Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Palermo, Catania, Siracusa

On the previous day, I took the night train from Rome, in the morning I wake up overlooking the sea.

In Excelsior class, an espresso is included for breakfast
Also some hard bread and Nutella. The grapes were bought separately in a supermarket the day before
"May you live in interesting times" - indeed
If sitting on the right side, the view is at the seaside. The railway Messina-Palermo is following the coastline.

Water and masks are also included in the train ticket
Sleeper compartment
Couchette compartment

The train has arrived at Palermo. Here is a combined Deluxe/Excelsior WLABm coach

Comfort (Couchette) Bc61 coach

FS Class E.464

New ETR104, Alstom Coradia Stream EMU
Piazza Giulio Cesare
Palermo Centrale
Piazza Rivoluzione

Chiesa di San Domenico

Fontana Pretoria

Via Maqueda

Trying some local beer
And fresh sea food

Palermo had a tram network between 1887 and 1947

The new tram line had re-opened in 2015
Bombardier Flexity Outlook

Back at the station

I will now travel to the south side of Sicily, and I'm taking this Alstom Minuetto train to Catania

Palermo-Catania railway is the longest one in Sicily, it is 241km 
The trip takes 3 hours

Mount Etna can be seen from the window

Arriving at Catania

Catania is the second-largest city in Sicily, after Palermo, and among the ten largest cities in Italy. Located on Sicily’s east coast, it faces the Ionian Sea. (Wikipedia)
ALn668 and ETR104

Piazza università
Via Etnea

Piazza Duomo

Cattedrale di Sant'Agata

Now it is time to go to Siracusa
Port of Catania

Intercity train to Siracusa
Catania Metro trains

FS Class D.345

FS Class E.652

Port of Augusta

Arriving at Siracusa
Siracusa is a terminal station
Later this evening I will be taking a night train from here, there are two night trains, the first one is departing already at 19:10

Syracuse is a historic city on the island of Sicily, the capital of the Italian province of Syracuse. The city is notable for its rich Greek and Roman history, culture, amphitheaters, architecture, and as the birthplace of the preeminent mathematician and engineer Archimedes. This 2,700-year-old city played a key role in ancient times when it was one of the major powers of the Mediterranean world. Syracuse is located in the southeast corner of the island of Sicily, next to the Gulf of Syracuse beside the Ionian Sea. (Wikipedia)

Temple of Apollo
Fontana di Diana

Cathedral of Syracuse

Dinner at one of the local restaurants

Time to leave Siracusa and Sicily with night train departing at 21:45
This time it will be a couchette car, which was at the time of the travel only possible to book for single or double use as "Cuccetta Comfort Doppia - Uso esclusivo"
It is of course less comfortable than a sleeper car, but also much cheaper.
4 beds in each compartment

FS Class E.656 from the 70's

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