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Scicli: photo description (Scicli)

Scicli is a city in the province of Ragusa in Southeast Sicily. It is located at 308 km from Palermo and 25 km from the provincial capital of Ragusa. Together with seven other cities of the Val di Noto UNESCO world Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO.

The first people on the territory of modern Scicli appeared in the copper age, and the permanent settlements date from the early bronze age (3 million years BC to 1500 BC). The city itself was founded around 300 BC sikuli - probably hence the name Scicli. In the Middle ages as the rest of Scicli Sicily was ruled by Arabs, the city flourished as an agricultural and commercial center, and then, in 1091, was conquered by the Normans, led by Roger I. In 1282 Scicli was one of the settlements involved in the infamous Sicilian Vespers and rebels against the rule of the Angevin dynasty.

After the devastating earthquake in 1693, most of the town was rebuilt in the style of "Sicilian Baroque", which gives Scicli its current elegant look, which attracts many tourists. Among the main attractions of the city can be called the Church of San Matteo, standing on the same hill in the old part of the city, the Church of Santa Maria La Nova, with a huge neo-classical facade and a statue of the Madonna della pietà of cypress and the Church of St. Ignatius, which houses a revered icon of the Madonna dei Milicia. The attention of tourists is always attracted Palazzo Fava is one of the first and largest Baroque palaces in the city. Particularly noteworthy decorations of the main portal, executed in the late Baroque style. Other buildings that can boast the splendor of a unique style of "Sicilian Baroque", is City Hall,, J. spadaro, who met Palazzo and Palazzo Beneventano.

Scicli often becomes a film set for various films: recently here was directed by Marco Bellocchio removing "the wedding planner". In addition, the city is famous for its religious celebrations, especially the celebration of the adoration of baby Jesus, which takes place on Christmas eve in the caves surrounding Scicli. These caves, called Karapura, was hollowed out in the volcanic rocks and was inhabited until the mid-20th century.

Easter in Scicli celebrate the parade of the "Uomo vivo", which involves a long procession passing through the city. In March, from Scicli to the neighbouring town of Donnalucata go horseback riders in costumes. But the most picturesque sight is the religious festival in honor of Madonna dei Milicia, celebrated in may. It is held in memory of the apparition of the virgin Mary riding on a white horse with a sword in his hand. This phenomenon was inspired by the Norman Christians to combat the Saracens in 1091.

Finally, Scicli is famous because of its surrounding area is full of greenhouses in which are grown premise - fresh fruits, exported throughout Italy.