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…
Exquisite Architecture In Sicily
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/
52 Reasons to Love Sicily | #43. Historic Opulent Villas
Goethe visited Villa Palagonia in 1787 and noted that it was remarkably unique, commenting that the statues were a menagerie of egos. Indeed, each statue seems to hold its own story or perhaps represents a caricature of someone you may know. You’ll have to visit to see for yourself.
52 Reasons to Love Sicily | #32. Strolls Through Graceful Piazzas
Do an image search on Grammichele to see what this historic center looks like from a bird’s-eye view. It’s pretty neat!
Baroque Balcony In Palazzolo Acreide, Sicily
Balcony and front door in the UNESCO recognized town of Palazzolo Acreide
Commemorating The Tremendous 1693 Earthquake In Sicily
After a magnitude (hypothetical) 6.2 foreshock on January 9, 1693, at 9PM on January 11, 1693 the earth shook in southeastern Sicily like it hasn’t since. Etna was erupting, and a tsunami struck the Ionian coasts of eastern Sicily and the Strait of Messina. We don’t know the exact scope of the earthquake’s power according…
The Faces Of Power In Ragusa
The faces decorating Ragusa’s Palazzo Bertini send a message. The palace, built in the late 18th century in the style of the Late Sicilian Baroque, sits on the road marking the dividing line between the old, aristocratic Ragusa Ibla and the new, up-and-coming city of Ragusa–in other words, the line between old money and new….
Sicily’s History Offers Us Knowledge For Today
Sicily’s history offers us many lessons. Since the 13th century Modica (pictured) has been a prosperous and important city. For centuries it was the seat of its own county that enjoyed political independence and economic and cultural influence. The resource-rich surrounding landscape with agriculture as its economic engine has made Modica and Ragusa province wealthy…
Modica, Sicily And Saint Peter And Saint Paul
Today is the feast day of the Saint Peter and Saint Paul. Peter, of course, is the protector of Rome (and popes too). But importantly (For my family especially, since my father is named Peter and I come from a long line of fishermen), he is the patron saint of net-makers, shipbuilders, and fishermen, and…