Palazzina Cinese

The design of the Palazzina Cinese is an expression of an end-of-the-18th-century bent for everything Chinese. Designed by Giuseppe Patricolo, it possesses an odd combination of stylistic elements. After a lengthy renovation over the last decade, the “Chinese Pavillion” and its extensive, manicured gardens are open to the public.

Ancient Theater in Siracusa

The 2014 season of L’Istituto Nazionale del Dramma Antico (INDA) has begun in Siracusa. INDA has existed since 1914, and it presents ancient masterpieces of theater at Siracusa’s Teatro Antico–the same stage on which some of these works may have been premiered centuries ago! This photo is from the 2012 season when I saw The…