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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.

The Torre San Filippo

MircoMannino/ June 24, 2019/ Giarratana, Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto, Province of Ragusa, Ragusa/ 0 comments

Of considerable difficulty to reach, the Torre San Filippo was built in the 800 by the owner of the homonymous feud in order to better control its territorial area. This complex of buildings is truly unique to the viewer. The first thing that catches one’s eye is the church with its neo-Gothic facade, which conveys the idea that the landowner had a certain aesthetic taste when he decided to build his own palace here.

The Macallè of Santa Croce!

MircoMannino/ May 9, 2019/ Province of Ragusa, Santa Croce Camerina/ 0 comments

I am talking about Macallé, a dessert that can be found throughout the region and in all the provinces of Sicily, the only difference you will find will be the type of ricotta used (if vaccinated, ovine or caprine) and the name with which the product will be presented: Macallè in the province of Ragusa, Cartoccio in the province of Catania and Palermo, while here and there can also happen to find the word Rollè!

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!