Left Calabria at 08:30 and took A3 south to Villa San Giovanni where we boarded the ferry across the Straits of Messina to Messina itself with a bunch of calm Fiat drivers and some nervous Audi drivers. Twenty minutes saw us through town and on to the A19 to Casteldaccia and our apartment by 2:30PM. Owned by an ex-pat couple who now reside in Vancouver, the place is on a side street, with its own enclosed courtyard, palm trees and all. Finally equipped with washer/drier, dishwasher and a large covered terrace complete with BBQ, we settled in. Being Sunday, everything was closed, of course, but a short scout unearthed some Gelatto for Reg’s sore throat and some milk for our morning coffee.
Sipping some relatively expensive Italian red (4.90E for two litres), Paul loafed on the terrace to blog and Reggie had a well deserved nap. Etna slumbers in the distance.
Messina from across the Strait
The ferry from San Giovanni to Messina
View from our terrace in Casteldaccia
The terrace, a perfect place for an afternoon glass of wine.