Beat the February Blues: Join AMI on a free, virtual walk through Ortigia, Sicily

Are you longing for sunshine and a visit to a place you’ve never been? Let AMI take you on a virtual guided walk through Ortigia, a tiny, magical island off the southern coast of Sicily. Tour guide Elisa Ottaviano will be with us to share her vast knowledge of the history and culture of this historic centre of ancient Syracuse, a UNESCO world heritage site.

What’s the idea behind this adventure?

We all know about the physical and mental health benefits of exercise, but it’s not always easy to find the time and motivation to get up and move. Yes, we will be on Zoom, but we won’t be sitting still: fitness instructor Maria Fragapane will get us up on our feet, keeping us moving during our hour-long virtual tour. You can participate in the physical part as much or as little as you choose from the comfort of your own home.

The event is free! Click here to register to join us on Sunday, February 13 at 10:30 am sharp. Everyone who participates will be entered in a draw to win a door prize, too — a surprise souvenir of your short trip to Italy!

Frequently Asked Questions

It will be on Zoom (not Google Meet). When you register, you will be sent a link.

Those who show up are eligible for a draw for our door prizes: gift certificates from Pâtisserie Amaretti, a family-run traditional Italian bakery and pastry shop in Rivière des Prairies, and from Berchicci, an importer of fine cheeses and Italian specialty foods. (Fun fact for Nutella fans: Berchicci was the first to import that famous hazelnut-chocolate spread to Canada.)

More details:
2 X $50 gift cards for the Italian specialty store Berchicci
From Patisserie Amaretti: One cake of choice, to feed 15-20 people
                                          One cake of choice, to feed 10-12 people
                                          One gift certificate, $20. (in-store only)

Yes you do 🙂

Nope! While physical health and mental health are connected, we want you to participate as much or as little as you wish, or according to your capabilities. But we do encourage you to play along as you experience the tour.

We suggest having a chair handy just in case you need it for balance, and also some water. Wear your walking shoes and comfortable clothes.

Worried about being watched or looking silly? Don’t worry–you won’t be on camera!

The city of Ortigia is notable for its Greek and Roman history, culture, architecture, and as the birthplace of the mathematician and engineer Archimedes. On the tour you will see Piazza Archimedes with the fountain Diana at its centre. We will take a walk through the Cathedral of Syracuse built in the 7th-century over the Greek Temple of Athena that was built in the 5th century BC, and learn of its rich architectural and cultural history. A short distance from there we will see the Temple of Apollo which dates back to the 6th century BC and represents a transition in Greek architecture between temples with a wooden structure and those built completely out of stone.

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