Sicily, part V

I’m going to again make two posts of our fourth day, because one of the elements in that day deserves a separate chapter. But for now, a resort town of Taormina, then Acireale, a little village near Catania, and Catania itself, where we experienced citybus travel in Sicily, which wasn’t actually the worst. Lonely Planet warned us that driving in Catania is pure hell, and it was right—the traffic reminded me of India; since there were no parking spaces, people parked in all possible and impossible spots, and I’m sure driving to the city would have been utterly painful, considerably worse than taking the bus.

Taormina is the most famous resort in Sicily.

Taormina is the most famous resort in Sicily.

Only locals are allowed to drive to Taormina. Tourists must park underneath (yes, underneath, inside a mountain) the town, and either walk to the town or take a local bus.

Only locals are allowed to drive to Taormina. Tourists must park underneath (yes, underneath, inside a mountain) the town, and either walk to the town or take a local bus.

Ruins of an amphitheatre.

Ruins of an amphitheatre.

A view of Taormina.

A view of Taormina.

Central square in Taormina.

Central square in Taormina.

Acireale’s central square and cathedral (on right).

Acireale’s central square and cathedral (on right).

A church in Acireale.

A church in Acireale.

Ruins of an amphitheatre in Catania.

Ruins of an amphitheatre in Catania.

Catania’s baroque cathedral and a plastic car called Excalibur.

Catania’s baroque cathedral and a plastic car called Excalibur.

The evening. Frankly, every evening.

The evening. Frankly, every evening.

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