Impressions of Sicily

Sicily Photo by Michael David

A few years ago I visited Sicily, an island of history, architecture, stunning landscapes – and of course, Mount Etna. As soon as I got off the plane, Sicily’s warm, scented air assailed my senses in a way that only the Mediterranean can. The island has something for everyone – and the warm climate, great food and even warmer people will make any visit memorable.

Here are just a few of my images, from my trips to some of the magnificent churches of the capital -Palermo, and then on to Syracuse, Taormina, Agrigento and finally the towering Mount Etna and some of Sicily’s beautiful landscapes.

Statue at Entrance to La Capella Palatina, Palermo Photo by Michael David
Statue at the entrance to La Capella Palatina, Palermo

La Capella Palatina, Palermo Photo by Michael David
Breathtaking – La Capella Palatina, Palermo

Golden Mosaic, Church of Church of Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio Photo by Michael David
Stunning interior of Church of Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio (Martorana) Palermo

Fontana Pretoria, Sicily Photo by Michael David
There is so much history in Palermo – this square is one of many you must try and visit. Fontana Pretoria, Palermo

 

As this next series of images illustrate – Syracuse (or Siracusa, to give its Italian name) is a city of languid charm and stunning architecture…and tradition. The last image of Siracusa is the Diana Fountain, Piazza Archimede.

Piazza del Duomo, Syracuse, Sicily Photo by Michal David
Piazza del Duomo, Syracuse Photo by Michael David
Piazza del Duomo, Syracuse Photo by Michael David
The Diana Fountain, Piazza Archimede, Syracuse, Sicily Photo by Michal David

Taormina is an elegant and stylish resort but most of my time was spent at its most historic and dramatic location – the Teatro Greco. The Hellenistic theatre was built under Hieron in the 3rd century BC and enlarged by the Romans in AD2; it perfectly frames Mount Etna, far in the distance.

Teatro Greco, Taormina, Sicily  Photo by Michal David
Teatro Greco Taormina Sicily     Photo by Michal David
Mount Etna Photo by Michael David

The light in Sicily is incredible – crystal-clear and warm: Agrigento is most famous for the ‘Valley of the Temples’ – a string of Doric temples that stand imposingly on a ridge, south of the city.

Valley of Temples, Agrigento, Sicily Photo by Michael David
Sicily is full of history but also full of colour and humour — from the Sicilian ceramic heads that can be found, adorning houses, throughout the island, to Sicily’s beautiful narrow streets and the many statues and water features, throughout the capital – Palermo.

Sicilian Ceramic Heads, Taormina Photo by Michael David
Palermo Photo  by Michael David

Palermo, Sicily Photo by Michael David
No trip to Sicily is complete without a visit to the towering Mount Etna – it has ‘mini’ craters at various levels – but all are huge.

Sicily Photo by Michael David

Mount Etna Photo by Michael David

Thank you Sicily – I can’t wait to return…

 

Michael David is a London-based photographer who also worked in digital communications in the British government,  where he was also an official photographer. This included photo shoots at 10 Downing street and Buckingham Palace. Follow him on Twitter, and view his photography at http://www.michaeldavid-photography.co.uk . You can also read his photo blogs on https://michaelseye.wordpress.com.

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2 Comments

  1. KareninCalabria

    Gorgeous photographic tour of Sicily! I particularly like the Statue at the entrance to La Capella Palatina.

  2. Cosmo Blanda

    This is one of the Best Collections of Photographs that l have seen in a very long time. it is dream like, and unbelievable. I want to be there today.

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