Syracuse

Classical Plays at the Greek Theater of Syracuse 2016

Classical Plays at the Greek Theater of Syracuse 2016

A season all about women. Electra by Sophocles, Alcestis by Euripides and Phaedra by Seneca are three of the classical plays on scene at the Teatro Greco in Syracuse. In the amazing frame of one of the most beautiful and stunning monuments in the world, Fondazione Inda, which in 2015 signed the record number of […]

Sicily on the Couch

Sicily on the Couch

It would no doubt be interesting if one could put an entire region or country on the couch, in psychiatric terms, in order to examine its neuroses and foibles, to highlight where it might be going right or wrong.  In the perpetually dysfunctional world in which we all seem to live, the results would be […]

Of Gods and Monsters…

Of Gods and Monsters…

Sicily is an island so imbued with myth and legend we thought it might be useful if we took a look at the main characters involved in any Trinacrian mythology; particularly keeping a weather eye on how they relate to each other in that complex Greco-Roman family we have all inherited.  It wasn’t so long […]

Eureka! Archimedes the Mathematician, Engineer and Crime Fighter

Eureka! Archimedes the Mathematician, Engineer and Crime Fighter

We all know the story of Archimedes flooding his bathroom, leaping out of his bath, and dashing stark naked through the streets shouting “Eureka!” in excitement at his discovery of the Archimedes Principle of water displacement. But exactly which city’s streets did the world’s first flasher actually dash through? For years I thought it was somewhere […]

Book Release – Sicily: A Literary Guide for Travellers

Book Release – Sicily: A Literary Guide for Travellers

A Journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step… The castle sits atop a rocky spur, overlooking a valley floor covered by a reservoir serving Palermo.  The Norman barons would have seen a river wending its way through the steeply carved basin.  At the foot of the castle, the warren of medieval streets […]