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
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.
March 17, 2021
The Museum illustrates the artistic, cartographic and literary testimonies of the Grand Tour: the cultural, intellectual and formative journey that the young heirs of the European aristocracies embarked on, setting off from all corners of Europe and travelling to Sicily, which became the archetypal ‘Island of the Journey".
March 13, 2021
Noto Antica is an invisible city today whose ruins are smothered by the thick Hyblean vegetation on Monte Alveria, not far from Noto. Its disappearance is linked to the terrible earthquake that transformed south-eastern Sicily in 1693.
February 28, 2021
Create with your mind, hands and heart; this is the philosophy of Eugenio Vazzano from Melilli, artist, stylist, designer and above all, someone passionate about the perfumes and colours of his homeland.
February 28, 2021
The Baroque architecture of the Val di Noto "in the movements, the swaying and trembling like the sea, the vibrating like sails in the wind, seems to be the very representation of the earthquake: destruction turned into construction, fear into bravery, darkness into light".
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