house.

After reluctantly leaving the Villa, we traveled to the seaside and had a wonderful lunch. It is amazing how good pasta can taste when the sauce is a compliment rather than the main ingredient. A walk along the beach yielded great views and lots of sea shells. Then we were off to Agrigento.

Our guide spoke perfect English and he was quite animated. It was interesting to watch and listen to him talk about the settlement of Agrigento, life there, and the demise of various governments. We walked the temples and ruins listening to the stories and facts from the guide. It was amazing how small this important area really was. We didn't have time for the museum because of their odd hours, so we headed to our hotel.

Dinner was with the group at a restaurant where we thought we'd dine watching the lights come up on the temples. Alas, it was all indoors but from their parking lot we did see the temple lit up. Tom and I, unfortunately without a tripod, did try to get a picture of the night scene. It was beautiful.
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