Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Siracusa and Ortigia

Siracusa, in the southeastern part of Sicily, is connected to Ortigia island by a causeway.  At one time the towns were connected, but after an earthquake, the earthen connection was destroyed.  Ortigia is beautiful, narrow streets, lots of pedestrian walkways, and surrounded by the sea.  The locals say that 20 to 30 years ago, Ortigia was the 'red light' district of Siracusa, but once again, entrepreneurs saw the potential in this small island, and developed it for tourists.

Prawns wrapped in fine pasta and fried

Not quite sure, but it was delicious; some kind of potato spiralized, stuffed with shrimp

Squid arancini
On our first night, we went to seafood restaurant for dinner.  Seafood is delicious here in Sicily and we are eating our weight in tuna, cod, calamari, octopus, and shrimp.
Seafood risotto

Prawn ravioli with creamy prawn sauce

Pasta with sardines

Ruins of the temple of Apollo

After a nice stroll around town, we headed back to our hotel to fall into bed.  The next day we had a cooking class.  Ciao for now.

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