From rubble to splendour. How did a small area of Sicily devastated by earthquakes become one of the world's most magical places? The year zero is 1693. On 11 January, a devastating earthquake razed more than 2,000 years of Greek, Byzantine, Arab and Norman history to the ground. What followed was a glorious reconstruction that in just 50 years tur...

The cities, the archipelagos, the volcanoes and the monuments of the island have been inserted in the World Heritage UNESCO as testimony of the artistic and natural beauties of Sicily. From natural beauties to spectacular monuments, from archaeological areas to picturesque old towns, Sicily has many reasons to be defined as a World Heritage Site an...

As travel restrictions continue to ease up across the globe, Hollywood stars have returned to their international jet-setting ways. Sicily has been one of Hollywood’s favorite vacation hot spots this year — Jon Hamm, Harrison Ford and Stanley Tucci have all been spotted vacationing on the Mediterranean island — given it’s a place where travelers ca...

Noto is a petite, Sicilian Baroque gem, splendidly set within a rocky plateau and overlooking the Asinaro Valley. An important hub during all its phases – i.e. Sicilian, Roman, Byzantine, and Arab – it met destruction with the earthquake of 1693, at the height of its original splendor. Yet Noto found a second life in its reconstruction, and became...

It is 1693 and the earth begins to shake so strongly that it razes entire towns in south-eastern Sicily to the ground and makes centuries of history disappear in a short space of time. It is incredible how one of the most tragic events in Italy can be the source of an artistic masterpiece listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002. Where there...

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and it is the southernmost region in Italy. Sicily boasts over centuries and centuries of storied history and numerous beautiful landscapes. Here a shot about 10 places to do not miss in Sicily thanks to their breathless landscapes, unforgettable historical sites and their tasty culinary special...

In one of his masterpieces, Oceano Mare  (Ocean Sea), Italian novelist Alessandro Baricco describes an artist who painted the sea with sea water. I remember thinking, after reading the book for the first time, that there couldn’t be anything more poetic. Little did I know that, by looking into my own country’s long-lasting traditions, I was to enco...

Sicily, elegant cities, crystal clear sea, mountains and archipelagos. The largest Italian island has surprised travelers since ancient times. Like all seaside places, it has historically united various cultures, creating a truly unique melting pot of art and traditions. In this corner of Paradise, immersed in the Mediterranean, evidence of the occ...

Arturo Di Modica, l’artista originario di Vittoria poi emigrato negli Stati Uniti d’America, famoso nel modo per essere l’autore del “Toro di Wall Street”,è stato, questa mattina, a Noto, accolto dal sindaco Bonfanti e dall’assessore al Turismo, Solerte. L’artista ha visitato la mostra “Novecento – Artisti di Sicilia”, che ospita la sua opera “Gymn...

Noto is blooming. Noto is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is the capital of Sicilian baroque architecture. Colonized in 263 BC by the Romans with a peace treaty, it was under the rule of Gerone II during his reign. Over the centuries it fell under the rule of the Romans, Arabs, Normans and Aragonese. In 1693 the city was completely destroyed by a...