Sicily – 20 moments from the life of Syracuse

Photos: Adrián Szász dr.

Ortygia – the historical centre of Syracuse – attracts special characters

Syracuse (Siracusa) is a 2700-year-old city of Sicily, founded by Ancient Greeks. Described by Cicero as “the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all”. The other Syracuse in the state of New York, United States – that was founded in the 19th century and now has a population of 145 000 – was named after the classical city. The Sicilian (or Italian, or Greek) Syracuse has a downtown listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. It’s name is Ortygia (Ortigia) and it’s located on a small island that is connected to the southeast corner of Sicily. Ortygia is full of memorable faces with welcoming smiles on them. To spend a few days in this Val Di Noto Baroque place is like becoming a character of a novel. A novel with lot of colors, humor, style and sea(food), of course. And – hopefully – a big Happy End! 🙂 Now, I will guide you through it by my photos in 20 steps.


Sicily – 12 moments from the life of Taormina

Photos and text : Adrián Szász dr.

Colors and faces of Corso Umberto, the town’s VIBRANT main street

The Sicilian poet Renzino Barbera lived for 86 years between 1923 and 2009. During this time he woke up every morning as if he were born, and in the evening he lay down as if he were to die. “So I lived much more than anybody else“, he explained this sophisticated attitude. We don’t know if today’s Sicilians are consciously following the guidance of their artist predecessor, but it’s sure: they can live! We were convinced of this during our 10 day trip to the southeast region of Europe’s seventh largest island. From Taormina through Syracuse to Ragusa, visiting the filming locations of the Godfather film trilogy, the Sicilian chocolate capital and the rocks of Odysseus. In the first step, as a result of this journey I present a slice of Taormina life in 11 photos + 1 music to you.