Super Sicily

Jan Migenda — 0 people follow the author

In 2017, my university in Germany did a study tour to Sicily ... I will give you lots of history and photos from this intercultural place!

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  • Catania City

    On our last day in Catania, we saw these painted silos near the port. These bronze statues near the sea were missing a part, so I decided to hop in ... did I do it well? You decide! This is the town hall of Catania, opposite the main building of the university, at...

    0 by Jan, in Erasmus blog Catania 2 years ago
  • Etna Peak

    After 90 minutes of hard work, we finally arrived at the highest point we could reach - close to the peak! The summit itself was hidden in clouds, but it was amazing to think that we were so close! From time to time, the clouds went away so we could see some snow on...

    0 by Jan, in Erasmus blog Catania 2 years ago
  • Etna Sign - YOU SHALL NOT PASS (?)

    Near the end of the trail, we reached as sign saying "Access forbidden" because the paths would not be regular anymore and the peak would be too close ... however, we took a photo behind the sign just 'cause. Thug life - no risk, no fun. :P Here you can see a troll...

    0 by Jan, in Erasmus blog Catania 2 years ago
  • Etna Station

    As we went on, the ascent became very steep below the lift ... for every step you went, the ash made you slide backwards a bit. We definitely did not skip leg day here ;) The rock formations had very sharp edges, and sometimes, you could see vapour rising from holes...

    0 by Jan, in Erasmus blog Catania 2 years ago
  • Etna 2

    Meanwhile, we had come to a point where thick fog was everywhere ... we looked like survivors in an apocalyptic film. More and more of our people emerged from the grey fog, and we marched onward. Every now and then, we made a break on grassy patches, the last plants...

    0 by Jan, in Erasmus blog Catania 2 years ago
  • Climbing the Etna: First Steps

    The Etna is, with about 3,300 metres above sea level, the highest active volcano of Europe. UNESCO accepted it into its list as World Natural Heritage! According to mythology, the god Hephaistos/Vulcanus has his forge under the volcano; also the philosopher Empedocles...

    0 by Jan, in Erasmus blog Catania 2 years ago
  • Enna Castle

    Sometimes when you come to a peak, you realize it was just another step in your further progression (Seneca). The first visitor's platform looks small from above now ... We actually climbed the Norman castle! The platform in the background, behind it you can see the...

    0 by Jan, in Erasmus blog Enna 2 years ago
  • Enna 2

    Here you can see one happy dude celebrating the view ... ... namely these wavey mountains with the linear pattern ... ... the city on the green hill with its historical buildings .. ... and the bright sunlight over it all.

    0 by Jan, in Erasmus blog Enna 2 years ago
  • Mountains of Enna

    After passing Megara Hyblaea, we went up the mountains to see Enna, also known as Belvedere because of the nice view around. In 139 BC, a slave war erupted here, but the leader Eunus was defeated by Roman troops ... The city lying on a hill, we could see very far over...

    0 by Jan, in Erasmus blog Enna 2 years ago
  • Castello Ursino Museum

    In the next parts of the museum, we saw this marble shrine with divine beings and heroes on it ... it must be valuable! This red-figure vase shows a rich banquet ... people back then knew how to party! On this Greek inscription, you can read "Phlabios" which is...

    0 by Jan, in Erasmus blog Catania 2 years ago
  • Catania Museum / Castello Ursino

    In a museum close to the theatre, we saw this marble sarcophagus decorated with city scenes and flowery motives. Renaissance art in the form of still lives with fruit were a nice change ... ... this one also had a fountain in the background. The Norman castle...

    0 by Jan, in Erasmus blog Catania 2 years ago
  • Catania

    The second last day, we finally arrived at Catania, the island's second largest city. Since 2002, the historical part of the town is UNESCO world heritage alongside with other cities of Val di Noto. Poets like Ibykos whose sensual poems were received by Schiller and...

    0 by Jan, in Erasmus blog Catania 2 years ago
  • Naxos

    Passing this island in the sea (a good place for a castle?), we went to the bay of Naxos. At home, we have some dried rose leafs from there ... it would be a promising place! The idyllic villages in the hills watch over the bay while a great ship rushes into the...

    0 by Jan, in Erasmus blog Taormina 2 years ago
  • Taormina City

    In the colourful city of Taormina, we saw these crafty porcellaine heads ... the style clearly shows oriental influence, although the artwork in itself remains European heritage. The massive facade of the cathedral was rounded and blank ... a pretty common style in...

    0 by Jan, in Erasmus blog Taormina 2 years ago
  • Taormina and the Bay of Naxos

    Here's another view of the bay of Naxos ... you can see the beach! This picture also shows some ships in a lagoon ... dolce vita! Here is the theatre again, but with a wider view of the hills in the background ... On this peninsula, there seems to be a white villa...

    0 by Jan, in Erasmus blog Taormina 2 years ago
  • Taormina - Goethe was here!

    The next day, we went to see Taormina where Goethe famously was for a bit. The entrance gate greeted us in red and with some columns in front of it. We actually have a picture of this in our living room, and only now I realised what it really was! Behind the blooming...

    0 by Jan, in Erasmus blog Taormina 2 years ago
  • Crotone 4 - Classical and Roman Age

    From the Archaic and Classical Period, we can see these meandering patterns which were used on walls for decoration. This Roman mosaic shows a bear hunt with dogs - dangerous! On this red-figure vase, you can (again) see a man chasing a woman ... ah, these...

    0 by Jan, in Erasmus blog Italy 2 years ago
  • Crotone 3 - Bronze Age

    The third part of the museum showed us parts from the Bronze Age, for example this spear. These bronze swords are typical of these times with their ornamental handle. Paintings like these reconstructions of Bronze Age people help visualize the times. Entering the...

    0 by Jan, in Erasmus blog Italy 2 years ago
  • Crotone 2

    In the next part of the museum, we saw this terracotta dragon's head. This is a gravestone for a beloved woman: It reads D<3M Fabia Sperata Sallustis; the rest is not legible anymore. Apparently, they had also invented leetspeak back then ... just kidding. This is...

    0 by Jan, in Erasmus blog Italy 2 years ago
  • Crotone

    After passing the Capo Colonna, we arrived at Crotone, where we saw the Archeological Museum. Here you can see early ceramics with animals such as goats drawn unto them. This black-figure vase showed war scenes (maybe about the Trojan War as so often). This...

    0 by Jan, in Erasmus blog Italy 2 years ago

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