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Ristorante, San Giovani in Fiore, Calabria

This was a wonderful family run place with great food. You can never tell by the outside.

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Ristorante, Cosenza , Calabria

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Glass Doors, Capri

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Theater. Siracusa Italy

"Syracuse, a former Cinema Salamandra back publicly accessible.A brief reopening.” This was from a news clipping, I am not sure of the present status of the theater. It was closed when I took this photo

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Old Building, Melilli, Sicily

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Ready for Restoration, Melilli, Sicily

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Stone Arched Entry, Italy

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Apartment Entrance, Italy

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Stone Entry, Italy

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For rent, Italy

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Gated Entry, Italy

Around Siracusa The Feast of Santa Lucia May 13, 2014

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Ths festival of Santa Lucia, St. Lucy. What a spectacle. Siracusa Sicily

Text From the web site Iralian Notebook, here is a description of the festival:

Carrying eyes around on a plate is not an everyday occurrence, but it happens twice a year in Syracuse, Sicily during the Festa of Santa Lucia, December 13 and May 13.

During theFesta, the statue of Santa Lucia is carried through the streets of Syracuse, no mean feat considering that the statue alone is made of 90 kilos of silver, and it stands on a huge base of carved silver – no wonder it takes 60 men to carry it. But back to those eyes on a plate.

Several versions of Lucia’s martyrdom are told, including having her eyes gouged out by Diocletian soldiers when she refused to renounce her Christian faith, or even tearing her own eyes out in a rather overly dramatic gesture of her dedication to Christ. Therefore, Santa Lucia is commonly depicted with the symbol of her eyes on a plate. Syracuse’s splendid statue of Lucia is no exception. Lucia’s right hand holds a plate, offering her eyes to God.

The name Lucia comes from the wordluce– light. She is theprotector of eyesight, the patron saint of Syracuse, of ophthalmologists and electricians, and of the blind.

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The heavy statue of Santa Lucia come out from the church.

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The crowd at the Festival of Santa Lucia has grown taking up the entire piazza.

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The statue is on its way.

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Santa Lucia is celebrated all over town.

At The Markets

Fresh and local. Siracusa Market

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The markets in Plaermo, and Catania are amazing. Siracusa is right in the center of Ortygia. Produce, Meat, Fish, Clothing, Jewlery, you name it, it is for sale.

Capella Palitina, Palermo Sicily

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Capella Palatina, an amazing pace to visit.

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Our guide Mariana took time to take a group photo of the 46 people from Connecticut and other places that joined this excursion to visit Sicily.

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This is the group. Click to enlarge the photo.

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The Cappella Palatina , the Palitine Chapel.

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Details of the mosaics on the ceiling of the Capella Palatina.

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Capella Palatina, architectural details, click to enlarge

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More details of the Capella Palatina.

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Close up of the art and mosaics.

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Additional Mosaics

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Architectural Details. Open to the sky.

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The arches and porticos.

Hairpin Turns From From Ericie

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You do not want to do this when the fog rolls in, or at nigh. But this is a beautiful ride. This time we are in a big tour bus. The first time we drove ourselves, and it reminded me of the Amalfi coast, but a little safer.

Lets Make RIcotta

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Outside the town of Tusa, Sicily is a small farm that produces Ricotta Chese

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Ricotta comes out of the heated tank, and is placed warm in the containers.

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It is ready to be cooled and capped.

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The main vat is visible in the back.

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They also make Provolone.

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If you can;t eat it you can wear it.

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Tasting time. It was good, Ricotta and Provolone, delicioso.

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This is a working farm, worth the visit if you are in the area.

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We say goodbye to Tusa, and on to Cefalu.

Greg Speck 2016