Sicily #10

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Day ten was our last full day in Sicily, and although we'd originally planned to squeeze in one last beach day, we decided that it would be better to stay in Catania so that we could pick up any souvenirs we wanted to take back and do some packing. We were also super tired when we woke up, so we were glad we'd decided to give the 8:30 bus to Syracuse a miss.

We woke up around half eight and decided to treat ourselves to breakfast out, so we went around the corner of the hostel, towards where we had been the night before, and went to a little breakfast bar, where we had croissants and espresso, and the boy had one last chocolate gelato (which I may have stolen a few spoonfuls of).

We then decided to do a little bit of souvenir shopping, which was perhaps the most tourist-y thing we did throughout the whole trip, so we went to a couple of the shops in Piazza del Duomo and brought back some lovely things like olive oil from Etna and some little traditional Sicilian ornaments. We then went back to the hostel to drop off what we'd bought, and we ended up going into the common room to relax for a while since we were both still really tired.

Before lunch, we went out for one last bowl of gelato, and when we got back to the hostel we decided to go back to 'Rocket from the Kitchen' for lunch. In Italy, lunch is the main meal of the day and is made up of several courses, so we thought that for our final lunch in Sicily, we would follow that tradition. We shared a starter of bread, cheese, honey and almonds, followed by a pasta dish each (alla norma for him and rocket pesto for me), followed by rocket meatballs for Nick and salad for me. By the third course we were both already stuffed, which led us to a couple of hours of vegging out and nursing a pair of food babies. I passed the time by looking at cars, since seeing so many cute little Fiats over the last ten days had well and truly given me the car bug.

A couple of hours later we went out in search of a supermarket to get some water for the room, and we ended up coming back with some edible souvenirs, too, such as dark chocolate covered almonds, dark chocolate biscuits, and Italian coffee. Since we were back at the hostel we decided we might as well pack to save worrying about it later, so we put on some upbeat music (mostly Of Monsters and Men) and packed everything back into our suitcases, relatively neatly.

For our last evening meal, we decided to go somewhere nice, get some wine and enjoy the evening. We'd seen a little place a couple of days ago just across the square from the hostel, tucked away down a little street with tables outside with lights hanging above them. We decided to take a look at their menu which was actually quite vast, and at the back of the menu was a whole page of pizzas, so we decided to try it out.

Once we'd sat down we settled on a nice bottle of wine straight from Mount Etna, and we ordered a pizza each. Nick ordered a pizza with a mix of toppings which neither of us really knew what they were (which turned out to be mozzarella, olives, tuna, and a few others I can't remember), and I ordered a mozzarella, pesto and courgette pizza. The pizzas were huge but so lovely and we did our best to finish them, but this time we were beaten by the pizzas, although only by a crust or two.

Although it was around half past ten, we couldn't face going to bed just yet as we wanted to make the most of our last night in Sicily, so we went back out to Piazza del Duomo and had some after-dinner coffee in true Italian style, and sat for a while, people watching and talking. After that we went back to the hostel to get some rest before a day of travelling.

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