PALERMO AND MONREALE Palermo, founded by the Phoenicians with the name Ziz ‘flower’ – developed enormously under the Arabs and then under the Normans and Hohenstaufens, so much so that most of its most prestigious monuments were built in those periods. The city formed along the main street, the “Cassaro” (now Corso Vittorio Emanuele), intersected from the sixteenth century on by via Maqueda. Along these streets and the side streets there are splendid patrician mansions and many of the main monuments: the Royal Palace with the Palace Chapel, the Cathedral, the “Martorana” church, Piazza Pretoria, Palazzo Steri to mention just a few. Monreale City of Kings, Bishops, Artists and Poets, Even though its territory is not as wide and varied as the history through which it has passed, it is among the most precious of the jewels making up the immense cultural heritage of Sicily. No matter how long it takes for chronicles to becomes history, in Monreale time has continously accumulated every day fragments which have also become history. THE ORIGINS OF MONREALE Monreale has a historical peculiarity of great importance: that of being a city, now with 25.000 inhabitants, which grew up around an immense and wonderful cathedral. […]
Catania lies cradled amidst the splendid greenery of its surroundings, yet at the same time opens out to the sea, welcoming us with its grand piazzas, wide roads, and architecture in lavic rock. The city is full of attractions, offering historic and artistic wonders for everyone. Remnants of history prove that the various cultures that have left their mark; the people have absorbed the influences of their many rulers, as seen in the architectonic lines of the buildings, churches and monuments. Its Duomo is a magnificent example. Reconstructed with the use of materials recovered from Roman-era buildings – such as the marble columns that decorate its courtyards – it looks out onto the piazza carrying its name (which after the earthquake was designed to leave ample space between buildings in the event of another destructive earthquake). It is dedicated to the city’s Patron, St. Agata, whose statue surmounts the main façade designed by Giovan Battista Vaccarini. Besides the church, the splendid Piazza Duomo is surrounded by the Palazzo Senatorio and elegant noble buildings arranged around the Fontana dell’Elefante, the symbol of the city. The monument, also the work of Vaccarini, is a kind of historical stratification: the base (the elephant) […]
Sicily is a summer holiday jewel in the Mediterranean Sea and Sicily beaches are some of the most beautiful in all of Europe! If you are coming here and looking for some of the best beaches to relax on then check this list of the Best Beaches in Sicily. You will definitely choose one for your coming holidays! There is no one in Palermo who wouldn’t go to the beautiful beach of Mondello during the hot summer days. It can be sometimes overcrowded but is definitely on the list of the most beautiful places in Sicily. The beach is located about 10 kilometers away from the city, nestled between Monte Pellegrino and Monte Gallo mountains. Sant Vito Lo Capo’s turquoise waters and crescent-shaped sandy beach are a well-kept secret, sure to impress beach-lovers. Set against the imposing backdrop of Monte Monaco in Sicily’s north-west, this charming coastal town is also a big hit with climbers. Visit in September to experience the Cous Cous Festival. Who wouldn’t know the famous beach between Trapani and Palermo with the equally famous and iconic mountain? The beach is 3 km long and wide enough to accommodate thousands of visitors every day. San Vito Lo Capo […]
Nehmen Sie ein Bad an Siziliens wunderschönen Sandstränden! Die Küstenlänge Siziliens beträgt 1500 Km. Ebenso ausgedehnt sind die abwechslungsreichen sizilianischen Strände, die alle Welt wegen ihrer warmen Farben und bezaubernden Küstenlandschaften kennt. Ein Sizilienurlaub ohne Meer und Strände ist gleichsam ein Widersinn, denn sie machen einen Großteil der Persönlichkeit der Sonneninsel aus. Von Palermo bis Catania haben fast alle Provinzen der Insel Zugang zur Küste, die schönsten Resorts liegen am Meer und eine Reihe von Inseln und Inselgruppen umgibt Sizilien schützend von allen Seiten. Welches sind also die schönsten Strände Siziliens? Wo findet man sie? Welche Buchten dürfen auf der Liste der Besuchsziele auf keinen Fall fehlen? Welche Merkmale machen ihre Besonderheit aus? Die Frage nach den schönsten Stränden Siziliens ist nicht leicht zu beantworten. Es sind sehr viele und alle, oder fast alle, würden bei Ihrem Sizilienurlaub einen Besuch verdienen. Im Nordwesten finden Sie eine abwechslungsreiche und bergig grüne Landschaft vor, unterbrochen von malerischen Buchten und karibisch anmutenden Sandstränden. Der Südosten Siziliens ist bekannt für seine weiten, flach abfallenden Sandstrände und das kristallklare Meer, ideal für Familien mit Kindern und Wasserratten. Nordwesten: Mondello Beach An erster Stelle steht für mich der Mondello Beach in der Nähe von Palermo. Hier kannst […]
La Pasqua in Sicilia è la ricorrenza che fin dai tempi più antichi e più di ogni altra, ha suscitato in tutto il territorio dell’isola, una intensa partecipazione popolare. Nel corso della Settimana Santa è un susseguirsi di rappresentazioni e processioni che hanno come intento quello della rievocazione e commemorazione della Passione, Morte e Resurrezione di Gesù Cristo. I cortei che si snodano per le vie delle città sono formati dalle confraternite delle arti e dei mestieri nei loro caratteristici antichi costumi, seguite dal clero con i paramenti quaresimali, nonché da simulacri di Gesù morto, della Madre sua in dolore e dagli altri personaggi che contornano la Passione di Cristo. Ma più spesso queste rappresentazioni sono impersonate dai fedeli che raffigurano con grande pathos i tristi momenti del Calvario di Gesù. La presenza attiva della gente è sentita a tal punto che, anche a livello emotivo, i sentimenti del dolore per la Morte prima e poi della gioia per la Resurrezione del Redentore, appaiono autentici per la teatralità che assumono nei vari passaggi del ciclo pasquale. Forte è la simbologia che connota e caratterizza la Settimana Santa sia a livello decorativo degli scenari per la presenza di elementi ormai rituali […]
Sicily is famous for its spectacular celebrations surrounding Pasqua (Easter) as Sicilians head to church and take to the streets in parades to honour the most important week in the Christian calendar. Festivities continue throughout Holy Week, culminating on Easter Sunday, when families enjoy a lunch based on roast lamb and specially-prepared cakes. Pasquetta (Easter Monday) is traditionally the first chance for a spring outing in the year, when Sicilians head for parks, beaches and nature reserves to have a picnic. All over the island, in large towns and tiny villages alike, processions weave their way through narrow streets, central thoroughfares and piazzas until finally they arrive at the local parish church or Cathedral. Easter also signals the arrival of Spring, and many pagan traditions that used to mark the arrival of the “beautiful season” have been incorporated into the religious festivities. For food lovers, Easter is a great time to come to Sicily: enticing seasonal delicacies and gastronomic delights celebrate the bounty of Primavera. It is the time for Martorana, or Pasta Reale, marzipan confectionary that is delighfully shaped and painted to resemble fruit of all types. With Easter being a time for celebration, the Cassata, Sicily’s signature cake, […]
Ostern wird auf Sizilien groß gefeiert und es ist ein wundervolles Erlebnis, zu dieser Zeit die Insel zu entdecken. Über die ganze Insel verteilt finden Prozessionen statt, die sich ihren Weg durch die schmalen Gassen, großen Hauptdurchgangsstraßen und Piazzas bahnen, um bei der Kirche oder Kathedrale ihren Abschluss zu finden. Ostern läutet den Frühling ein und viele heidnische Bräuche zur Feier der Ankunft der „schönen Jahreszeit“ sind in die religiösen Festlichkeiten eingeflossen. Für Feinschmecker ist Ostern eine ideale Zeit, um auf Sizilien zu verweilen: die Fülle des Frühlings wird mit verführerischen saisonalen Gerichten und kulinarischen Genüssen gefeiert. Es ist Zeit für Martorana oder Pasta Reale, eine Art Marzipan-Konfekt, das wie richtige Früchte geformt und bemalt ist. Cassata, ein typisch sizilianischer Kuchen aus gesüßtem Ricotta-Käse, Marzipan und kandierten Früchten wird auf der ganzen Insel aufgetischt. Frische Erbsen, Fava-Bohnen und Artischocken harmonisieren zusammen in „frittella“, und die Thunfischsaison beginnt… Zurück zum heiligen Aspekt von ‘Pasqua’ (Ostern): Es gibt einige sehr interessante Anlässe, die es bei einem Besuch auf Sizilien zur Osterzeit nicht zu verpassen gilt und bei denen Sie die Atmosphäre von jahrhundertealter Traditionen erleben können: Im Westen Das vermutlich bekannteste religiöse Spektakel auf Sizilien sind die „Mysterien“ von Trapani, an denen […]
Several tourists have reportedly been injured as Mount Etna erupted for the third time in just under three weeks, spitting molten lava nearly 650 feet into the sky above Sicily. A BBC journalist and camera crew were caught in the huge explosion on Thursday. ‘Lava flow mixed with steam – caused huge explosion – group pelted with boiling rocks and steam,’ the BBC’s global science correspondent, Rebecca Morelle, tweeted. She reported an estimated eight people suffered head injuries, burns, cuts and bruises. ‘An amazing 78 year old lady was very close – but safely got away,’ Ms Morelle tweeted. ‘Incident could have been worse – explosions like this have killed – but seems minor injuries for now. ‘BBC team all OK – some cuts/ bruises and burns. Very shaken though – it was extremely scary. ‘Running down a mountain pelted by rocks, dodging burning boulders and boiling steam – not an experience I ever ever want to repeat,’ she added. Italian news reports say scientists investigating the recent eruptions were injured when magma spewing from the volcano hit snow, causing an explosion. The Catania operation center of Italy’s volcanology institute confirmed Thursday that members of a team taking measurements on […]
Mount Etna has given very nice activity, and quite varied (Strombolian activity from the “saddle vent” between old and new Southeast Crater cones, sporadic emissions of brown ash from the New Southeast Crater). The lava flow has advanced not much more than 1 km from the crater and during the day was advancing slowly toward south-southwest.
The Palatine Chapel in Palermo (Cappella Palatina) Commenced by Roger II and consecrated in 1140. The Chapel is inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The Palatine Chapel is the royal chapel of the Norman kings of Kingdom of Sicily situated on the first floor at the center of the Norman Palace in Palermo. The chapel is a great symbol of multi-cultural cooperation. Craftsmen of three different religious traditions worked alongside each other. The madonna below Christ Pantocrator is an addition from the 18th century. Originally there was a window there. The Palatine Chapel, consecrated on Palm Sunday, 28 April, 1140, is inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The mosaics in the Palatine Chapel were probably made by the same craftsmen that made the mosaics in the Martorana and the central apse of the Cathedral in Cefalù. The wooden ceiling of star-shaped panels, carved and painted by 12th century craftsmen from Maghreb. Originally there were 50 windows (later blocked) designed to illuminate at all times of the day the stories told on the wall. The texts in the chapel are written in Greek, Arabic and Latin. The term “Normans” (“men from the North”) applied first to the people of Scandinavia in […]
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