Pergusa to Palermo

It was a big day today as we headed to Palermo. First we had a lovely breakfast at Villa Pastorelli.

Breakfast at Villa Pastorelli

Our first stop of the day was at Villa Romana Del Casale. It is a large Roman Villa with extensive mosaics dating from the early 4th century AD.

An elephant being loaded on to a ship
Women athletes Competing
Fisherman

According to Wikipedia the mosaics are so well preserved because the site was covered by a flood and landslide in the twelfth century. The Villa is enormous. It covers 3500 square meters.

From Casale we drove to the capital of Sicily, Palermo. Palermo is the fourth biggest city in Italy. Driving to our hotel in the middle of Palermo was a challenge but we made it!

After a brief rest we walked to the opera house across from our hotel and took a tour. The opera house is the third biggest in the world after Paris and Vienna. Parts of Godfather III were filmed there.

The Palermo Opera House
Inside the Palermo Opera house

Next we stopped for a mid afternoon snack.

A snack

After our rest we walked to the Palermo Cathedral.

Palermo Cathedral

We had a great dinner just around the corner from our hotel.

Duke’s fish
My pesto pasta with pistachios and shrimp