Siracusa, Ortigia

Siracusa (Syracuse) is a typically Mediterranean town, which stretches into the sea with the island of Ortigia (Ortygia). In Ortigia time really seems to stand still on the edge between the Greek ruins, medieval alleys and Baroque palaces. Connected to the mainland by three bridges, the island of Ortigia is the oldest settlement of Syracuse. Walking the streets of Ortigia was like doing an amazing journey through time.

Ortigia, Siracusa, Sicilia
Ortygia’s western seafront. On this stretch of sea were fought several battles in antiquity.
Siracusa, Temple of Apollo
Temple of Apollo
Passeggio Alfeo, Ortigia, Siracusa
Passeggio Alfeo, Ortygia’s promenade.
Siracusa, Piazza Duomo
Piazza Duomo
Fountain of Diana, Ortigia Siracusa.
Fountain of Diana
Fonte Aretusa, Ortigia, Siracusa
Fonte Aretusa, Papyrus grows in this source of sweet water.
Ortigia, Siracusa
The dock of the Porto Grande in Ortigia.



Matera, the “Sassi”

Matera, in the Basilicata region, is not a well-known town outside of Italy. Although, perhaps, many have already seen some glimpses of the town in a few international movies of religious character. The most famous is probably “The Passion of the Christ” by Mel Gibson.


Mount Eiger

Barn with Mount Eiger
Barn with Mount Eiger, Grindelwald, Switzerland.


Noto, Sicily

The town of Noto is a baroque jewel perched on a plateau overlooking a valley covered with citrus groves. It is easy to visit. All the monuments are on the main road. Its beauty comes from the tragic earthquake of 1693, after which the city was rebuilt in limestone, which over the years has taken a golden tint and a beautiful rose. The Baroque towns of Noto Valley has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002.


Temple of Castor and Pollux in Agrigento, Sicily.

Temple of Castor and Pollux in Valley of the Temples in Agrigento with the city in the background.