Ortigia Island, the historical center of Siracusa, Sicily. The temple of Apollo, dated to the beginning of the 6th century B.C., and street views from a night walk in the island.
Below a picture of the painting “The burial of Saint Lucy” by Caravaggio, located in the church of Santa Lucia alla Badia on the Piazza Duomo in Syracuse, Sicily.
Lucia of Syracuse, CE 283—304, was killed as a Christian martyr during the Diocletian persecution. According to legend, Saint Lucy had bestowed her wealth on the poor, in gratitude for the miraculous healing of her mother. Denounced to the romans as a Christian, she refused to recant, offered her chastity to Christ, and was sentenced to be dragged to a brothel.
She was tortured by eye-gouging, pierced by a knife in the throat and, where she fell, the church of Santa Lucia al Sepolcro in Syracuse was built. She is the patron saint of all those who suffer with eye trouble or blindness.There are some ghoulish and surreal images of this saint — but the association with blindness and light derives from the name Lucia with its Latin root luc- for light.
Agrigento is one of the most beautiful cities in Sicily, that rises on a plain sheer above the sea, on Sicily’s southwest shore.
The Valley of the Temples -ruins of the ancient city of Akragas – a vast archaeological site with well-preserved Greek temples, is situated near the sea hilltop and, inside it,the ideal place to smell and breathe in the fragrance of the Mediterranean scrub – the Garden of the Kolymbetra. .
West lies Scala dei Turchi, a stepped white cliff overlooking sandy beaches
Located at the base of Mount Etna, Catania is the second largest city in Sicily.
It is fille with astonishing churches, Roman and Greek ruins and architecture, La Pescheria in Piazza Del Duomo is a must-see where you can really get a feel for Sicilian life.
La Pescheria is one of the biggest fish markets in Italy – It’s lively, colorful, smelly, and gritty with an exuberant and bustling atmosphere.
The entrance to the market (known as a pescheria in Italian) is just behind the Baroque Amenano Fountain, also pictured, inthe south-west corner of the piazza di the duomo di Catania, the Cattedrale di Sant’Agata -with its amazing blueish-grey baroque architecture and the iconic Fontana dell’Elefante in the center of the piazza.
Random favorites from holiday trip to Sicily, June 2018
palermo ballaro end of day
Quis ut Deus – Catania