Parking in the town was a challenge if you are trying to shop or visit the lower sections of the town. The roads were crowded with shoppers going about their business. We kept heading upwards towards the cathedral and castle, which sit higher than the rest of the town. Along the uphill road as we approached the cathedral there were a few open parking places and we grabbed one while we had the chance. After continuing the climb to the top of the hill, we found quite a few empty parking places in front of the cathedral! I imagine that during services and special events this lot fills up; and we didn’t mind the walk from our parking spot.
Parking was hourly parking. We paid for a couple hours at the machine and put the ticket in the front window of our car, noting the time we had to return by. The price came to just a couple euros, not very expensive at all.
We have all had bad days traveling but this is up there for me. We had just had a great morning looking at the mosaics and were discussing how could it be possible in this terrain that a mudslide could happen and cause the protection of the mosaics for all these years. Then it happened, I don’t know if you can tell from the photo but it’s raining. It’s raining hard and I lived in New Guinea for six years I know hard rain. The buses in October don’t run as often as they do in high season. We were heading to Agrigento and had purchased tickets and were waiting for our bus in the shelter of a café on the condition we consume. The only way to see if it was your bus was to run out and try to read the sign on the front of the bus in the rain. After two hours our bus came but it was raining so hard the driver decided not to stop. Eventually we caught a bus after six hours in the café drinking and I was soaked to the bone from checking buses. By the time I found a hotel in Agrigento I did not care about price.
My tip is; if you plan to visit Piazza Armerina, and you should, do just that ....plan! plan your way in and your way out.
Ps the bus from Catina took 1hr 40min and it is worth the effort to see the mosaics of the Villa Romana