Walking through the streets of the city as an anthropological conquest, as a victory of human nature over the artifact that man himself has built: there are two images on which a similar idea is built. One is that of the maze, the city network. The other, that of Ulysses, who is the traveler who reaches out to find the way, and who finally learns that the way is always a return.
The city whose stratification we explore is ancient. Its foundation dates back to 729 BC. If we only think of this, here every corner seems to shine with the light of one of the spirits who have left their traces in this city: from the founder Evarco, to the deacon Euplo; from the magician Eliodoro to Ansgerio builder of the Cathedral; from Benedetto Fontanini to the Prince of Biscari, from Micio Tempio to Peppa to ‘Cannunera.
In the method, we approach the urban anthropology of Jane Jacobs Walk and her Jane’s Walk, the “Bloomsday” initiative, the day in Dublin where the urban (and literary) odyssey of Ulysses of Joyce, who was right to say: “If I can touch the heart of a city, then I can touch the heart of the world”.
In applying the method, we will not forget that our city has a stratification of XXVII centuries, all to be told, all to be explored, from the Greek origin of the foundations, to the Roman era, from the Byzantine to the Arab era, from the Normans to the Anions and from vespers to the Aragonese, from the Bourbons to the Risorgimento and up to modernity.
The awareness of one’s cultural heritage is a decisive point of interest in the formation of good citizens (didactic and educational value) and creates attention for tourists and patrons: after all, each city lives more in the literary portrait that is offered than in its geographic reality.