At first, with there being an additional charge, we thought we might skip visiting the Gardens of Kolymbetra. This would have been a terrible mistake. The site is in fact separate from the Valley of the Temples, it being run by FAI (Italian Environment Fund), and yet it is absolutely integral to one's experience of the antiquities above. Actually they afford quite the most exquisite view of the Tempio di Vulcano. The gardens have been in existence, more or less, since 500 B.C. Whoever the lady with the wild hair at the entrance was, who speaks four languages, she was absolutely delightful and clearly in love with her job as gatekeeper to Paradiso.
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