Classic Sicily Blog

Ortygia is the oldest part of Syracuse and a celebrated tourist destination with many wonderful places to see. One of the must-visit sites of Ortygia is the temple of Athena.  The temple of Athena is arguably the most important sacral complex (and the most ancient) on the island of Ortygia and is located in the […]
Madonna della Rocca Taormina
The church of the Madonna della Rocca in Taormina dates back to the 12th century. Restored in 1600, it stands on a small mountain overlooking Taormina and is located a few steps from the Saraceno Castle. Its name reflects the fact that it was carved into a rock with the architecture being somewhat modest and […]
The archaeological civic museum of Noto will reopen in Syracuse next spring, after thirty long years of closure. It will be set up in the lower reaches of the Santissimo Salvatore, in what was once the Benedictine Monastery, with a series of stained glass windows overlooking the main street of the Baroque city, Corso Vittorio […]
Benedictine Monastery
No more than a 10-minute walk from the Cathedral of Catania lies the Monastery of San Nicolò l’Arena, a jewel of the late Sicilian Baroque and one of the largest Benedictine complexes in Europe.  Born in the 16th century, the monastic building has developed up to the present day and is an example of architectural […]
Palermo Pretoria
“Uniqueness of the sign” is the title of the exhibition dedicated to the great Master Renato Guttuso. Curated by Rossella Lo Bianco, the exhibition is open for visitors until 19th February 2022. The focus will be on the artist’s graphic work, on the strong and incisive sign of his etchings and aquatints, through a selection […]
Palermo at Christmas
Palermo at Christmas is an explosion of music and colors: on the streets of the city, it is not difficult to come across musicians playing the bagpipes with the city lighting reminding us that it is time for celebration. Traditionally, preparations for Christmas start early in Palermo, including an exhibition in the center of Viale […]
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Agrigento was founded around 581 BC and is in an area where various people who left their traces on the island once settled. Already home to indigenous peoples who maintained commercial relations with the Aegean and Mycenaean, the Agrigento area saw the rise of the Akragas polis (Ἀκράγας), founded by Geloi of Rhodian-Cretan origin. Agrigento […]
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Varied and multi-ethnic, capital of one of the largest islands in the Mediterranean, the city of Palermo has always been linked to the sea, a source of life, commerce, and entertainment. The millenary history and the succession of dominations have given the city an immense and varied monumental artistic heritage: from the Punic walls to […]
San marco dalunzio
San Marco d’Alunzio is an Italian town of 1.877 inhabitants in the metropolitan city of Messina in Sicily. It is part of the circuit of the most beautiful villages in Italy. It is a municipality in the Nebrodi Park. The village of San Marco d’Alunzio is perched on Mount Castro, which is located in the […]
Sampieri is a seaside village of about 627 inhabitants in the municipality of Scicli, in the province of Ragusa. Sampieri is a well-known seaside resort, an ancient and charming fishing village, with a tiny and romantic historical center of stone houses and cobbled streets, it is located along a limestone spur, between two fine golden […]
Tindari, Messina
Tìndari is a fraction of Patti, an Italian municipality in the metropolitan city of Messina, in Sicily. The inhabitants are called tindàridi, tindaroti, tindaritani, tindaridei (in homage to the Dioscuri sons of Tindaro); in Sicilian tinnaroti. Tindari is located on a coastal promontory that protrudes, from a height of 268 m, overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea […]