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Medieval Sicily | Montalbano di Elicona

Visiting a very interesting medieval village in the north-east Sicilian mountains, perfect for day trip. Famous for it’s castle and being awarded 2015 as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy.

NOTE! Vertical filming will be less, (but in some tiny alley’s necessary), I’m learning! Thank you for your patience.


Besöker en mycket intressant medeltida by i de nordöstra sicilianska bergen, perfekt för dagsutflykt. Känd för sitt slott och tilldelats pris 2015 som en av de vackraste byarna i Italien.

NOTERA! Vertikal filmning kommer att bli mindre, (men i några små gränder nödvändigt), jag lär mig! Tack för ditt tålamod.

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 baroque wonder


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!

More photos after the Swedish text


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!


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.


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.

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.


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

Views in Castiglione di Sicilia

My work takes me all over Sicily and we were visiting one of my favourite towns, Castiglione di Sicilia. Castiglione is also the oldest wine town in Sicily and located by the wine and nut district. Here we were checking the allotment and how to organize the bus to come through for art groups coming to Sicily. Sadly for a cloudy day you can not see tha usual amazing view to Etna.


Mitt arbete tar mig runt Sicilien och vi bes?kte en av mina favoritst?der, Castiglione di Sicilia. Castiglione ?r ocks? den ?ldsta vinstaden p? Sicilien och ligger vid vin- och n?tdistriktet. H?r kontrollerade vi boendet och hur organisera s? att bussen kan komma igenom sm? gr?nderna f?r konstgrupper som kommer till Sicilien. Tyv?rr var det en molnig dag och vi kunde inte se den vanligtvis fantastiska utsikten mot Etna.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Webiste: The Benedictine Monastery of Catania

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.


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.


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.


Francofonte – Face Facade

Francofonte is a cosy mountain town just 30 minutes fron Catania, on the road towards Ragusa. It is called Francofonte, which means From the Source, because it was one of the few towns where the water was free and not taxed. In the center you can also find a very special building with many faces in the facade. Each face has a different expression. The town is also located in one of the orange districts in Sicily.


Francofonte ?r en mysig bergsstad bara 30 minuter fr?n Catania, p? v?gen mot Ragusa. Den kallas Francofonte, vilket betyder Fr?n K?llan, eftersom det var en av de f? st?der d?r vattnet var gratis och inte beskattades. I centrum kan du ocks? hitta en mycket speciell byggnad med m?nga ansikten i fasaden. Varje ansikte har olika uttryck. Staden ?r ocks? mitt i en utav Siciliens apelsindistrikt.


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