An Island of Light and Shadow: ‘The Invention of Sicily: A Mediterranean History’ Review

Wed, 07/21/2021 - 02:14
Ruins of the Ancient Greek Theater in Taormina

There are few places in the world that batter the senses like Sicily. The outline of Mt Etna burns onto your retinas against a pure blue sky, while the chirps of cicadas echo in your ears. Rich, fried, carb-heavy foods that seem unthinkable in such a hot place pleasantly grease your throat before you take in the heady bouquet of a glass of Nero d’Avola. Visitors can explore staggering ruined wonders at Syracuse, Taormina, and Agrigento. Our ideas of Sicily are shaped as much by t

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