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Published: November 10th 2017
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We left Trapani on Monday morning and headed for Agrigento. Saw lots of farms along the way as we were inland. We found our hotel pretty easily, as some people said it was hard to find. Bonney, the GPS, took us straight to it. We checked in and then headed out to view the Greek temples and the museum that are in the area.
We went to the valley of the temples and walked about 2 miles the first to the last one. They were built between 510 and 430 BC. The best one was the Temple of Concordia, which was the most complete. It was missing the roof, other wise it was in good condition, considering that it was 2500 years old! After walking around the temples, we went back to the car to go to the museum. It was about 1 KM away. We drove towards it and couldn't find the entrance. We drove back and forth 3 times before we saw a small dirt road along side it. This was the entrance to the parking lot. If someone was coming out, you would have to back up and let them out. We finally got
inside the museum and viewed pottery, bronze and some frescoes that were dug up around the temples.
We went back to our room, had dinner and went to bed. The next morning, we headed toward Siracusa. Enroute, we stopped at Villa Romana Del Casale. It is the remains of a roman villa from the 3rd century AD. It has the largest collection of mosaic floors in the world. They were beautiful. The corridor of the great hunt was about 20 feet wide and about 150 feet long. It was one big long mosaic! It must of taken someone years to complete it. It has a mosaic of women in bikini's. The first known instance of such a thing.
We left there and tried to find the village of Piazza Armerina. We wanted to find parking near the outskirts of town, but ended up driving into the old part of town. The road was just barely wide enough for the car. We finally found a parking lot, but it was full. We had to leave. What a pain. We programmed Bonney to take us to our next destination and took off. She took us down a very small road with lots
of driveways and finally told us to turn left onto the highway. Except the highway was about 50 feet above us on a bridge. She couldn't figure out how to get us up there. Our map was not much better. We finally figured out how to leave town and continue on our way. We arrived in the late afternoon in Siracusa. Our first intention was to do laundry and go to our hotel. We couldn't find the laundry, so we went to our hotel instead. Not one of our better choices. Its OK, but not what we are used to. We found out we could walk to the laundry, so we did. It turns out that it is run by an American woman. She took our laundry in, we went into old town and had a couple of glasses of wine and we returned our laundry was washed, dried and folded. How cool is that! TOmorrow we tour old town and another Greek amphitheater.
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