First five days on the eastern side of the island ndash Catania, Taormina, Siracusa, Piazza Armerina
Pope Francis waves as he as he arrives at Piazza Armerina
, Italy, yesterday.
Prior to arriving in Palermo, Francis stopped in Piazza Armerina
, a small poor town in central Sicily.
Less macabre activities include the cathedral at San Giorgio dei Genovesi, where Sicily's kings and queens are buried; a drive to Piazza Armerina
, a town with a spectacular hilltop view; and a day at Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe.
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Apart from Antonello da Messina, a native of Sicily, and Caravaggio, who spent only nine months there, Sicilian art lacks famous names of the kind found in concentration in art centres such as Tuscany or Rome, but its culture encompasses monuments of world stature, such as the Greek temple complexes at Agrigento and Selinunte, the mosaic decorations of the Roman villa at Piazza Armerina
, the romanesque mosaics at Monreale cathedral, and the planned baroque town of Noto.
Bishop Pennisi, from Piazza Armerina
, Sicily, said: "I've always believed there's no compatibility between Mafia and Christian values."
Police in the Sicilian town of Piazza Armerina
were called to a hospital to investigate a "hunting accident" and came to the quick conclusion that the tale had nothing to do with hunting.
1940s Although a mural in Sicily's Piazza Armerina
dating to 200 AD, shows about a dozen women wearing two-piece suits with strapless bra tops and hip-hugging bottoms, the modern-day version of the bikini is only now introduced in Paris.
It was tempting to spend the whole time lazing on the beach but we took a break to drive to the Roman villa at Casale near Piazza Armerina
. Its finely preserved mosaics include the Bikini Girls, 10 muscular maidens dressed for all the world like modern sun worshippers.