From our medieval perch of Montalbano Elicona, we took the slowly meandering road down to Tindari to get a closer look at the Tyrrenhian Sea and explore the anicent site. Down here the weather was much milder and the vegetation more abundant. Of course the first thing that strikes you is the view, always the view!
View of the nature reserve just below Tindari
Then the peaceful walk out of the hubbub around the church in Tindari that is home to the famous Madonna Nera. A row of modern houses line the narrow street that leads to the archaeological site. The people who live there are really residents of the ancient city--the site is their backyard and across the street are rows of rectangular stone blocks that once formed the city's exterior walls.
Once inside the site, we discovered the serene world of ancient Tindari. With few visitors, we had the architectural remains, mosaic floors, thermal baths, fields of clovers, a small museum, an informative and friendly guard, and even a family of playful dogs all to ourselves. We loved it!