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Latin Teacher at The Hill School Atlanta Braves & US Soccer Fan

Palermo & Rome

Thursday morning we drove from Selinunte to Palermo, a city on the northwest coast and the largest in Sicily.  The city seems lively, but a bit dirty (especially the air at times).  After checking in at our hotel we found … Continue reading

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Selinunte, Marsala, Segesta

We visited the museum in Agrigento, then drove from Agrigento to Selinunte Tuesday morning (the drive was gorgeous, but it included an odd detour through a random town).  We stopped at a small bar for lunch, where they barely had … Continue reading

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Agrigento

We drove this morning from Syracuse to Agrigento (catching some amazing views of Mount Etna and the Sicilian countryside along the way, as well as grabbing lunch at an AutoGrill).  Our main stop for the day was the Valley of … Continue reading

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Syracuse (Ortigia)

We left beautiful Taormina Saturday morning and drove down the coast to Syracuse, first stopping at the Archaeological Museum, where we saw some pottery and sculpture and discussed the history of Syracuse—overall a rather dull museum.  We strolled through downtown … Continue reading

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Taormina

We flew from Florence to Catania on Alitalia (a more comfortable airline than US Airways), towards the end of which we could see Mount Etna out our windows!  We then took a bus along the coast to beautiful Taormina, where … Continue reading

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Bargello, Santa Croce, & Boboli Gardens

We had a late start to the day with a trip to the Bargello to see Michelangelo’s Bacchus, Donatello’s David, and Donatello’s St. George (no pictures).  We then headed over to the Basilica of Santa Croce, where we saw the … Continue reading

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Academy, Uffizi, Duomo

We started the day with a walk to the Accademia to view Michelangelo’s David (the real one; no pictures allowed)—very impressive, of course!  There were also some interesting “unfinished” statues.  We then visited the Opera Duomo and saw Donatello’s Mary … Continue reading

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