Tag Archives: Archeology

Taormina, years after the Grand Tour

MircoMannino/ September 1, 2019/ Province of Messina, Taormina/ 0 comments

Taormina was officially founded in 395 BC by the exiles and survivors of the colony of Naxos.
The historical picture is the following: the colonists of Naxos, allied with Athens, clashed against Syracuse, an ally of Sparta, in a battle that ended with the heavy defeat of Naxos in 403 BC.
Dionisio I, tyrant of Syracuse, was implacable: the colony was destroyed and the survivors sold as slaves. The exiles who managed to escape the trafficking took refuge on Mount Tauro where groups of Sicilians lived practicing herding. In this area, around 395 BC, the city of Tauromenium was founded, whose name is inspired by the shape of the mountain on which it lies, with a vague form of a bull.

Naxos

MircoMannino/ August 17, 2019/ Giardini Naxos, Province of Messina/ 0 comments

Naxos was founded in 735 – 734 BC from the settlers from Calcide Eubea and the island of Naxos respectively – today’s Nasso – from which the colony takes its name.
A few years later, around 729 BCE, the same settlers who founded Naxos founded Katane (today’s Catania) and Leontinoi (today’s Lentini).
The foundation of Naxos takes place almost simultaneously with that of Syracuse, which took place between 734 and 733 BC. However, it is claimed that the first Greek colony to have been founded in Sicily is precisely that of Naxos.

The Cunziria

MircoMannino/ August 10, 2019/ Province of Catania, Vizzini/ 0 comments

This village, initially born as a purely rural village, was used as a Tannery around the eighteenth century, due to the particular characteristics of the area, favorable to the processing of leather tanning. The presence of a water source near the village, given by the Masera torrent, the presence of plants in the surrounding hills rich in tannins, such as the Sommacco and, finally, the presence of hills around the village in an optimal position for drying the leathers are some of the reasons why it was decided to make Cunziria here.

Motta Sant’Anastasia and its Neck

MircoMannino/ July 20, 2019/ Motta Sant'Anastasia, Province of Catania/ 0 comments

I speak about Motta Sant’Anastasia, a town of 12 thousand inhabitants whose characteristic is unique in all of Italy. It stands on a lava Neck. What is a lava Neck? Summarizing, the fortress on which the municipality of Motta Sant’Anastasia rises, was originally an eruptive cone produced by Etna in the Ice Age, around 500 thousand years ago. The magmatic material contained in the chimney solidified over time, preventing it from escaping from the cone. Parallel to this, the atmospheric agents gave rise to a progressive process of erosion of the external eruptive cone, thus causing the solidified magmatic material contained within to emerge over the millennia. The Neck, in fact, 65 meters high and made up of prismatic columnar basalts with a pentagonal or hexagonal section.

Casmene

MircoMannino/ July 13, 2019/ Buccheri, Province of Syracuse/ 0 comments

Beautiful people, today I want to show you a really curious archaeological area located between Buccheri and Giarratana 🙂
The archaeological area in question is Casmene, a former Syracusan colony founded in 644 BC, to militarily control and defend the central eastern area of ​​Sicily from a possible advance of Gela from the West to the East.
The same story was repeated 46 years later, with the foundation of Kamarina on the southeastern coast of the island, in order to protect the coastal area from a possible advance from the West.

Terravecchia

MircoMannino/ July 3, 2019/ Giarratana, Province of Ragusa/ 0 comments

Town built in the Arab era, it represents the continuation of Casmene, a Syracusan colony built in 644 BC. on Mount Casale, halfway between Buccheri and Giarratana and on the border between the province of Syracuse and the province of Ragusa. This colony, with the Roman invasion and the subsequent Arab invasion, was gradually abandoned in favor of Terravecchia. Walking along this archaeological area, my friends, is a truly unique experience. Do you know why? Because in the aftermath of that catastrophic 11 January 1693, the town of Terravecchia was left as it was.

Cava dei Servi: a hidden pearl between Modica and Ragusa

MircoMannino/ February 14, 2019/ Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto, Modica, Modica, Province of Ragusa, Ragusa/ 2 comments

Cava dei Servi is a spectacular river valley excavated by the Tellesimo stream, in an area between Modica and Ragusa, more precisely in San Giacomo.
It is thought that the name Cava dei Servi is linked to the theory that the Servants of God were here. Other sources, however, claim that the name “Servi” is to be associated with the fact that the less wealthy families, belonging to the lower social ranks, lived here.

San Marco Catacombs, between brushwood and oblivion

MircoMannino/ January 26, 2019/ Ispica, Province of Ragusa/ 0 comments

When we talk about Ispica, we immediately think of Cava d’Ispica, one of the most fascinating archaeological and natural areas in all south-eastern Sicily. There is an area near Ispica, however, which is inexplicably left to itself, as if all citizens had completely forgotten about its existence.

Sampieri and the Penna Kiln

MircoMannino/ November 27, 2018/ Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto, Province of Ragusa, Scicli, Scicli/ 0 comments

Sampieri is a small seaside village located about ten kilometers from Scicli. Initially a fishing village, this village had in the last few years an increasing interest so much to be a destination for tourists from Italy and abroad.A strong point not to be overlooked of this village is the beach, characterized by a fine and soft sand like that of the desert. The majestic dunes are the main features, from whose top you can have a magnificent view over the whole coast.

Article zero : Scicli

MircoMannino/ November 20, 2018/ Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto, Province of Ragusa, Scicli, Scicli/ 0 comments

In these first days I went around this fantastic and pretty town in south-eastern Sicily: Scicli! Famous in recent times thanks to the fiction of Montalbano, as well as the inclusion of the heritage of the Late Baroque Cities of the Val di Noto, Scicli has grown in recent years of increasing popularity. Now, in this article I want to indicate those that I think are the places that have fascinated me most of this town!