The “Tormented” Spasimo

Located in the historic Kalsa district, the roof-less Chiesa di Santa Maria dello Spasimo, commonly known as “Lo Spasimo,” was once a church, tracing its inception to 1509. There is doubt however, that it was actually ever considered finished. Throughout its history, the building’s walls have served as a hospital and shelter to the poor….

The Blue and White

No, this isn’t snow! It’s a close-up of the white cliffs of southern Sicily’s Scala dei Turchi, or Stairs of the Turks. The cliffs are made of a hard-mud material that is a combination of calcium carbonate and lime mixed with other types of clay and silt, called marl or marlstone. A popular swimming spot,…