lunchtime in Siracusa

becca-garber-siracusa-cheese Uncle Eric and Lena enjoy some figs. I love their matching expressions!

While my family was visiting Sicily, we spent most of our time enjoying quiet days in our villa.  At least one day, though, I wanted to get out and show them a little more of our lovely island home.  On Wednesday Elliott was at work and therefore we could all fit in one car, so we loaded up and drove to Siracusa.

Siracusa  — or really the old center, called Ortigia — is my favorite place to visit in Sicily because of the beautiful architecture, old ruins, quaint shops, and delicious food.  See other trips I’ve made to Ortigia here with friends and here with my sister-in-law Jess.

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Above, Lena enjoys the beautiful central piazza in Ortigia.  The piazza is blindingly white in the summer sun but was still beautiful this gray March day.  On the right my dad admires ruins while I attempt to comfort a fussy little Gil.  Playing tour guide and being a mom of two was impossible without a lot of help from all members of my family!


She looks so sweet and pensive (and tired… it was nap time) in the photo above.  Below, we attempted to get a family photo while we waited for our pizza lunch to arrive at my favorite trattoria.

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Sicily is known for its Grillo grapes, which make delicious white wine.  In the photos above and below Lena enjoys the music of a wonderful accordion player.   Usually when I visit Siracusa the accordion player in the piazza is a little boy… but this time maybe his grandfather was on duty to charm the tourists?  He certainly looked the part.


Come visit me… I’ll take you to Siracusa too!

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7 Responses to lunchtime in Siracusa

  1. Alica March 26, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

    This looks like a beautiful place! Italy is definitely on my bucket list! I’m glad you and your family could enjoy some sightseeing. I’m sure they enjoyed helping with your kiddos!

    • Becca March 26, 2013 at 9:26 pm #

      Yes, they certainly helped with the kids! My parents-in-law arrived last night and already they have taken such a weight off my workload. I guess I already forgot how wonderful it was to have family around… and I only had one week in between sets of parents visiting. Wish they could stay for months…!

  2. Emily March 27, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

    I don’t even know you and I’m about ready to come and visit, with all these beautiful pictures luring me there recently!

  3. Abi March 28, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

    Did you make Lena’s sweater? It’s gorgeous! As always, I love seeing the photos of you and your little ones. Miss you, friend.

    • Becca March 29, 2013 at 4:24 pm #

      I didn’t make it; her aunt Eden did! I love it and put it on her all the time. Miss you too, dear Abi.

  4. Autumn April 1, 2013 at 9:07 pm #

    I looooooove those pics of Uncle Eric and Lensickles!


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