The Eastern Etna Riviera
Land of artistic inspiration
The painter and etcher Jean-Pierre Houël, when he obtained permission and financing for his Grand Tour in Italy, also did not fail to make a stop in this part of Sicily. It had such a strong impact that he returned to stay for four years, visiting every part of the region. Everything beautiful and culturally interesting that he saw was then depicted in the monumental work, Voyage pittoresque des isles de Sicile, de Malta et de Lipari, full of panels and etchings created with the aquatint technique.
Etna and the surrounding area presents itself as a rich concentration of mysteries, fables and legends that are reflected in a great many literary, poetic, pictorial and cinematic works that have increased its fame and mythical aura. From a literary perspective, two of the greatest Sicilian writers, Verga and Pirandello, set many of their works in these evocative places.
The Etna territory, full of art and ancient cultures and traditions, is also a legendary place for cinema. There is no shortage of directors who have taken inspiration from the place. Among the many, we cannot fail to mention: Luchino Visconti, Giorgio Strehler, Epstein, Buñuel, Pasolini, Straub, Bolognini, Zeffirelli and Lavia.
In more recent years, Etna and the interiors of the Palazzo Biscari in Catania and the Castello degli Schiavi in Fiumefreddo di Sicilia were the settings for the Coldplay video “Violet Hill“, showing the whole world (almost 70 million views) the rugged beauty of this land.