Friday, 8 May 2015

Syracuse / Siracusa

The facade of the Cathedral in Syracuse, a powerful Sicilian-Baroque composition erected in 1728-54. It was designed by Andrea Palma.
Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

The distance between Siracusa and some other cities in Sicily

Siracusa-Palermo 277 km
Siracusa-Cefalù 249 km
Siracusa-Agrigento 217 km
Siracusa-Noto 38 km
Siracusa-Taormina 118 km
Siracusa-Catania 66 km
Siracusa-Trapani 375 km

Sicilian towns and places on UNESCO's World Heritage List

  • Agrigento: Archaeological Area of Agrigento (UNESCO)
  • Aeolian Islands: Isole Eolie. The group consists of seven islands (Lipari, Vulcano, Salina, Stromboli, Filicudi, Alicudi and Panarea) and five small islets (Basiluzzo, Dattilo, Lisca Nera, Bottaro and Lisca Bianca) in the vicinity of Panarea. (UNESCO)
  • Caltagirone (UNESCO)
  • Catania (UNESCO)
  • Militello Val di Catania (UNESCO)
  • Modica (UNESCO)
  • Mount Etna (UNESCO)
  • Noto (UNESCO)
  • Palazzolo Acreide (UNESCO)
  • Ragusa (UNESCO)
  • Scicli (UNESCO)
  • Syracuse and the Rocky Necropolis of Pantalica (UNESCO)

Monday, 4 May 2015

Scala dei turchi (Stair of the Turks) in Realmonte (near Agrigento, Sicily)

Here are a couple of pictures from my visit in Agrigento this weekend: Scala dei turchi (Stair of the Turks) in Realmonte (near Agrigento, Sicily). Isn't it beautiful?

The Scala dei turchi  was used as a film location in Giuseppe Tornatore's masterpiece "Malèna".

Friday, 1 May 2015


Palermo is the capital of the autonomous region of Sicily and the Province of Palermo. It is not a beautiful city compared to Noto, Venice or Florence, but it has a lot of interesting places to visit.


Putto made by the stucco master Giacomo Serpotta in Oratorio del Rosario di Santa Cita, Palermo.
Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

Palermo-Cefalù 69 km
Palermo-Siracusa 277 km
Palermo-Agrigento 131 km
Palermo-Noto 303 km
Palermo-Taormina 272 km
Palermo-Catania 227 km
Palermo-Trapani 101 km

Roger II receiving the crown directly from Christ and not the Pope. Mosaic in the Martorana, Palermo. The mosaic carries an inscription Rogerios Rex in Greek letters. After the Sicilian Vespers of 1282 the island's nobility gathered in the church for a meeting that resulted in the Sicilian crown being offered to Peter III of Aragon.
Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily