Home Base: Villa Alemà, and Aci Sant'Antonio

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The old well, and the window to one of the patios. Both of those ceramic tchotchkes on the ledge fell and broke during the rain storm (the one that caused the mudlines in Messina).
Saturday (9/26/09)

My cousin Sevi went out with a friend, and her husband Ale (Alessandro) printed out directions from Mapquest, walked me through them in Italian (although I was too nervous about driving to try to understand), then he bundled up Anna into his car and bid me to follow him. He led me out of the city, as far as the tunnel, and then he waved me onto the autostrada as he turned off. I thought that was incredibly nice of him, because it was difficult to get through Catania if you don’t know your way. Even with the damn GPS.

Getting to the villa was not too difficult with the GPS though, even though I had to still keep pressing the button every couple of minutes to clear the battery error message, and no problem at all on the highway.
VIew of the villa from the pond and one of the olive trees. There were also lemon and pomegranate trees.
Dad was jet-lagged, so Mom gave me the tour - it’s a stunning place! Funky mix of antiques and modern furnishings, and some unique architecture and furniture placement: huge square-shaped boulders sticking out of the wall in certain places, a modern steel and glass stairway, very bright bedroom paint colors, and then ceiling beams and huge armoires. Very bizarre lamps - the one in my room is the Tim Burton lamp - looks like it came out of Nightmare Before Christmas. And in the living room there is a square-shaped hole covered by glass. We found a light switch for the hole, and there are a couple of ceramic pieces in there, but they don't look old. Nice big kitchen with a huge island, but nowhere to sit. Huge living room, but the couches are all pushed against the wall and 2 dining room tables dominate the room.
View of the pool with Mt. Etna behind.
But just the view of Mt. Etna is worth it. My folks had already done some grocery shopping, plus Mom brought a lot of stuff from home, so I made a prosciutto sandwich and we caught up before bed.

Sunday (9/27/09)

In the morning, Pop and I drove down to Catania Airport (20 mins) and picked up Liz & Mags, who were 2 days late, thanks to Alitalia. We added them as drivers to the rental car, and came back to the villa for Mom's pasta e fagioli, and we ate outside on one of the several terraces, then hung out by the gorgeous pool while the weather was still sunny. Since Dad’s been having trouble with stalling the car in busy intersections (a little nerve-wracking), I drove us (only slightly less nerve-wracking) to a waterside restaurant at Aci Sant’Antonio.
The huge kitchen. Only thing lacking: some place to sit and eat or watch the parents cook.
It was good food (pasta with swordfish and mussels, and grilled radicchio with fabulous olive oil), but a helluva drive, down switchbacks on a steep cliff with a vocal backseat driver (Mom).

Monday (9/28/09)

We all got up and, after taking more pictures of Mt. Etna (it changes constantly - how much it smokes, the cloud layer, etc.), we searched in vain for a supermarket. We came upon the weekly outdoor market in Aci Sant’Antonio so we immediately parked and checked it out, winding up with bags and bags of veggies, fruit, and cheeses. A lot of restaurants were closed Monday, so for dinner we wound up going to a bakery/pizza place and buying a bunch of strombolis/pizza slices/aranciata (a risotto ball with cheese and/or meat inside, coated with breadcrumb and fried) and pastries and cookies, and brought them back to the house to eat with lots of Sicilian wine. We all really like Nero D'Avola. It can be cheaper than water, so we buy the big bottles!
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Posted on: Oct 30, 2009
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The old well, and the window to on…
The old well, and the window to o…
VIew of the villa from the pond an…
VIew of the villa from the pond a…
View of the pool with Mt. Etna beh…
View of the pool with Mt. Etna be…
The huge kitchen.  Only thing lack…
The huge kitchen. Only thing lac…
The infinity pool.  Which was beau…
The infinity pool. Which was bea…
Outside the billiards room and kit…
Outside the billiards room and ki…
Other side of the kitchen and door…
Other side of the kitchen and doo…
The billiards room.  Gee, we never…
The billiards room. Gee, we neve…
When I picked up Mags and Liz from…
When I picked up Mags and Liz fro…
One of the many patios
One of the many patios
Another patio
Another patio
Some local fruit the owners left f…
Some local fruit the owners left …
The old well.
The old well.
Patty strolls the grounds...
Patty strolls the grounds...
Me, Mags, Dad, Liz & Mom having di…
Me, Mags, Dad, Liz & Mom having d…
At the market in Aci SantAntonio
At the market in Aci Sant'Antonio
Buying cheese at the market
Buying cheese at the market
We went to Acireale (5 minutes awa…
We went to Acireale (5 minutes aw…
A park in Acireale
A park in Acireale
Aci Sant'Antonio
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