Thursday, March 24, 2011

Aci Castello

Took a little day trip to the town of Aci Castello last weekend. There are a string of "Aci" (pronounced Ach-ee) towns just north of Catania along the Ionian Coast and this one is known for its castello.(castle) When we set out I was envisioning a seaside picnic with the kids running around in the sand so we were surprised and bit bummed when we discovered that the "beach" was made from large volcanic rocks (oh, and it was drizzling with rain by the time we got there, too.) Anyway, we managed to sort of enjoy a picnic by the sea and since we were quite cold after eating in the rain we had a perfect excuse to stop by a little cafe for some delightful hot chocolate (NOTE: this is not just any hot chocolate - it's pretty much a cross between melted candy bars and warm pudding in your cup...YUM!!) By the time we were finished with our chocolate indulgence it had cleared up a bit and we were able to go to the castle to climb around and explore some.

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