Archeology in the Province of SiracusaFebruary 5, 2021
SIRACUSAFebruary 6, 2021
The Cities of the Province
Too frequently in Sicily individual palaces or churches which are masterpieces of the Baroque style now stand shiftily and awkwardly alongside modern office blocks, supermarkets, stalls… The glorious exception to this rule is the Val di Noto, the province in the south-east of the island dominated by the Iblaean Hills, where whole towns and villages were constructed, or reconstructed, in their entirety in Baroque styles. The main towns are Avola, Nolo, Palazzolo Acreide… This Baroque ‘island’, whatever internal variations there are, was created after a natural disaster and is the product of one culture, one spirit, one set of circumstances, and one historical age. So the planning has a harmony, unity, coherence, uniqueness and beauty not found anywhere else in Sicily, or indeed anywhere.
In the Baroque Age, the Val di Noto as a whole saw a unique explosion of artistic, architectural inventiveness based on a humanistic vision of life. There are many other villages and towns in the Iblaean hills worth visiting and savouring, making this province probably the largest art gallery in the world. And a wonderful place for living and reflecting on living.
Joseph Farrell, from A Cultural History of Sicily, 2014
February 14, 2022
C’era una volta un uomo leggero e sottile come uno stelo, un arbusto, un uccello, e per l’appunto Antonino Uccello si chiamava, come a dire c’era un (in nomine) omen, e sapeva volare per davvero. Volava il suo pensiero, volava la sua scrittura, volava la sua casa attorno a lui.
January 28, 2022
Palazzo Cappellani in Palazzolo Acreide hosts primarily the collection of archeological material that was found during the archeological digs headed by Barone Gabriele Judica during the first decades of the 19th century on the area of Akrai.
January 28, 2022
Noto nel 1693 è descritta "tutta rovinata senza rimanenti pietra sopra pietra" ma proprio da quel terribile sisma del 9 e 11 gennaio, esattamente 329 anni fa, è sbocciata la nuova città di Noto come "una rosa d’inverno", un capolavoro d’architettura barocca.
April 17, 2021
For new forms of sociality, the small and medium-sized cities of inland areas and, more generally, their territories, provide a place, as has been experienced for centuries, in which to combine human and remote relationships. If there is something that the quarantine has made evident, it is that many jobs - especially intellectual ones - can be carried out remotely.
March 25, 2021
Marzamemi is famous as one of the most instagrammable places in Italy, which goes to show how its charm still attracts people today, just as it has always done.
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