Culture & Hiking Event (Filippo Paladini, Palermo), Terme, Valle del Belice & Monte Monte Finestrelle


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Paladini introduced to Malta the gentleness and preciousness of Florentine Mannerism, which were added to the solemn manner of Matteo Perez d’Aleccio, the first artist to introduce the style on the island.”

After the successful launch of a Cultural angle to some of our hiking trips (Palermo in October 2023) and also in Malta in November, we intend to continue both the local cultural tours as well as the overseas ones.

In this one we will join VaiColTrekking for hiking and natural thermal bathing on the 15th – 17th March in Belice, Terme and Monte Monte Finestrelle (details of the VaiColtrekking event are included in the link) and we would then add 18th for a cultural tour of Palermo focusing on Filippo Paladini a Baroque / Mannerist artisit influenced by Polidoro da Caravaggio e Michelangelo Merisi (Caravaggio) and by the Florentine Mannerist period. Paladini has works both in Malta and Sicily (as well as elsewhere in Italy) and through these cultural angles we intend to explore overseas artists with a connection to Malta or Maltese artists with a connection overseas. Other such treks will follow.

The trekking itself is classified as light and you will also have the opportunity to enjoy hot spring baths (and spend a couple of nights on the resort itself) during this trip.

Some information about Paladini and his work:

Filippo Paladini or il Paladino (1544 -1614) was an Italian painter from Tuscany. In 1586 he was imprisoned and exiled to Malta (where he served on the galleys).

Baroque / Mannerist style:

  1. Altar of St Dominic in Chiesa San Domenico, Piazza San Domenico, Palermo.
  2. Caterina da Siena and Elisabetta d’Ungheria del 1605, both in the church of Sant’Ignazio martire all’Olivella di Palermo,
  3. San Luca painting la Madonna, Church of San Giorgio dei Genovesi, Palermo.
  4. la Galleria Regionale di Palazzo Abatellis è conservato il suo S. Francesco
  5. Negazione di Pietro, Palazzo dei Normanni.
  6. Church of Cita l’Estasi di S. Agnese da Montepulciano

His works in Malta include paintings in the Grandmaster’s Palace, Valletta as well as the Buschetto Palace and also – probably his greatest work on the island – the Titular Painting of James the Lesser – in the Church of St James in Valletta.

The cost (inclusive of the VaiColTrekking itinerary from the 15th – 17th Mar), accommodation and transport but exlcuindg flights is Euros 575 per person. if you are interested in joining this event from the 15th – 19th of March please follow this link to register.