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Castellana Sicula – Murales paintings all over by Madonie mountains

Small village of 3000 inhabitants known for its Murales paintings. Since 1994 about 30 artists contributed with their art on this villages facades. In August takes place a folkloristic dance “Ballo della Cardella”. A fertility dance around a three meter high pole, which is identical to our viking tradition in Midsummer.

Lunch at: Family Art

Countryplace stay aka Agriturismo: Masseria Xireni (Organic and Sustainable travel)

Caltagirone – The colourful Arabian “pot castle”

Caltagirone is famous for its ceramic and if you are going to buy original Sicilian ceramic, it has to be signed Caltagirone. Filled with Sicilian baroque, but has arabian origins with town name qal at-ghiran, meaning “The pot castle”.

Highlight is of course Scalinata di Santa Maria del Monte. Filled with ceramic stories from all eras passing this area. 142 steps takes you to a wonderful view. Main reason I stopped here was to visit my favourite Ragu restaurant, but it was closed for vacation. So I get a new chance to pass by again!

Monreale – Golden stories on the walls, in the Norman footsteps

The highlight in Monreale is the main church, Cappella del Duomo di Monreale. Built as a political statement and artistic show off, and is the most important Norman architectual monument in Sicily as it represent the whole Norman kingdom. 6340 m2 of mosaics to follow stories from the old and new testament. Built by William II.

Opera Cavalleria Rusticana

Cavalleria Rusticana is an opera in one act by Pietro Mascagni. It premiered on 17 May 1890 in Rome but became world famous thank to the Godfather trilogy. I went to see it at Greek Theatre in Taormina. It has the perfect length of one hour and ten minutes.

The story takes place in a 19th-century Sicilian village and is in Sicilian language. It is a typical love story drama with betrayal, love and drama. You can read the whole story HERE.


Cavalleria Rusticana ?r en opera av Pietro Mascagni. Den hade premi?r den 17 maj 1890 i Rom men blev v?rldsber?md tack vare Gudfadern-trilogin. Jag s?g den p? Grekiska Teatern i Taormina. Den har den perfekta l?ngden p? en timme och tio minuter

Ber?ttelsen ?ger rum i en siciliansk by fr?n 1800-talet och ?r p? sicilianska. Det ?r ett typiskt k?rleksdrama med f?rr?deri, k?rlek och drama. Du kan l?sa hela ber?ttelsen p? engelska H?R.

Taormina Door


When in Sicily – You drive Sicily


Museum of Crazyness – Opening in Catania

Last thursday I was inivited for the opening of a new art exhibition in Castello Ursino in Catania. It is called Museo Della Follia, meaning Museum of Crazyness. Crazy paintings made by Antonio Ligabue and Pietro Ghizzardi. Most art pieces are from private collections. To handle this tour around whole Italy is Vittorio Sgarbi. I am not sure, but I think he is an politician in the italian government. Catania was the third city in Italy to host this exhibition. It is open for public 22 April to 22 Oktober. In Sicily they have often the highest response for art and other cultural activities. E.g. for the Chagall show in city of Catania with 800,000 inhabitants they received 65,000 entrances comparing to Rome with its five million inhabitans who only got 138,000 paying entrances.


I torsdags var jag inbjuden till ?ppnandet av en ny konstutst?llning i Castello Ursino i Catania. Den kallas Museo Della Follia, vilket betyder Museumet av Galenskap. Galna m?lningar av Antonio Ligabue och Pietro Ghizzardi. De flesta konstverk kommer fr?n privata samlingar. Ansvarig f?r denna turn? runt hela Italien ?r Vittorio Sgarbi. Jag ?r inte s?ker, men jag tror att han ?r en politiker i den italienska regeringen. Catania var den tredje staden i Italien att vara v?rd f?r denna utst?llning. Det ?r ?ppet f?r allm?nheten fr?n den 22 april till 22 Oktober. P? Sicilien har de ofta den h?g respons f?r konst och andra kulturaktiviteter . T.ex. f?r Chagall showen i staden Catania med sina 800.000 inv?nare fick de 65.000 betalande?entr?er j?mf?rt med Rom med sina fem miljoner inv?nare som bara fick 138.000 betalande entr?er.

Photos below is taken from an old mental institute before they demolished it. The photographer found old records and letter, and the first photo below are some photographs of people who were patients there. It took some time to melt the impression.


Bilderna nedan ?r fr?n ett gammalt mentalsjukhus innan det revs. Fotografen fann gamla rapporter och brev, och den f?rsta bilden nedan ?r n?gra fotografier av m?nniskor som var patienter d?r. Det tog lite tid att sm?lta intrycket.

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Castello Ursino from Outside / Castello Ursino fr?n utsidan

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Sicilian Creativity Wins at Carnival of Venice

The Sicilian cart wins the Carnival of Venice.
One of Scicli and a Ragusano triumphed in Venice 2016 carnival competition by winning two awards: “The best Mask” and “The Mask theme.”
The creativity and imagination of the two iblei, Salvatore Occhipinti and Mimmo Miceli, are allowed to create fantastic costumes as original.
The clothes, created ad hoc, recall the opulence of a magnificent sicilian cart, one of the Sicilian symbols.
On a basis of elegant red velvet they have installed mirrors, ribbons, studs, colored plumes.
Colors, decorations and cloth inserts inspired by the most beautiful art decorations of Sicilian carts were the protagonists of the famous Venice festival.


Den sicilianska vagnen vinner i Karnevalen i Venedig.
En bosatt i Scicli och en Ragusano har i Venedigs Karneval 2016?vunnit tv? utm?rkelser: The Best Mask” och “The Mask Theme“.
Den kreativitet och fantasi av de tv? fr?n Iblei omr?det, Salvatore Occhipinti och Mimmo Miceli, har till?tit att skapa fantastiska kostymer precis som originalen.
Kl?derna, som skapats ad hoc, p?minner om den magnifika sicilianska vagnen, en av de viktigaste sicilianska symbolerna.
P? basis av elegant r?d sammet de har installerat speglar, band, dubbar, f?rgade plymer.
F?rger, dekorationer och tyg inspirerade av den vackraste konstdekorationen av sicilianska
vagnen, var huvudpersonerna i den ber?mda Venedig festivalen.

Source: Sicilia, un’isola piena di meraviglie


Caltagirone – the Ceramic City (photos)


Eat lunch at “Non Solo Vino”. Ask the locals where it is.

— This island named Sicily is magic —

Swedish Ami Elsius Art Exhibition in Taormina

The talented and?fantastic Ami Elsius from Sweden has an on going art exhibition in Hotel Metrolope, Corso Umberto 154, Taormina from 5th June – 5th July. Ami is a professional photographer working internationally and now she took a step into the art world. She is also involved in wedding planning for those who dream of getting married in Taormina. Please check out Ami’s talent on her webistes here: www.amielsius.com??? www.taorminaweddings.com


Den beg?vade och?fantastiska Ami Elsius fr?n Sverige har en p?g?ende konstutst?llning i Hotel Metropole, Corso Umberto 154, Taormina fr?n 5 Juni-5 juli. Ami ?r en professionell fotograf som arbetar internationellt och?har nu?tagit ett steg in i konstv?rlden. Hon ?r ocks? engagerad i br?llopsplanering f?r dem som dr?mmer om att gifta sig i Taormina. V?nligen kolla in Ami’s talang p? sina hemsidor h?r: www.amielsius.com?? www.taorminaweddings.com


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