Sicily Through the Centuries: An Introduction with Cetty Spoto

Sicily Through the Centuries: An Introduction with Cetty Spoto


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Dig deep into the culture and history of the mystical island of Sicily in this introductory seminar. With a history spanning 3000 years, Italy’s largest region has been controlled by almost a dozen civilizations and countries - from the Phoenicians to the Normans. Home to everything from archaeological ruins to nature reserves, the island offers something for everyone.

Yet travelers to Italy do not always visit the stunning island, and if they do, it may be part of a cruise route with a brief stop in Palermo or Messina. Although it’s a good taster, this doesn’t even scratch the surface of the island. This seminar hopes to offer participants a well-rounded introduction to this Mediterranean jewel through an exploration of various Sicilian aspects. We’ll virtually visit a number of interesting sites on the island as we discuss Sicily’s colorful history. We’ll see wonderful examples of Sicilian architecture and art, and we’ll spend a decent chunk of time talking about Sicilian food (of course!)

We will start with Monte Pellegrino, the site of Palaeolithic cave-wall engravings and home to one of the world’s most stunning nature reserves. From here we’ll travel across the island to discover how the influence of Phoenician, Greeks, Arabs, Jews, Normans, and Spanish has made Sicily a unique and ever-evolving region, with its own identity, very different from the rest of Italy. Taking in sites such as Selinunte and Segesta, Siracusa and Palermo, this seminar will highlight well-known treasures as well as hidden gems of Sicily.

Led by architect and local guide Cetty Spoto, this seminar will introduce learners to the history and culture of Sicily. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an appreciation for the largest island in the Mediterranean.

Cetty Spoto holds a degree in architecture from the University of Palermo. After her graduation, she moved to the United States where she attended a course in interior design at the New York School of Visual Arts. After many years in Boston and New York, where she worked for several architectural firms, Cetty returned to Sicily, her native land, and now leads cultural tours in Palermo and beyond. Her walks are infused with her interests in architecture and the history of arts.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

Based on 31 reviews
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Historical context

I visited Sicily about 10 years ago on a one week tour. Although the tour was great I felt I didn’t really have a good understanding of how the various cultures flowed through the island but was fascinated by the fact that Sicily was the center . Cetty did a great job of putting it all in perspective for me. Can’t wait to return and see the wonderful sites again with a new appreciation.

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Sicily History

The presentation was centered more on architecture than I expected.
Hearing was difficult - volume
Her Italian/English impeded quick understanding.
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The basis of the presentation including the photos and the stories is interesting but with such a short lecture time it only just touches on the history of this complex island. Unfortunately the presentation ran into problems on the technical side and much was lost in time and in the overly expanded photos that cut off much of what one would want to see. Sicily is such an interesting destination but the presentation altho full od promise in end did not merit as one of Contexts better efforts.

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Enjoying Sicily with technical difficulties

Catty Spoto was informative and covered a lot of ground and a wide range of aspects of Sicily. However, for much of the 90 minutes the images were cut off so the viewers didn’t get the whole picture and text. I didn’t understand why the monitor didn’t help Cetty correct this. Also at at least one point the whole presentation broke down for a few minutes. I hope Cetty gets the technical aspects corrected. I would take another session with her.

Customer Reviews

Based on 31 reviews
61%
(19)
19%
(6)
16%
(5)
0%
(0)
3%
(1)
M
M.H.
Historical context

I visited Sicily about 10 years ago on a one week tour. Although the tour was great I felt I didn’t really have a good understanding of how the various cultures flowed through the island but was fascinated by the fact that Sicily was the center . Cetty did a great job of putting it all in perspective for me. Can’t wait to return and see the wonderful sites again with a new appreciation.

b
b.g.
Sicily History

The presentation was centered more on architecture than I expected.
Hearing was difficult - volume
Her Italian/English impeded quick understanding.
Definitely should emphasize architecture -

M
M.

Guest did not leave comment

N
N.

The basis of the presentation including the photos and the stories is interesting but with such a short lecture time it only just touches on the history of this complex island. Unfortunately the presentation ran into problems on the technical side and much was lost in time and in the overly expanded photos that cut off much of what one would want to see. Sicily is such an interesting destination but the presentation altho full od promise in end did not merit as one of Contexts better efforts.

A
A.
Enjoying Sicily with technical difficulties

Catty Spoto was informative and covered a lot of ground and a wide range of aspects of Sicily. However, for much of the 90 minutes the images were cut off so the viewers didn’t get the whole picture and text. I didn’t understand why the monitor didn’t help Cetty correct this. Also at at least one point the whole presentation broke down for a few minutes. I hope Cetty gets the technical aspects corrected. I would take another session with her.