View of Palermo’s Piazza Bellini from the roof of the Church of Santa Caterina d’Alessandria … La Martorana Church on the left, San Cataldo on the right, dome of Casa Professa or the Church of the Gesù, upper-right background.
Live from Sicily! Perspectives of Palermo… A magnificent day on my own seeing colleagues, family, friends, and sites. Tomorrow we begin our Stirring Sicily cooking and wine tour with Chef Nino Elia!
The dizzying rococo baroque decorations of the Church of Santa Caterina, built between 1580 and 1596 on Palermo’s Piazza Bellini, feature multicolored marble inlay. The altar, pictured, is lit by the sun through a window at midday.
This little alcove is an ornate, baroque version of where one goes for confession. Look closely. The priest is waiting for you behind the oval shaped, brass screen. Be careful what you say, because the jam-packed mix of marble, stucco, and fresco designs of this spot–Palermo’s Chiesa di Santa Caterina, built between 1566 and 1596…