Tour of the Acis, Dinner and Tour of Catania
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October 7th, 2009 – by: puttyland
The day started out lazily, eating leftover pastries at the villa, drinking coffee, getting laundry done. Eric and Melissa were hanging out at the pool, Mom, Dad and Roberta went to Agrigento for the day. Liz, Mags and I were getting antsy, and hungry, and we convinced Eric and Mel to join us - we were just going to get in the car and find a local place to try. We first tried to drive to Aci Castello - one of the Aci towns on the water we hadn't seen yet - but couldn't find the damn town and everyone was getting hungry. We followed signs to a group of agriturismo restaurants (they are like B&Bs on working farms, but they also have restaurants for the general public), and we rang the bell on the one people said was good, but they said they were closed for lunch.
After driving for an HOUR AND A HALF, and we were heading back to Aci Sant'Antonio, we passed a small bar/cafe/gelateria, so we stopped there as a last resort. They had pastries, cookies, and a few pizza-looking things, so I asked if they had an arancini (the Sicilian risotto balls with cheese inside, and they're coated and fried, and delicious), and they did, so we bought a bunch of those plus some other savory pastries, including a mushroom one for Melissa, who doesn't eat meat.
So poor Melissa had to make do with a gelato for lunch. Eric and I split a granita, and we gave up and went back to the villa. I had been texting with cousin Lino so we could all meet him in Catania for dinner.
We left the house a bit late, and took both cars. It was my turn to drive again - at night in a city with Dad following me - ugh, I hate driving in the cities. I did fine until I had one really tight street to go down with parked cars on either side - I just knew I'd scrape both of them, and all the cars were already lining up behind, and I just couldn't bear to have them honking at me as I tried to negotiate it, so Mags and I did a Chinese Fire Drill, we pulled the side mirrors in, and she handily eased it through.
Lino texted back that it was now too late - Elvy had to go to school the next day, so we’d have to do it another day. I texted back ( texting was much easier than trying to understand on the phone - but at 50 cents a text, my bill is going to be exhorbitant) and told him that this was the only night we had left for Catania since we had a few other places to go and we were leaving in a few days, so he said he’d be right there.
He met us at the elephant statue after dinner, and really gave us the extended walking tour. Melissa and I were in heels and my feet were starting to kill me. Mel seemed fine - at least she wasn’t complaining - or limping, like I started to. Mom’s feet were killing her too - but Lino kept saying there was some amazing Baroque architecture around the next corner that we just had to see. He did show us more things than the first night I arrived, taking us not only to the Duomo, the Piazza dell'Università, the underground Greek Amphitheatre that's half underneath the Baroque church, but also to the Opera House and several other churches. And of course, we got gelato, like we pretty much do almost every day. I’m going to weigh a ton when I leave here.
Finally, we made arrangements with him to lead us to Gagliano.
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