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Ortigia under the Sicilian Summer Sun

Posted by Suzanne Turrisi on 25 Jul 2018



The colours of Ortigia, sun soaked and sea washed fade under the intensity of the Sicilian summer.

Sun soaked houses by the sea and baroque palazzi

Ortigia’s meandering Lungomare di Levante Elio Vittorini faces east to the Ionian Sea and drenched by the morning sun the pastel facades- pink, pale blue and sand have a sunbathed clarity.

Sicilian green doors, open against walls of pink to the streets in behind Ortigia's baroque duomo, once a Greek temple dedicated to Athena. The paved stones of Piazza del Duomo, the tall ancient Greek columns of the duomo and the exuberant baroque palazzi bordering this glorious piazza pale under the hot sun. 

And the odd worn, pale facade looms above the promenade of the seafront of the Porta Marina di Ortigia.

Shade and a few Ortigian images

Tourists walk the shady sides of the streets and sit beneath open café umbrellas to escape the dry heat of a Sicilian July.

Scroll through the dozen or so images of Ortigia, glorious under the Sicilian sun.





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