We anchored near Taormina, Sicily and took tender boats to shore. The very black rocks from volcanic activity (Mt. Etna) were everywhere. We headed to Catania, Sicily’s second city.

In the main square of Catania, the Piazza del Duomo. Pictured is the Cathedral of Saint Agatha.

The tomb of Bellini is in this cathedral.

We had a 45 minute refreshment break  in the square—these two Italian sisters let us share their table. There was never a dull moment with this group.

This castle was built in 1076, entirely out of volcanic rock, by the Normans.

A final view of the castle before returning to the ship.

The sky clouded up on the way back to the ship. By the time we got to the tender dock, it was raining hard. There was no shelter at the dock so probably a thousand persons, once leaving the buses, got very wet waiting as long as an hour and a half for enough tenders to take everyone back to the boat.