Up On The Hill In Scicli

The ancient church of Saint Matthew (San Matteo) is perched on a high hill overlooking the entire town of Scicli. Now abondoned, the shell of the building was constructed in the 18th century following the devastating 1693 earthquake on top of the ruins of a Norman church and probably (I’ll venture to guess) other sacred…

The Palm Tree Represents Unification In Palermo

Artists from multiple cultural origins contributed to these mosaic designs that exist in the Cappella Palatina, the private chapel commissioned by Sicilian King Roger II (1095-1154) and completed by his heir, King William I (1120-1166). The palm tree, the central icon of this photo, has significance to many peoples, many of whom came together to…

People Watch In Sicily

People watch, find a sanctuary, and take a stroll in the Giardino Ibleo, Ragusa Ibla’s picturesque public garden. Walk to the other end from the garden’s entrance for magnificent panoramas of the Hyblean countryside. It’s one of many beautiful public gardens in Sicily and my favorite. Other major ones are the Villa Comunale in Taormina,…