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Siena

Siena

On the other side of the Chianti countryside from Florence is Siena, a Tuscan town rife with tradition and mood. Siena is best known as the site of the Palio. This twice-yearly, bareback horserace is held in the central Piazza del Campo, the heart of this UNESCO city. The Palio is a race that can…

The Triumph of Death: Mysterious Plague Painting in Palermo
Art & Architecture | Museums and Exhibits | Sicily

The Triumph of Death: Mysterious Plague Painting in Palermo

Throughout the long, lonely months of our modern pandemic, I’ve been thinking about a dark and mysterious painting in Palermo known as “The Triumph of Death.” Known in Italian as Il Trionfo della Morte, the painting hangs in Palazzo Abatellis, a regional gallery in the Kalsa quarter of the Sicilian capital. Measuring 6 m x…