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Sunday 30th October 2016

Catania in the morning

Some of the tours left while we got up. Apparently, it took them a whole hour to get to Syracusa! We left at about 09:50 & walked into town, dodging much of the traffic, by going round back streets & going in the Santa Agata church before the Cathedral.

Buildings on the back streets between the port road (Via Dusmet) & St. Agatha

Santa Agatha

The Cathedral

The Cathedral aisle

San Placido

Then, we carried on the Via Victor Emmanuele II & found, with a little difficulty, the Museo Belliniani, hiding behind scaffolding & corrugated iron. Only €2 each to get in. A good collection, including portraits I did not know plus a picture of him being exhumed in 1876! The crown jewels were original manuscripts. The two curators were surprised to see us & when they struggled to explain, Avis said I knew all about it & I said Professore di Musica.

St. Augustine

Liccu Hotel

Bellini Museum

Inside the Bellini Museum

Norma Act 2

Death mask

Exhumed in Paris

The Roman Theatre is next to the Bellini Museum, so we went round.

We went back to the main square for coffee, then I took Avis back to the Port Shuttle Bus.

Fontana dell' Ammenano

St. Agatha & Cathedral

Porta Uzeda

There was a market by the railway, which disfigures the front at Catania.

I went further into town, going up a steep, stepped road to the San Nicola, a very ugly church & better monastery.

Town Hall

Via Etnea

Basilica Collegiata

St. Nicola...

...looks better from the side

St. Nicola Monastery

St. Nicola Monastery & church

The previous St. Nicola

Porta Uzeda other side

Then, to the castle & back to the port. Altogether, I walked nearly 8 miles today. More photo work (& more to come). Joyce is unwell, so I bought a card & got people in the lounge to sign it (only 4 refused, the miserable sods), sealed it & gave it to the Rosario guitarist to take to Joyce. Another mediocre comedian in the evening.

Castle North side

Castle West side

No info on this arch on Via Zurria

Port 1 - Gibraltar

Port 2 - Valletta

Port 3 - Varna

Port 4 - Constanta

Port 5 - Odessa

Port 6 - Sochi

Port 7 - Istanbul

Port 8 - Dikili

Port 9 - Kusadasi

Port 10 - Athens

Port 12 - Almeria

Port 13 - Leixoes

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