I can’t emphasis enough how significant the infamous earthquakes of 1693 were to eastern Sicily. First of all, it wasn’t just one day or one event. “The earthquake” was a series of tremors that started on January 9, 1693 with a hypothetical 6.2 magnitude (there was no Richter Scale at the time) followed by a…
Look up! A palazzo in the town of Palazzolo Acreide possesses the longest Baroque-style balcony in Sicily. This is a detail of the many faces along its support beams that are expressing various emotions and provoking looks. Palazzolo Acreide is one of the eight towns that make up the “Late Baroque Towns of the Val…
The ceiling of the Capella Palatina inside the Palazzo dei Normanni in Palermo is an extraordinary work of Arab Norman art. We were at this fascinating palace during our stay in Palermo earlier this week during our Spring in Sicily tour.
The stucco ceiling of the mother church of Erice was designed to recall the revered lace and tadding craftsmanship created for centuries by the women of the walled, mountain-top city.
Enna, Sicily’s Duomo Maria SS della Visitazione is an amalgamation of architectural styles drawn from many centuries.
Evening stroll through Piazza Duomo Siracusa (Ortigia) after the rain
The UNESCO recognized Late Sicilian Baroque of the Val di Noto is exquisitely illustrated by Modica’s Duomo di San Pietro. You’ll get up close to this in April during our Spring in Sicily tour! More at https://experiencesicily.com/easter-in-sicily-2022/
Ragusa Ibla captures one’s imagination. And for good reason. This beautiful baroque, yet ancient city on a hilltop, possess a mystical sense hard to explain. Over the past 20 years it has evolved into one of Sicily’s hot destinations, perhaps because it is one of the “sets” of Vigata, the fictional home of Inspector Montalbano….
The ancient Greek city of Selinunte was brought to its knees in 409 BCE by the Cartheginians. Although it was reestablished by the victors, it never reached the same beauty or prominence as it had during the Greek era, when this temple, Temple O, was constructed.
The Temple of Concordia at Valley of the Temples in Agrigento is magnificent under the full moon. Whenever possible, plan to see the temples at night (as well as during the day), at least from the roadway. Another place one can see the Valley lit up at night is from the front stairs of the…