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Italy 2015





              oct 31. Amsterdam - Catania
              nov 01. Catania
              nov 02. Catania - Villa Romana Casale - Fiumefreddo di Sicilia
              nov 03. Fiumefreddo di Sicilia - Matera
              nov 04. Matera
              nov 05. Matera - Alberobello - Matera
              nov 06. Matera - Paestum - Pompeii
              nov 07. Pompeii
              nov 08. Pompeii - Napels - Amsterdam




nov 01. Catania



Bellini room of our B&B in Catania





We have to survive a rainy day which started sunny



Decide to stay in Catania today and skip the day trip to Siracusa & Ortigia



Teatro Bellini







Fontana dell'Elefante, symbol of Catania



Cattedrale di Sant'Agata



Minne di Sant'Agata



Near the San Nicolo



Dinner opposite the station



Nov 02. Day trip to Villa Romana del Casale
built in the first quarter of the 4th century
located about 3 km outside the town of Piazza Armerina, central Sicily.



It contains the richest, largest and most complex collection of Roman mosaics in the world













Cupid and Psyche





"Chamber of the Ten Maidens". Informally called "the bikini girls",
the maidens appear in a mosaic artwork which scholars named Coronation
of the Winner. The young women perform sports including weight-lifting,
discus throwing, running and ball-games. A woman in a toga is depicted
with a crown in her hand; one of the maidens holds a palm frond.



We stay 1 night with Patrizia, just North of Catania



She is so generous!



Nov 03. What a view! The Etna with fresh snow.







Toast with Sicilian Caciocavallo cheese



Ferry to the main land



Messina



San Giovanni in the background





Before dark we arrive in Matera
Our rental car: CitroŽn DS3 1.6HD



Wonderful apartment in Matera for the next 3 nights







Nov 04.



We discovered Masha and The Bear at TV-channel Rai YoYo
(Originated in Russia)



Matera seen from the Belvedere of Sassi







Caves opposite the gorge, several containing churches



Madonna delle tre porte



SantīAgnese





We met two professional photographers





A very pleasant walk through the old city of Matera



Chiesa San Pietro Caveoso



Film location of The Passion of the Christ (2004)
and Il vangelo secondo Matteo (1964)











Central Piazza Vittorio Veneto







Dinner by Wei the cook



Nov 05. Day trip to Alberobello to see the Trulli houses





Alberobello



Sant'Antonio















Nov 06. Paestum

Temple of Athena
Paestum / Poseidonia was founded around 600 BC



Everywhere these little friends



Temple of Neptune







Temple of Hera





Between Paestum and Salerno





Our apartment in Pompeii



Santuario della Beata Vergine del Rosario





Nov 07. Pompeii





Pompeii and Vesuvius



On August 24th 79 AD Pompeii was wiped out by an eruption
We have visited 25 sites



Amfiteatro







Casa thermopolium di Vetuzio Placido





Teatro Grande









Foro / Forum





Casa del Poeta Tragico



Villa dei Misteri
In the far North of Pompeii, with some very well preserved murals









Arco di Caligola (Caligula)







Lupanare / brothel









Exit at Porta Marina





Ru Yi, Via Nolana 5, near our apartment





Nov 08. Napels - Amsterdam


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