I was inspired to go to Syracuse in southern Sicily because a photo of it kept popping up on my Vizio screensaver. In order to get there, we rented a car, specifically a Fiat Panda for 60 euros a day. If there are two skills I wish I had it would be the ability to ride a bicycle and drive a manual. It was an adventure in Mendoza, Argentina and Bagan, Myanmar cycling. My experiences driving a manual have also been harrowing. Luckily for me, Ms. TPOL is an adept driver. She guided us from Catania to Syracuse with no trouble.
The main attraction in Syracuse is the island of Ortigia. If you are not a local, you are not allowed to park on the island. We parked at the garage and walked across the bridge. The first stop was lunch at “a Putia.” I highly recommend Sicily’s famous pasta alla norma along with a sandwich, antipasti, and bottle of vino bianco.
After that light lunch, we walked to the water to take photos of the fortress and explore the island. There are many photo opportunities and places to drink espresso. My happiness was interrupted when I saw someone on my yacht.
The Vizio Wallpaper
After running out of photo poses, it was time to eat again. Pasta for lunch meant pizza for dinner. Right off the main square was Kaos. The pizza in Italy does not come in neatly cut pizzas. Instead, you’re supposed to take a knife and fork to it. Seems like no one from NY taught the Italians the trick of folding. With only a few incisions, I was able to transform the pie into two normal sized NY slices.
Tired, it was time for more Gelato and one more espresso before hitting the road in my Panda.