Catania’s Persephone Fountain

This fountain, Fontana Ratto di Proserpina (The Rape of Persephone Fountain), exists in Catania at the Piazza Giovanni XXIII. It was sculpted in 1904 for Sicily’s second largest city by Giulio Moschetti (1847-1909). Moschetti is the same sculptor who created the Fountain of Diana in 1906 for Ortigia’s Piazza Archimede. With a nod to the…

The Joy of Sicily in 2018

Let’s experience Sicily together! 2018 just may be the year when you and Sicily align! I want to help you make that happen. We at Experience Sicily are currently preparing our 2018 small-group tour itineraries, and I hope that you are as excited about them as I am. Sicily brings me so much joy–the scenery,…

I Am Always Inspired 

When in Sicily, I am on top of the world! It’s been a very busy and inspiring few days: Intense and full! I apologize that my posts have been inconsistent… With me acting as driver, guide, tourist, and always explorer, looking for new and phenomenal experiences for our clients, I simply collapse as soon as…

Starlight, Star bright

The Star of Gibellina represents an entryway to the area of southwestern Sicily, the Valle del Belice, devastated by the 1968 earthquake. By contemporary artist Pietro Consagra, the brushed metal structure extends over the state road and is a sign of rebirth. We drove under this today, and then back again! The sculpture also marks…

A Glimpse of Oratorio Santa Cita

The Oratorio di SS. Rosario in Santa Cita was built in the 1600s. Oratories were meeting halls of confraternities or religious societies. In Palermo, there are a number of oratories that were built in the Baroque era. The Oratorio di SS. Rosario in Santa Cita was decorated with the magnificent stucco-work of Giacomo Serpotta (1656-1732)….

Beautiful Ancient Public Art

The draping robe around the “body” of this sculpture astounded me when I saw it. Its lines and detail are beautiful! From the Museo Archeologico Regionale “Paolo Orsi” in Siracusa, the outstanding nature of this piece exemplifies the splendor and political significance of Siracusa and its surroundings in the era of the 4th century BC….