Having managed some sleep on the chaotic overnight ferry trip from Cagliari (Sardinia) to Palermo (Sicily), arriving at 5am, there was plenty of time to cross the Island to Syracuse.
While the heat wave conditions in Europe had eased, it was still summer, and at Syracuse, the Mediterranean called.
Ortigia is an ancient walled city on a little Islet in Syracuse. Its history dates back to 700bc. Its been Phonecean, Greek ,Roman,,, and now Italian.
Mount Etna looms over the east coast of Sicily, huffing and puffing steam and smoke.
The European and African push together in Sicily, and it’s at Etna that the steam of that collision is let off.
The road around Mount Etna is a fantastic ride up the mountain to the high village where there is a gondola and unimog bus to the volcano craters.
The steam coming from the Etna was impressive. Especially given that there had only recently had an eruption.
Sicily is close to northern Africa and is a frontline destination for people escaping was and issues of changing climate in Africa.
In Syracuse, a humanitarian rescue ship is replenishing.
At the harbour at Messina, there is a memorial to those who have died fleeing war and hunger.
Then, it was another ferry to Calabria on the Italian mainland.