THE PROVINCEFebruary 6, 2021
The Hyblean agricultural landscapeFebruary 8, 2021
"… so we go to Siracusa, city 'fatale', city of destiny, as Greek as Greece, still marvellous despite the building eyesores. And who hasn't felt happy all of a sudden as they stroll round the old city of Ortigia, blooming with mullioned windows as slender as lily-stalks, and then with papyrus plants in the Fountain of Aretusa?
Nothing spectacular: a walk raised above the sea, a walk with the poets, and in the distance, the magical Fountain, so simple, a fountain with those strange fan-shapes of the papyrus, like green hair. Yet in Egypt where they came from, the papyrus is no more, it no longer grows, and here in a replacement habitat, they are beautiful, flourishing, a very symbol of the written word, a vehicle of history and poetry.
Then there is the theatre, so famous yet never disappointing, and Castello Eurialo, a country walk, between olive trees and cypresses, and in the distance the sea and unfortunately also industrial plants, which could have been put elsewhere so as not to disturb this pastoral serenity, this place of eclogues and idylls; here we might say that Theocritus walked; here if you listen very carefully, you can still hear the chattering of the Syracusan girls.
Here too, at Siracusa, Caravaggio disembarked as a fugitive from Malta, and left a masterpiece, the first of a series of Sicilian paintings which time ruined and that the Istituto Centrale di Restauro has now restored."
Cesare Brandi, da Sicilia mia, 1989
July 12, 2021
The Fountain of Aretusa, a place where myth, history and nature meet and mix, where in the shadow of the walls, maidenhair fern grows with its small leaves recalling the curls of the Greek girls who used to look out over its waters.
April 23, 2021
Traveller, pause for a moment. Take a break from all this rushing between outdoor coffee-shop tables and souvenir shops, and listen to what I have to say. Over 2700 years ago, I saw Greek ships arriving on a deserted Ortigia and colonists build a temple and a city on the highest point of the island. I saw their numbers grow and prosper, and transform Siracusa.
April 14, 2021
Walking through a place which has been reclaimed from neglect to become a motor for economic and social rebirth, manages to trigger sentiments of pride and confidence; the changes, even if radical and complex, are possible where there is courage and a vision for the medium term.
April 6, 2021
The Athenaion of Siracusa was converted into a church by walling up the spaces between the columns and cutting eight arches into the inner walls of the cella: This created a basilica plan with a central nave and two side-aisles with the entrance to the West.
March 29, 2021
“…There was a place near the Catacombs of San Giovanni, where poets, travellers and illustrious men of culture used to meet; Villa Landolina” wrote the poet Salvatore Chindemi in 1841. Today the archaeological museum is immersed in the gardens of the villa.
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