I had a look on line to find a lets get out of here and found a comment on Trip-adviser regarding a narrow gauge railway running around Mount Etna at 2200ft … Ok he said .. We like railways so off we toddled after downloading the timetable .. Up and up and up yet again to a village called Radazzo to find the train didn’t run on a Sunday .. Never mind .. Strolled into town lot of ancientness and back for a supper of Chinese chicken fried rice .. All made from scratch .. And very yummy .. A goods nights sleep outside the station to await tomorrow and our train ride
Up early but all is still quiet .. Mmmm .. Train due at 8-15am .. 8-15 came and went … Holiday Sir ..no trains today ..grrrr wasn’t the words used .. Never mind .. We will drive around Etna .. Cloudy ..a spot of rain .. But she did us proud as shortly after leaving out of the mist and cloud she came with a few puffs of smoke and ash all over Hettys windscreen …
Walzed off down to a village called Bronte once owned my our very own Lord Nelson given to him for some heroic deed or other .. Bet you didn’t know that!!!
Where next … Siracusa said I .. Sounds nice but didn’t know anything about its history .. Sea port ..
Its wonderful .. After a good drive on modern roads under very long tunnels .. One was 2800 m ..now that’s long for a person who hates enclosed spaces …me…we arrived in good spirits parked without to much screaming and shouting on the quay side and walked around on the sea wall before heading into the allies to find Duomo Sq and The Duomo itself ..
So breath taking we paid to go inside . And weren’t disappointed .. Enchanting .. Ancient .. Haven’t enough superlative to tell you how lovely it is .. I could have spent days in Siracusa but as our parking was for two hours out of the old city we came to this quiet little harbour 10 miles away .