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  • The salts-pans area in Nubia, Trapani
    The salt pan area in Nubia, Trapani
  • Citrons and tangerins at the market in Catania
    Citrons and tangerins at the market in Catania
  • A corner of the 18th century village of Marzamemi, Syracuse
    A corner of the 18th century village of Marzamemi, Syracuse
  • The stunning Scala dei Turchi near Realmonte, Agrigento
    The stunning Scala dei Turchi near Realmonte, Agrigento
  • A colorful wall again in Marzamemi, Syracuse
    A colorful wall again in Marzamemi, Syracuse
  • Local folklore in the Medieval town of Gangi, Madonie area
    Local folklore in the Medieval town of Gangi, Madonie area

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A Journey to Sicily


From the Scarlattis to Carmen Consoli

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Sicilian composers existed in the 9th century, seen from the discovery of books containing Christian liturgical verse. It was only in the 17th century however that musicians of a certain quality came to the forefront. This was the Scarlatti family: …
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The prehistorical age

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At the end of the Paleolithic age, Sicily was showed to have traces of human beings. A great number of caves which are to be found along the northwest coasts of Sicily in their rock paintings reveal the presence of …
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From the Greek to the Byzantine age

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The architectonic witnesses left by Greeks and Romans in the island of gods are the most beautiful artistic expressions of the antiquity. The Greeks landed in Sicily in the 8th century B.C., invariably founding their colonies by the sea or …
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From the Arabs to the Mannierism period

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The Arab influence is very much more strongly apparent in the central-plan buildings in Mazara area and mostly in the Palermo churches of San Giovanni degli Eremiti, San Cataldo, Santo Spirito, as well as in some important Palazzi such as …
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From the Baroque age to the decadentism period

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Sicily is a naturally Baroque island. Baroque explodes in the stone ornamentations, in the architectural structures, in the cromatic sensuality of the frescoes which embellish the coastal and inland cities and towns. The Baroque spectacle begins in the City of …
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The ancient age, the Greek colonization

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From the first inhabitants, the Sicans and Sicels of unknown origin, to the Greeks and the Phoenicians, between whom the indigenous Elymian population was compressed, the co-ordinates of universal history found in the island an irreplaceable point of intersection. The …
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The Roman and the Byzantine age

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The Graeco-Carthaginian presence persisted until the presence of Rome began to be felt in the Mediterranean. It was the Romans who overcame the Greek colonies and also subjugated the Carthaginian ones during the Punic Wars. Subsequently the island followed the …
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The Arab and the Norman dominations

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The Arab invasion and conquest endowed Sicily with its splendour. The Arabs, who already controlled the North African coast and Spain, considered Sicily a highly strategic step for their expansion towards the north of Italy and a safeguard to Mediterranean …
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The Swabian, the Angevin and the Aragon dominations

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The decline of the Norman kingdom opened the way for the imperial ambitions of the Swabians. Their domination witnessed radical developments in jurisprudence, Latin literature, experimental sciences and vernacular poetry. Frederick II layed the foundations of a State centred in …
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From the Spanish domination to nowadays

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In 1503 Sicily became a Spanish viceroyalty: this was the moment of the rise of Spain under the Catholic kings; it was the age of the great geographic and scientific discoveries and it was the periode when Turkey set out …
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