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Organized by BCsicilia in collaboration with ATC, participation in the classical performances held at the Greek theater of Syracuse will be held on 25 and 26 June 2022.
There will also be a guided tour of Caltagirone, Canicattini Bagni and medieval Ortigia.
The departure will be Saturday 25 June from Palermo and Termini Imerese.
We then arrive at Caltagirone with a guided tour of the Unesco historic center of the City of Ceramics.
It initially reaches the Old round, an exceptional example of eighteenth-century post-earthquake construction.
The monument, built along the stretch of the Strada Nuova, where it met the ancient sixteenth-century walls, is configured as a real theater auditorium overlooking the defined landscape of the Valle di Ponente, towards the sea of Gela.
Crossed the Bridge of San Francescowith its ceramic embellished balustrades, you arrive in front of the Bourbon prison, eighteenth-century structure, a rare example of a typology of the period, today the Civic Museum.
We continue with a visit to the Cathedral of San Giuliano, in its primitive construction of Norman origin, it was rebuilt several times, most recently in 1693, following the devastating earthquake that almost totally destroyed eastern Sicily, it has three entrance portals that allow access to the three naves.
The façade is embellished with a spectacular bell tower that reaches 48 meters in height.
In 1948, Pope Pius XII elevated the church to the rank of minor basilica.
We then move towards Town Hall Squarespace in which they overlook the Captain’s Court (beautiful example of a Renaissance building), la Luigi Sturzo Gallery (once the Garibaldi Theater), Palace of the Counts Gravinathe oldest in Caltagirone whose balconies are considered among the most elegant and important in Sicily, and the Town Hall Building.
Continue to the Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte, with its 142 steps decorated with different painted ceramics, with popular theme designs, evocations of Sicilian history and culture.
Then along via Luigi Sturzo you find yourself in front of the Magnolia Palace, a magnificent example of private Art Nouveau building built in the early twentieth century.
whose façade is entirely covered with terracotta with floral motifs that make it unique in its kind.
In the afternoon it resumes with a visit to a craft workshop ceramic in which it will be possible to witness the live processing of a ceramic product, finally reaching the Vittorio Emanuele Public Garden, one of the largest in Italy, built on a general project by Giovan Battista Filippo Basile of 1851, while, in 1915, his son Ernesto conceived the access to the villa and the school building and, at his suggestion, the grandiose floral style terracotta balustrade.
Departure for Syracuse and arrival at the Hotel is scheduled at 3.30 pm and then at the Greek Theater there will be the classical representation: Iphigenia in Tauride by Euripides.
The next day, Sunday 26 June, departure is scheduled for Canicattini Bagni.
The town, according to Tommaso Fazello (defined as the Father of Sicilian history) is of sure Arab origin, even if its etymology is still uncertain.
The territory is one of the many examples of “cultural landscape” in which nature and culture meet to form a very particular and varied historical, artistic and landscape complex.
Thanks to the remittances of many emigrants to the United States, the town’s urban layout was embellished, in the last century, with decent buildings, which make Canicattini Bagni an interesting phenomenon in the panorama of Sicilian minor Liberty.
Guided tour to Civic Museum Tempo (of the Textile, of the Emigrant and of Popular Medicine), an ethno-anthropological exhibition, hosted by the historian Cassarino Palace which tells about the life, the phenomena and the peculiar aspects of Iblean popular culture.
The section dedicated to Tissue proposes environments in which artifacts of the late ‘800 relating to the culture of the Iblean peasant civilization are exhibited, among which the most significant is the ammurgata cutra, a white cotton blanket woven on the loom, used for the holidays and for the wedding day.
Among the display cases in the room, there is a corner dedicated to dyeing plants that were also used in folk medicine and phytoalimurgy.
In the room there are also loom weights dating back to the Neolithic and a 19th century loom.
The section Emigration, accompanied by research tools such as inventories and documents from the historical archive of the Municipality, tells the adventure in the New World of people who found themselves catapulted into a completely different dimension from the one they had left at home.
In one of the rooms, the moment of departure is reconstructed through period objects, including the cart, used to reach the place of embarkation.
The section on Folk medicine proposes the recipes and remedies of the aromaticists and apothecaries who in ancient times treated diseases using the active principles of the medicinal plants of the Iblei.
Natural remedies are exhibited to heal from all kinds of physical and mental ailments, among which a true panacea was considered the Teriaca, composed of viper meat, angelica, incense, thyme, dandelion and many other medicinal plants.
Finally visit the monumental Bridge of S.
Alfano, valuable stone architecture built in 1796.
Above the bridge stands a work consisting of an arch-shaped opening supported by two walls on which there are niches, inside which there are two statues delimited by columns in relief.
From the bridge you can enjoy the view of a splendid landscape with the characteristic colors of Sicily.
In the afternoon walk in the Unpublished Syracuse: visit to the districts of Graziella and of Giudecca to Ortigia to discover the medieval soul of the city.
Walk along some typical streets of the historic center such as the ancient one Via Amalfitania, so called because it was once inhabited by Amalfi people who traded in the adjacent port.
La Graziella was the fishermen’s quarter, in the vicinity of which is the piscaria, the ancient fish market.
The name of the district, as in many other parts of Italy, derives from the devotion to the Madonna delle Grazie that the workers of the sea have elevated to their patron saint for centuries.
The architectural layout of the district still testifies to the Arab influence today.
Then through very narrow streets, once the cardines of the Greek fabric, you reach the ancient district of Giudecca, inhabited by Jewish families until 1492, the date of the expulsion edict from the Spanish Empire, for the visit of some Jewish monuments.
Syracuse is one of the few cities that, together with Venice, has an area called Giudecca in the historic center.
FromApollonionthe oldest Doric temple in Sicily, to the residence of the Mergulensi, with its medieval wells, from the early Christian site of Saint Peterthe oldest Syracusan church, datable to 326 AD with an elegant ogival portal, al Danieli Palace from the fifteenth century whose façade presents the entrance portal with a cuspid arch in Gothic-Catalan style, the transformations and urban additions of this suggestive part of the island of Ortigia will be viewed.
At 7.30 pm at the Greek Theater there will be the classical representation: Oedipus the king of Sophocles and subsequently to the departure from Syracuse.
For information and registration Tel.
091.8112571 – 346.8241076.
Sicilian news 2022-06-21 03:54:00