Day 6 in Sicily / Greek Theatre & Roman Amphitheater in Syracuse

 

シチリア6日目のランチは、午前中に市場で買ったトマトとバジルでブルスケッタを作り、やはり市場で買ったチーズとサラミとで軽く。ちなみにパンもオーナーさんが用意しておいてくださったもの。ヴィラのパティオでいただきました。30度を超える暑い日でもヴィラの中は寒いくらいでしたし、パティオも影は快適でした。

On the 6th day in Sicily, we bought some tomatoes, basil, cheese and salami during our visit to the market and had them for lunch  on the patio of our villa.  I made some bruschetta using the bread the owners of the villa had left for us.  A very simple lunch but we really enjoyed it.

Even when the temperature outside went above 30C, inside of the villa felt very cool, often even a little cold.  As long as we were in the shade the patio was also very comfortable.

 

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We visited the Archeological Park of Neopolis in Syracuse with a professional guide from 4.30pm, when we thought it’d be cooler.  I wish I could upload larger photos because these smaller ones don’t seem to show the impact of the places we saw.

この日は少し涼しくなる4時半に個人ガイドの方にシラクーサのネアポリ考古学公園(ギリシャ劇場、ローマ円形競技場、採石場)を案内していただきました。写真をもっと大きく載せられるともう少し迫力のある様子が伝わると思うのですが、、、、

 

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石切場。上の写真のオレンジやレモンの木が植えられたのは比較的最近のことだそうです。
The Latomia del Paradiso, an ancient limestone quarry now planted with a jungle of orange and lemon trees.
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昔海だった部分には、貝殻がみられます。
In the limestone you can see some fossilised shells which used to be in the sea.
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2500年ほど前に作られたギリシャ劇場。昔はもっともっと海が近かったので、海をまじかに眺めながらお芝居を鑑賞をしたそうです。今も5月、6月にお芝居が催されるので、わたしたちが見学していたときは席を作っているところでした。

 

それにしてもかんかん照りで暑くて、ガイドさんは慣れておられて感じられないのか、影に入って説明をしていただければずいぶん楽なのに直射日光ガンガンのところでとまってお話しされるので、日傘をさしていてもすごく暑くかったです。

 

The Greeks built their theatre here about 2,500 years ago.  The sea was of course much closer those days so the audience used to see the plays with the sea right beyond the theatre – it must’ve been beautiful.  Even now, they have plays in May and June so they were preparing the safer seats for the season.

 

Even though it was 5.00pm and was slightly cooler than the middle of the day, the sun was still very strong and it was very hot if you get the sun shining directly on you.  I wished the guide would give us his explanations whilst standing in the shade but he would keep stopping where there was no shade and explain something at length….  I guess he is used to the heat.  I was suffering even with my parasol protecting me.

 

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こちらは、ローマ競技場。奴隷同士、または野獣と奴隷を戦わせていたところ。そんなものを面白がれる気持ちは到底わかりません。

The Roman amphitheater, where bloody gladiator fights were held….  I can never understand how anyone can get pleasure from that.

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いろいろお聞きしながら見て回って、1時間半くらいでしょうか。今の時期は、ちょうど6時がクローズの時間です。昼間は暑いので、朝早く行くか4時過ぎてからがオススメです。朝は学校の遠足で来ている人たちも多くてかなりうるさかったりするので、夕方の方が良いとガイドさんはおっしゃっていました。わたしたちが行ったときにも1組学校から来ている子供達がいて、石切場の音が響くところでみんなで大声をあげているのでかなりうるさかったです。子供達がなかなか出るのを待って入りました。昼間はたくさんそういうグループがいたので大変だったとガイドさんがおっしゃっていました。

 

It took about an hour and a half look around both theatres, and we finished just before closing time.  It’s very hot during the day so I recommend you to visit there early in the morning or after 4.00pm during the summer.  The guide told us that there were many groups of children from school during the day  – and they were extremely noisy that day – and visiting the place later in the day is a better idea for this reason.  There was one group of very loud children when we were there, too, so we waited outside the cave until they came out.

 

何十年もガイドをされているというベテランの方で、日本人のグループも担当されるそうです。日本の人たちは時間がないのですごく短時間に終わらせなくてはならず、写真を撮ったら次、という感じだとおっしゃっていました。やっぱりね(笑)。わたしたちも結構忙しいスケジュールだった印象ですが、比べ物にならないスケジュールですもんね。

 

The guide has been doing the job for 20 years or longer and has a lot of knowledge.  Apparently he’s taken Japanese groups, too.  He told us that Japanese are on very busy schedule so they can spend only a very short time here.  Yes, I know, they are always on a tight schedule on their trips and rushing from one place to another taking many photos. They can take only short holidays so have so much to do!

 

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