The “Late Sicilian Baroque” town of Scicli was rebuilt into the hillsides after the devastating 1693 earthquake.
The Piazza Busacca in Scicli was named for one of the Baroque town’s benefactors, Pietro di Lorenzo Busacca, who lived in the 19th century.
As you travel between Modica, Scicli, and Ragusa in south eastern Sicily, take note of the wheat fields and the long, man-made stone walls.
Baroque face on balcony support, Scicli.
Throughout Sicily, building and viewing presepe, or the nativity scene, is a Christmas tradition. From table top diorama-sized statues, like this one pictured from Chiesa di San Bartolomeo in Scicli, to performances featuring actors and live animals that can be found in towns like Sutera, Gangi, and Termini Imerese, to name just a few, displaying…
Part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site “The Late Baroque Towns of Val di Noto,” the town of Scicli boasts breathtaking Baroque architecture from the 17th century.
Festa dell’Immacolata or the Feast of the Immaculate Conception is celebrated throughout Italy on December 8. The day recognizes that the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus, was conceived without original sin–something with which, in Catholic dogma, every person is considered to have been born. In Sicily, on December 7th and 8th, there are many…
Baroness’ dress, photographed in Scicli… I’m not sure from what era this dress is, but I am going to guess it’s from the 1700s (and that it’s a copy).
Balcony of Palazzo Porcelli-Battaglia-Veneziano-Sgarlata, Scicli (18th Century); From the Val di Noto, Sicily late Baroque Towns UNESCO World Heritage site.
On the way between Scicli and Modica you’ll find deep valleys flanked by steep stone cliffs. Among those cliffs, you’ll find caves carved into the rock. During times of bandits and foreign invasions, cave dwelling in southeastern Sicily was common, and as more modern construction techniques entered the scene, the cave became part of one’s…