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Sicilian Baroque

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Thursday, 17 February 2011 17:48

Sicilian Baroque

Fully matured only after the flowering of reconstruction followed the devastating earthquake that hit the Val di Noto in 1693.

Before that date the Baroque style had struggled to establish itself in the island affected by the indigenous architectural tradition medievale late Renaissance and classical architecture has only recently established itself in the island. In the second half of the seventeenth century, however, the direct or indirect knowledge of the great architects of Baroque Rome had already experience fully mature Baroque.

Following the 1693 earthquake, local architects (many of them trained in Rome) and the designers and artists from elsewhere, they found an abundance of opportunities to create a sophisticated Baroque style popular at the same time and cultured, strongly characterized rooted in the territory. In the penultimate decade of the eighteenth century style then ended up being replaced by new fads that brought the neo-classicism.

The era of Baroque Sicily with her style, richly decorated, perfectly reflected the social history of the island, and came to symbolize the nobility of his swan song, leaving a mark on the island of architectural identity.


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Moscato di Noto

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Saturday, 25 September 2010 12:33
Moscato di Noto DOC is a wine whose production is permitted in the province of Siracusa.

Tasting notes

* Color: golden yellow, more or less intense amber
* Odor: characteristic, fragrant muscat.
* Taste: a light aroma, characteristic of muscat.

 

People from Noto

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Sunday, 19 September 2010 15:46
People from Noto

* Ducezio, (488 BC-440 BC) legendary king of the Sicilians
* Ibn Hamdis, (1056-1133) Arab poet of the eleventh century home Netino
* San Corrado Confalonieri (1290-1351) patron of Noto and Calendasco
* Aurispa John, (1376-1459) humanist XIV, XV century
* Saints Bonfanti, (1959) general of the Italian army
* Matthew Carnilivari (XV century), architect
* Littara Vincent, (1550-1602) poet and theologian
* Joseph Scala (1556-1585) scientist, among the authors of the Gregorian calendar
* Rosario Gagliardi (1698-1762) architect of the reconstruction of Noto
* Vincenzo Sinatra, (1720-1765) architect, student of Gagliardi
Deodato * Corrado Maria Moncada, (1736-1813) archbishop
* Matthew Rael, (1812-1875) politician and patriot of the Risorgimento
* Peter's Chair: (1839-1885) politician
* Ruggero Romano (1895-1945) mayor of Noto and Minister of Public Works of the Italian Social Republic
* Ernesto D'Albergo, (1902-1974) economist
* Corrado Curcio (1903) writer and philosopher
* William Giaquinta, (1914-1994) Bishop
* Raffaele Gentile (1914) political
* Peter Nigro, (1939) writer
* Mimmo Fusco (1947-2005) journalist and commentator Rai
* Alfonso Belfiore (1954) composer
* Fortunato Di Noto, (1963) religious
* Mark Basile (1974) actor
* Sgroi Vittorio, (1926-2002) lawyer, professor, judge, First President of the Supreme Court of Cassation

 

River Asinaro Noto - Siracusa

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Tuesday, 24 May 2011 18:01
The river Asinaro (Ασὶνᾶρὀς in greek, as handed down by Thucydides 7.84) was born on the slopes of Mount Gregory Middle (655 m asl), near the current head of the Water (between Noto and Palazzolo Acreide), where there is a center of Joint NATO radar sighting. Flows into the Ionian Sea in the area of ​​Calabernardo after 22 km, and after several ingrottamenti (like the Anapo and Tellaro) amid beautiful areas of Mediterranean.



History
River torrential character, almost unknown, however, was the scene of an epic battle between the unknown and just as the Athenian army commanded by Nicias and the Syracuse (413 BC). The battle was epic because the fate of that battle, disastrous to the Greeks of Athens, derived the collapse of military, political and social life of this great city, lighthouse, until then the civilized world.

The battle was carried out by the Syracusans and a small handful of men from the nearby Akrai, Akraion Lepas, Thucydides calls it, that is the rock of Akrai (only 6 km from the site), who were intercepting the vanguard of Athens, with technique " guerrilla hit-and-run. The Athenians, far superior in number, were bottled on the banks of the river, and surrounded, were slaughtered. Those who surrendered ended their days in the quarry (quarries) Stone of Syracuse. From the defeat Athens never recovered.
 

After World War II to the reopening of the Cathedral

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Thursday, 09 December 2010 18:49

After World War II to the reopening of the Cathedral

After the Second World War began the process of migration to the northern regions of Italy, Germany, France, Belgium, Argentina, the USA and Canada. In recent years there has been an economic recovery, due to the development of tourism, which is the main resource of the baroque city. On 13 March 1996, the dome of the cathedral collapsed due to a lack of construction and structural overload determined by the building of a concrete slab above the nave. The city has been listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 2002. At the end of a long and complex restoration, the church was reopened after seven years of work June 18, 2007.
 
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