Palermo: Sicily in a Nutshell with Enrica Bruno

Palermo: Sicily in a Nutshell with Enrica Bruno


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For centuries, Sicily has served as a bridge between North Africa, the Middle East, and the West. As the capital and the largest city, Palermo is a microcosm of the island itself. A cultural melting-pot, we see traces of Sicily’s historical roots all over the city: in architecture, art, and food. In this seminar, we will explore Palermo, a city full of contrasts, rich in history, and alive with Sicilian hospitality.

Sicily’s history is complex, with a long list of invaders and conquerors, all of whom have left their mark on the island. With over 2,700 years of history to study, we will discuss the early impacts of the Phoenicians, Greeks, and Romans. Next, we will see how the Byzantines shaped Sicily, followed by the Arabs, the Normans, the Swabish, and the Spanish.

Palermo is a multi-faceted and multi-layered city, a reflection of the island itself. From street food to street art, the city is alive with the richness of the past and the vitality of the present. Picking the best examples to share, we will discuss the marvelous architecture of the Eremiti and San Cataldo churches, the golden mosaics of La Martorana, and bustling food markets dating back to medieval times. We will also see the elegant palaces belonging to the powerful families who controlled Palermo under Spanish rule and later English domination.

We will also touch upon the impact of World War II on the city. Significant damage was done to the historic city center during the war. The aftermath brought with it post-war reconstruction that has gone unchecked for decades, expanding the city to a breaking point. The mafia wars have tainted the reputation of the city for many years, and we will discuss positive efforts being made today to release the city from the stranglehold of organized crime.

Led by an expert on art history, Enrica Bruno, this interactive seminar will share with you Palermo’s history, the largest city of Sicily. Designed to inform curiosity and future travels, participants will come away with an increased knowledge about the importance of Palermo during the centuries. They will get how unique Palermo is: a melting pot of different cultures.

Sicily native Enrico Bruno has a degree in Art History and is specialized in contemporary art. She is a member of the Outsider Art Observatory. Her field of interest is the research of unconventional artistic phenomena. She lived in the UK and Spain where she worked for the Italian Institute of Culture of Madrid. Her passion for the history, art, and food of her motherland led her to return to Sicily where she now shares the beauty of the island to curious travelers.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Enrica gave a great introduction to Palermo. Her presentation was organized and engaging with great visuals. We have been to Palermo before but learned quite a few things that we did know from our previous trip. Enrica also had a great sense of humor.

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Interesting look at Palermo and nice intro to the history of this diversely populated city.

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Palermo

Enrica gave a great introduction to Palermo. Her presentation was organized and engaging with great visuals. We have been to Palermo before but learned quite a few things that we did know from our previous trip. Enrica also had a great sense of humor.

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Interesting look at Palermo and nice intro to the history of this diversely populated city.