Art

Villa Romana del Casale

Travel Laundry Paper Soap With one week remaining in Sicily, we realized there were still a lot of sights on the island that we couldn’t possibly skip. So we rented a car and set out on a final road trip. First stop: Villa Romana del Casale. The world’s most comprehensive and exquisite set of Roman […]

Knights, Princesses and Brutality at the Puppet Show

A Visit To Palermo’s Puppet Museum The art of puppetry has a long history in Sicily. Since the Middle Ages, puppet shows have been one of the island’s most popular forms of entertainment. Thanks to the advent of television and radio, the shows are less important than they once were, but Palermo still boasts a […]

Palermo’s Gallería d’Arte Moderna

Great Hotels in Palermo We had been in Palermo for over two months by the time we finally got around to visiting its Gallery of Modern Art. I don’t know what kept us; perhaps the over-abundance of things to do in the city, perhaps a personal aversion to modern art. But upon finally visiting the […]

Palazzo Abatellis – The Regional Gallery of Art

List of Palermo Hotels One of the finest palaces in Palermo is the Palazzo Abatellis, found on Via Alloro in the neighborhood of La Kalsa. The massive building is host to the Galleria Regionale della Sicilia, which displays Sicilian art dating as far back as the 12th century. The palace was built in the late […]

Centro d’Arte Piana dei Colli

Sicilian Arts Fans of ancient painting, sculpture and architecture have no shortage of opportunities to indulge their passion in Palermo, a city whose artistic tradition stretches back centuries. But for those looking for something a bit more modern, we recommend heading out to the Centro d’Arte Piana dei Colli, in a marvelous villa just north […]

The Cathedral of Syracuse and its Plaza

More from Our Trip to SiracusaIntroduction | Temple of Apollo | Jewish Baths | The Neapolis | Chiesa della Lácrime | Noto The Piazza del Duomo in Syracuse is one of the more spacious plazas that we’ve seen while in Sicily, and definitely the most serene. The piazza is framed by gorgeous palaces, churches, cafes […]

The Genius of Palermo

The Genius of Garraffo Hey “Genius”, there’s a snake biting your nipple. An aging monarch seated on his throne and holding a snake, the Genius of Palermo is the mysterious emblem of the city. No one knows where it originated or what it truly symbolizes, but it has come to epitomize the city itself. The […]

Mikalsa Bar and Renzo Rubino

Music From Italy I would say it was a pretty successful night. We had discovered Mikalsa, a cool bar within walking distance of our apartment, and heard an incredible concert by Renzo Rubino, a local artist trying to make it big. Plus, we became instant addicts of Mikalsa’s home-brewed beer called Panormus, in honor of […]

Installation Artist Maurizio Ruggiano

Another collector we have visited: Nancy from Eggs N Tricities Some artists work with clay, others with watercolors. Many use spray paint cans and empty urban landscapes, while others busy themselves with pastels. And, as we’ve now learned, there are some artists whose medium consists of discarded junk found on street corners. Maurizio Ruggiano belongs […]

Sculpture Artist Daniele Franzella

Nativity Scenes From Italy From the regal statues of the Quattro Canti to the delicate stucco work inside the Oratorio di San Lorenzo, it’s apparent that sculpture has always played an important role in Palermo’s art scene. We had the chance to meet one of the city’s modern sculpture artists, Daniele Franzella, who showed us […]