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The Cathedral of Palermo

Built in 1184 by the Normans to become a Christian church. I like to leave the sound on to hear the local atmosphere with voices, traffic and other sounds.

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Byggdes 1184 av Normannerna för att bli en kristen kyrka. Jag vill lämna ljudet på för att höra den lokala atmosfären med röster, trafik och andra ljud.

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The Sicilian cart – Carretto Siciliano

These lovely Sicilian decorated carts and accessories for horses are originally from Greece. The ancient Greeks introduced this tradition to Sicily. They got popular in the 1920’s and are sold also as decorations made of wood all over the island. You can find the Sicilian Cart museum in Terrasini, Province of Palermo. The carts are handmade and painted by hand with images telling about Sicilian folklore and history. Horses were used in the city and plain terrain, mules and donkeys in the countryside. This beautiful craft goes as heritage from generation to generation.

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Dessa vackra sicilianska dekorerade vagnar och tillbeh?r f?r h?star kommer ursprungligen fr?n Grekland. De gamla grekerna introducerade denna tradition p? Sicilien. De blev popul?ra p? 1920-talet och s?ljs ocks? som dekorationer av tr? ?ver hela ?n. Du hittar det sicilianska vagnsmuseet i Terrasini, Palermo-provinsen. Vagnarna ?r handgjorda och m?lade f?r hand med bilder som ber?ttar om Siciliansk folklore och historia. H?star anv?ndes i staden och i platt terr?ng, mulor och ?snor p? landsbygden. Detta vackra hantverk g?r som arv fr?n generation till generation.

The Sicilian baroque wonder

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Can highly recommend a tour in one of the Sicilian baroque wonders, the Biscari Palace in Catania. Today was offered an exclusive tour guided by the prince himself, Principe Ruggero Moncada. The prince has a beef with us Swedes as his wife almost ran away with a Swedish man once.
The palace attracted many famous writers like Goethe and Brydone. One the painting you can see the Princess with a hole in her stomach. This happened cause during WW2 the big dancing sala was used as a tennis court by soldiers, and the accident happened. The family decided not to repair the damage as it became part of the history.
The part that I Iove the most is the baroque stairs by the ball room. The palace was finished 1763. Sadly it is quite run down, but it is privately held and just to repair one Murano chandelier costs ?12,000.

I’ve been here couple of times for masquerades and other events, but for a tour it was the first time. Una meraviglia!

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Kan starkt rekommendera en rundtur i ett av de sicilianska barockens underverk, Biscari-palatset i Catania. Idag erbj?ds en exklusiv turn? guidad av prinsen sj?lv, Principe Ruggero Moncada. Prinsen har liten gnabb med oss svenskar eftersom hans fru n?stan smet iv?g med en svensk man en g?ng.
Palatset lockade m?nga k?nda f?rfattare som Goethe och Brydone. I en m?lning kan du se prinsessan med ett h?l i magen. Detta h?nde under andra v?rldskriget d? den stora danssalen anv?ndes som tennisbana av soldater, och olyckan intr?ffade. Familjen beslutade att inte reparera skadan eftersom den blev en del av historien.
Den del som jag gillar mest ?r barocktrappan vid danssalen. Palatset blev f?rdigt 1763. Tyv?rr ?r det ganska slitet, men det ?r privat?gt och bara f?r att reparera en Murano-ljuskrona kostar ?12 000.

Jag har varit h?r n?gra g?nger f?r maskerader och andra evenemang, men f?r en turn? var det f?rsta g?ngen. Una meraviglia!

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Syracuse – the beauty of Piazza Duomo

One of the most beautiful baroque piazzas in Italy is Piazza Duomo in Ortigia, Syracuse. A rectangular piazza surrounded by flamboyant palaces.? Here you find the extraordinary main church and the church of Santa Lucia, which is important for us Swedes.

The main church of Ortigia has not much left from the Greek era than couple of Doric columns in the facade, but is worth a visit. It’s dedicated to Athena and is part of the UNESCO heritage list. Usually when you seen one baroque church, you have seen them all, but this main church is very different. Its style is mainly Baroque and Rococo on the outside, inside has parts dating back to the Siceliot epoch, and parts dating back to medieval times, built by the Normans and thus left until the present day. Its internal structure is composed of several naves and chapels, which have a classic and decorated style, typical of the Baroque too. The site of the church dates back as far as year 700 B.C, but the church was complete 1753.

By the main church is the Chiesa di Santa Lucia alla Badia, an important church for us Swedes as we celebrate Saint Lucia the same time as in Sicily. Here you find the original masterpiece from Caravaggio, Il seppellimento di Santa Lucia (Burial of St Lucy). It’s painted in Syracuse between 1608 and 1609.

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En av de vackraste barock piazzorna i Italien ?r Piazza Duomo i Ortigia, Sirakusa. En rektangul?r piazza omgiven av flambojanta palats. H?r hittar du den extraordin?ra huvudkyrkan och kyrkan Santa Lucia, vilken ?r viktig f?r oss svenskar.

Ortigias huvudkyrka har inte mycket kvar fr?n den grekiska eran ?n n?gra doriska kolonner i fasaden, men ?r v?rt ett bes?k. Den ?r till?gnad Athena och ing?r i UNESCOs v?rldsarvslista. Vanligtvis n?r man sett en barockkyrka har man sett dem alla, men den h?r huvudkyrkan ?r v?ldigt annorlunda. Dess stil ?r fr?mst barock och rokoko p? utsidan, inuti delar som g?r tillbaka till Siceliotiden och delar som g?r tillbaka till medeltiden, byggda av normannerna och d?rmed kvar tills idag. Dess interna struktur best?r av flera navar och kapeller, som har en klassisk och dekorerad stil, som ?r typisk f?r barocken. Kyrkans plats dateras s? l?ngt som ?r 700 B.C, men nuvarande kyrkan var f?rdig 1753.

Vid huvudkyrkan finns Chiesa di Santa Lucia alla Badia, en viktig kyrka f?r oss svenskar d? vi firar Santa Lucia samtidigt som p? Sicilien. H?r hittar du det ursprungliga m?sterverket fr?n Caravaggio, Il seppellimento di Santa Lucia (Begravningen av Santa Lucia). Den m?lades i Sirakusa mellan 1608 och 1609.

The Castle of Calatabiano

The Castle of Calatabiano is a must visit if you are in Taormina area. It is just couple of minutes from Giardini-Naxos. You can also bike here the countryside roads. The castle has most remains from Arab-Norman era on top of a hill of 220 m.a.s.l. The castle has been in so many owners hand so no one can exactly say when it was built. What is known is that the castle got destroyed in the beginning or year 800 when Arabs conquered Sicily and was destroyed again during the worst earthquake in Sicily’s history, 1693. There are signs from the Greek era with the arch, a small temple and terracotta vases. The Romans has left bricks. What is interesting for us Scandinavians is that a Viking guard grave has also been found here and signs of Swedish domination.

The owner today is the Acireale’s church and thank to them this site was restored. Today you can visit the castle with a cable car. They have a nice bar, the present management organizes events like wine tasting and dinners. 23 st July 2009 the castle opened to the public. The view from here is spectacular.? — More photos after the Swedish text —

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Slottet i Calatabiano ?r ett m?ste om du ?r i Taormina-omr?det. Det ligger bara n?gra minuter fr?n Giardini-Naxos. Du kan ocks? cykla hit p? landsbygdsv?garna. Slottet har mest sp?r fr?n den arabisk-normankiska eran, ligger p? toppen av en kulle 220 m.?.h. Slottet har varit i s? m?nga ?gares hand att ingen kan exakt s?ga n?r den byggdes. Det som ?r k?nt ?r att slottet blev f?rst?rt i b?rjan av ?r 800 n?r araberna er?vrade Sicilien och f?rst?rdes igen under den v?rsta jordb?vningen i Siciliens historia 1693. Det finns tecken fr?n den grekiska eran med b?ge, ett litet tempel och terrakottavaser . Romarna har l?mnat tegelstenar. Vad som ?r intressant f?r oss skandinaver ?r att en Vikingvaktgrav ocks? har hittats h?r och tecken p? svensk dominans.

?garen idag ?r Acireales kyrka och tack vare dem restaurerades denna plats. Idag kan du bes?ka slottet med en linbana. De har en trevlig bar, den nuvarande ledningen organiserar evenemang som t.ex. vinprovning och middagar. 23 juli 2009 ?ppnades slottet f?r allm?nheten. Utsikten h?rifr?n ?r spektakul?r.

Quattro Canti

Quattro Canti in Palermo is also known as Piazza Vigliena, built between 1608-1620 in Baroque style. The piazza has four sidea, a form of a octagonal with four streets crossing. The four facades are identical and has fountains and statues of the four seasons, four Spanish kings of Sicily and four patronesses of Palermo.

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Quattro Canti i Palermo ?r ocks? k?nd som Piazza Vigliena, byggd mellan 1608-1620 i barockstil. Piazzan har fyra sidor, ?ttkantig form med fyra gator som korsar. De fyra fasaderna ?r identiska och har font?ner och statyer av de fyra ?rstiderna, fyra spanska kungarna p? Sicilien och fyra beskyddarinnorna av Palermo.

The moving clock tower in Messina – Everyday at 12pm

The garden made for Lady Florence Trevelyan

Do not miss the botanic garden in central Taormina, also called Villa Comunale. The garden was originally the home of Lady Florence Trevelyan, English noblewoman and cousin of Queen Victoria. She lived in Taormina since 1884 and married the mayor, Salvatore Cacciola. The park was created according to Lady Florence’s wishes as a typical English garden in which many rare plant species were planted. The rumour says she was not happy living in Taormina, so she got her own garden and things went better. She died in 1907.

Entrance is free, open from 9am to sunset. Take witha book, coffee and croissant. Here you get a relaxing moment from busy Taormina.

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Missa inte den botaniska tr?dg?rden i centrala Taormina, ?ven kallad Villa Comunale. Tr?dg?rden var ursprungligen hemmet f?r Lady Florence Trevelyan, engelsk nobelkvinna och kusin till drottning Victoria. Hon bodde i Taormina fr?n 1884 och gifte sig med borgm?staren Salvatore Cacciola. Parken skapades enligt Lady Florens ?nskningar som en typisk engelsk tr?dg?rd med m?nga s?llsynta v?xtarter. Rykten s?ger att hon inte var lycklig att bo i Taormina, s? hon fick sin egen tr?dg?rd och det gick b?ttre. Hon dog 1907.

Entr?n ?r fri, ?ppen fr?n 9:00 till solnedg?ngen. Ta med en bok, kaffe och croissant. H?r f?r du en avkopplande stund fr?n v?lbes?kta Taormina.

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The breath taking view to Taormina, Etna and the world known hotel San Domenico.


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Visit Catania – The Monastry of “Benedettini”

This is one of the most powerful places to visit in Catania. Impressive construction by tons of stone that created the Benedettini Monastry and church. It has been closed for many years, but now open daily from 9am to 5pm. You find it at Piazza Dante, just a 15 minute walk from Via Etna (central baroque shopping street). It is protected by UNESCO as here you find unique cloisters, roman style house, roof garden, impressive architecture in late sicilian baroque style and detailed stone handy craft. Take the guided tour, it is just couple of euros.

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Detta ?r en av de mest kraftfulla platserna att bes?ka i Catania. Imponerande konstruktion av ton av sten som skapade Benedettini Monastry och kyrkan. Den har varit st?ngd i m?nga ?r, men nu ?ppen dagligen fr?n 9:00 till 17:00. Du hittar den p? Piazza Dante, bara 15 minuters promenad fr?n Via Etna (centrala barock shoppinggatan). Skyddad av UNESCO d?r du finner unikt kloster, typiskt romerskt hus, taktr?dg?rd, imponerande arkitektur i sen siciliansk barockstil och detaljerad stenhantverk. Ta g?rna den guidad rundturen, det kostar bara n?gra euro.

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Building started year 1500 and was planned to be the largest monastry in Europe. The Monastry has been destroyed several times due to natural causes; lava eruption 1669 and Sicily’s worst earthquake 1693. The reconstruction started 1702 and many monks moved here. The reconstruction was following the original plan for the monastry and finally became the largest in Europe.


Byggandet startade ?r 1500 och var planerad att bli det st?rsta monastriet i Europa. Monastriet har f?rst?rts flera g?nger p? grund av naturliga orsaker; lava utbrott 1669 och Siciliens v?rsta jordb?vning 1693. Rekonstruktionen b?rjade 1702 och m?nga munkar flyttade hit. Rekonstruktionen f?ljde den ursprungliga planen f?r monastriet och blev ?ntligen den st?rsta i Europa.

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Every second sunday each month you can also enjoy a visit to an organic market held in the Benedettini gardens. Open 9:30 am to 1:30pm. Only local organic produce; vegetables, fruits, beauty products, vine, tea, beer, cheeses and much more.


Den andra s?ndagen varje m?nad kan du ocks? njuta av ett bes?k p? ekologisk marknaden som h?lls i Benedettini-tr?dg?rden. ?ppen 9:30 till 1:30. Endast lokala ekologiska praodukter; gr?nsaker, frukt, sk?nhetsprodukter, vin, te, ?l, ost och mycket mer.

 

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The church with only female saints

In Militello Val di Catania is a church with only female saints decorating the walls and paintings.? Chiesa della Madonna della Catena is built 1541 probably for a female religious group.

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I Militello Val di Catania finns en kyrka med bara kvinnliga helgon som dekorerar v?ggarna och m?lningarna. Chiesa della Madonna della Catena byggdes 1541 f?rmodligen f?r en kvinnlig religi?s grupp.

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Inside you find an extraordinary decoration, art work by Antonino di Blanco of 1690, depicting the mysteries of the Holy Rosary and twelve Holy Virgins, framed by festoons and cornucopias. This church is the only feminine pantheon where some of the most important female saints of catholicism are portrayed: Agata, Agrippina, Anastasia, Apollonia, Barbara, Caterina, Dorotea, Lucia, Maddalena, Margherita, Marta, Orsola, each recognizable by respective iconographic attributes.


Inuti hittar du extraordin?r dekoration, konstverk av Antonino di Blanco fr?n 1690, som visar mysterierna av den Holy Rosary och tolv Holy Virgins, inramade av festoons och cornucopias. Denna kyrka ?r den enda kvinnliga pantheonen d?r n?gra av katolicismens viktigaste kvinnliga heligon ?r portr?tterade: Agata, Agrippina, Anastasia, Apollonia, Barbara, Caterina, Dorotea, Lucia, Maddalena, Margherita, Marta, Orsola, vilka k?nnetecknas av respektive ikonografiska attribut.

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