Bellini and The Norma: taste and culture

Who has never listened to “Casta Diva”, possibly performed by the Greek soprano Maria Callas? Well, this famous composition is taken from the most popular work of Vincenzo Bellini, well-known composer from Catania, to whom, in his city are dedicated the Teatro Comunale, the Villa Comunale, the Airport and the “Istituto superiore di Studi musicali di alta formazione”. Vincenzo Bellini was born in Catania in the 1801; after obtaining a subsidy from the Intendente of Vallo (indeed, his family was … Read More

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The Roman Theatre of Catania

One could hardly imagine that in via Vittorio Emanuele, one of the main streets of Catania, stands a Roman theatre built in the first century A.D. on a pre-existing Greek structure from the fourth century B.C.  The theatre for its structure – in part perfectly preserved and not visible from the street – leaves stunned both the tourists and the citizens of Catania. The Roman theatre is located above the southern slopes of the Montevergine hill, which became the location … Read More

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Benedictine Monastery

I think that few people haven’t heard about the fame and glory of the Benedictine Monastery. Heritage of the UNESCO since 2002, the Benedictine Monastery, “jewel of the late Sicilian baroque”, is the second largest monastic complex in Europe and, since 1977, hosts the “DiSUM”, the Humanities Department of the University of Catania. So let’s get more inside into the history of this small, so to say, local pearl. The first stone was placed in 1558, when the Benedictine monks … Read More

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Italian Sounds – phonetics

Italian sounds can be hard, words seems strange and difficult to write, here you have an easy way to learn these sounds and learn how to write well Italian. In this list you can see how words canbe pronounced: Letter C changes depending on which vowel comes after: / Ka/  /Ko/  /ku/ CA – CO – CU CASA – CAPO – CALZE Comodo-COLLANA- COMPAGNO CUCINA-CULTURA- CURRICULUM / ʧ / CI  – CE CIBO-  CIPOLLA – FACILE CENTO – NOCE- CELLULARE /ki/ … Read More

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Sicilian granita and its seasons

Ladies and Gentlemen we could not tell you something about Sicilian granita. Since the topic and the season allow, we will speak about Mrs granita, its colours and the possible combinations. Granita is one of our traditional food, good for breakfast, luch or dinner; sicilian people are used to eat it a lot. It could seem an ice cream but it doesn’t. Who brought granita to Sicily? We know, our land has been a long time dominated by different populations, … Read More

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