Writing Sicily

Just being surrounded by the ancient and invigorating culture and history of Sicily can be an enormous inspiration. A writer needs certain raw materials to work with, and Sicily supplies these in spades.

Sicily – The Perfect Writing Retreat

For a relatively small island, Sicily packs one hell of an artistic heft. Legions of painters, sculptors, playwrights, poets, and novelists have hailed from, been inspired by, or produced their best works on Sicily. What is it about this island that brings out such a profusion of artistic productivity and excellence? And could Sicily work its magic for you? If you’re a writer in search of the perfect location in which to knuckle down to your magnum opus – a place which will both inspire you and let you work in peace – could Sicily be the answer?

Sicilian WritersSicilian Writers

Modern audiences may be familiar with the detective novels of Andrea Camilleri, featuring the Sicilian Inspector Montalbano. These are enjoyable bestsellers worldwide, and have undergone adaptation for the screen. But the gruff detective is far from the only literary credit to Sicily’s name. Who could forget Guiseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa’s ‘The Leopard’ – widely considered to be one of the best historical novels ever written. It charts the fortunes of the aristocratic Sicilian Salina family during the Risorgimento– and the island of Sicily itself is just as much of a central player as any of the Lampedusa’s human characters. The great Goethe also sang the praises of Sicily, stating that “To have seen Italy without seeing Sicily is not to have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything”. Not even the peerless poet Coleridge was immune to Sicily’s charms. And let’s not forget the ancestors of modern literature, who also fell under the spell of the muse of Sicily. Ancient poets and playwrights like Aeschylus and Pindar produced their best works in Sicily. Going back even further, the myth-makers who launched Ancient Greek culture chose Sicily for the setting of a pivotal myth – that of the abduction of Persephone. Clearly this is an island which exerts a considerable pull over the poets and storytellers of the world.

Inspirational Sicily

Inspirational Sicily

All writers are different, so it would be wrong to make any generalisations as to why, precisely, Sicily appears to bring out the muse in so many. Some writers like peace and quiet in which to work, while others find isolation with a blank page intimidating and would rather have a little hubbub in the background! Some write as a form of therapy, while others do it to entertain themselves and others. Some write with political purpose, others through a spirit of sheer whimsy. No two writers are the same, so it can’t be stated with any certainty that what has worked for great writers in the past will work for you. However, having said this, Sicily does present a few general advantages for writers. For a start, it’s incredibly beautiful. Since the dawn of human civilization, writers and artists have drawn inspiration from natural beauty, and many modern writers are no exception. Modern science is now backing up this empirical knowledge through studies which appear to prove that spending time in beautiful, natural surroundings really can boost the brain’s creative powers. Sicily is, of course, hardly short of stunning natural landscapes. The congenial climate of Sicily may also help the budding writer. It’s arguably easier to concentrate if your body feels relaxed and happy than it is if your brain is distracted by things like cold and so forth then it’s more difficult to knuckle down to the business of writing.

Creative Culture

Then, of course, there is the cultural factor. Just being surrounded by the ancient and invigorating culture and history of Sicily can be an enormous inspiration. A writer needs certain raw materials to work with, and Sicily supplies these in spades. This is an island of intrigue, romance, tragedy, and comedy. It’s an island of incredible stories, which cannot fail to inspire. Not to mention the fact that today’s writers heading to Sicily will doubtless be aware of the great footsteps they’re treading in. The cultural ghosts of writers past may well draw on new generations to great literary feats. As such, Sicily’s artistic past feeds and perpetuates its future. If you are looking for the perfect location in which to find inspiration or get to work on your creation, Sicily could well be what you’re looking for.

Dive in and explore

This month, you can also explore the fascinating history of the Mediterranean’s largest island in our Sicily exhibition, on until 14 August.

The BP exhibition Sunken cities: Egypt’s lost worlds opens on 19 May. Featuring stunning objects that have been submerged under the sea for a thousand years, it will showcase the rich interaction between ancient Egypt and the Greek world. It’s likely to be very popular, so make sure you book in advance! This month, you can also explore the fascinating history of the Mediterranean’s largest island in our Sicily exhibition, on until 14 August. May is also your last chance to see smaller exhibitions and displays on shoes from the Islamic world, British hoards and the Pacific god A’a

Sicily

Discover a cosmopolitan island where the unique mix of peoples gave rise to an extraordinary cultural flowering. The art and objects they produced are some of the most beautiful and important in the history of the Mediterranean.

Sicily
culture and conquest

Until 14 August 2016

‘historically illuminating and visually stunning’
★★★★ The Times

★★★★ The Guardian

★★★★ The Telegraph

The largest island in the Mediterranean, Sicily has been shaped by waves of conquest and settlement over 4,000 years.

This new special exhibition tells Sicily’s fascinating stories – from the arrival of the ancient Greeks, to the extraordinary period of enlightenment under Norman rule.

Discover a cosmopolitan island where the unique mix of peoples gave rise to an extraordinary cultural flowering. The art and objects they produced are some of the most beautiful and important in the history of the Mediterranean.

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Jena – Palermo

Sizilien ist eine Insel der Superlative: Mit 25.711 Quadratkilometern und einer Küstenlänge von 1150 Kilometern, mediterranem Klima und traumhaften Mittelmeerstränden lockt die größte Insel im Mittelmeer Jahr für Jahr Millionen von sonnenhungrigen Touristen an.

Markt in PalermoSizilien ist eine Insel der Superlative: Mit 25.711 Quadratkilometern und einer Küstenlänge von 1150 Kilometern, mediterranem Klima und traumhaften Mittelmeerstränden lockt die größte Insel im Mittelmeer Jahr für Jahr Millionen von sonnenhungrigen Touristen an. Doch Sizilien hat noch weit mehr zu bieten. Grund genug, um die touristischen Highlights Siziliens sowie die Flugverbindungen von Flughäfen nahe Jena zu beleuchten.

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Längste Torte der Welt ist Sizilianisch

Agrigento in Sizilien, bekannt durch das Tal der Tempel, das Mandelblütenfest und Commissario Montalbano, kann ab sofort eine andere Berühmtheit zur Liste hinzufügen: Die weltweit längste Obst-Torte !!

Agrigento in Sizilien, bekannt durch das Tal der Tempel, das Mandelblütenfest und Commissario Montalbano, kann ab sofort eine andere Berühmtheit zur Liste hinzufügen: Die weltweit längste Obst-Torte !!

Längste Torte der Welt ist Sizilianisch

  • 1.600 kg Crème Chantilly all’italiana
  • 5.300 Eier
  • 520 rechteckige Tortenböden
  • 500 kg Mehl
  • eine Tonne Zucker
  • 1.000 Liter Milch

Dies sind nur einige Zutaten der längsten Torta alla Frutta der Welt. Gut 606 Meter dieses Naschwerkes mit einem Gesamtgewicht von fast 3 Tonnen zielen auf einen neuen Weltrekord und somit den Eintrag ins Guinnes Buch der Rekorde.

So geschehen anläßlich der “Sagra delle Mandorle”, dem Blütenfest der Mandelbäume in Agrigento, Sizilien.
Gestern Nachmittag präsentierten Konditor Giulio Roberto und Sohn Carmelo ihr Meisterwerk  in der Viale della Vittoria.

Weitere Zutaten unter anderem 500 Liter frische Sahne, 500 Liter Sirup aus Wasser, Zucker und Orangen, 300 kg Kiwi in 30.000 Scheiben geschnitten, 60 Kisten Orangen in 16.800 Scheiben geschnitten, 50 kg gehackte und geröstete Mandeln.

Rund 100 Schüler halfen ab morgens um 5.00 Uhr beim Aufbau der Mega-Torte damit sie dann ab 14.00 Uhr bewundert und anschließend natürlich auch verzehrt werden konnte. Bravo Maestro Roberto !!