|It is artichoke season! A particular favorite is a fried version found in a restaurant |
in the Jewish Quarter near Trastevere in Rome.
|Light and marble mosaic floors in one of many of the Duomos we visited.|
|The ruins of the Roman Theatre in Catania. Built in late antiquity, around 300 B.C. |
the theatre was rebuilt on an older Greek theatre from the 500 B.C.
Today it lives in the midst of an urban neighborhood.
|Entrance gate to the Estruscan town of Volterra. The Estruscans here date back to 700 B.C.E.|
It's tough to wrap your head around that timeframe.
|Travelling through the towns becomes a study in Duomos.|
Most have them and they are all devotional masterpieces. This is the Cathedral in Lucca.
|Not all Italian expressions are large.|
|Whether a fan of classical sculpture or not, it is breathtaking to see the|
sensitive works at the Museo Nationale delle Bargello in Florence.
|North of Mt Etna, near the hilltown of San Domenica della Vittorio.|
We were on our way to visit Wayne's family's roots.
|Carciofi (artichokes) according to Wayne.|
|The chef at work in our Lucca kitchen.|
|The fish market in Siracusa with colorful characters who sing and yell to attract your|
attention to their stands. Here are fragments of a swordfish.
|The silver ribbon-like fish are called Spatola, which translates in English to 'spatula'.|
|Our backyard at the farmhouse Quartarella where we stayed while visiting Modica.|
|Ragusa, a hill town in the South. This is the day of 18,000 steps.... most of them climbing!|
|One of the many views in Ragusa.|
|An embellished garment for a Madonna statue that is used in religious processions.|
Just one example of the high level of craft as expression of devotion.
|An Etruscan coffin in the Archeological Museum in Volterra.|
The base contained the remains and the cover was a sculpture created in the image of the deceased.
There were hundreds of these caskets on display and all showed the individuals
in a reclined position - a symbol of their rich and happy lives.
|An Etruscan with attitude.|
|Our last night was spent in Catania, Sicily on Vecchio Stratta.|