Elio Vittorini, between Caffè Minerva and the Spinoccia

The illustrious Syracusan novelist Elio Vittorini was inspired throughout his life by the places of his birthplace, which became a sort of sentimental route even within his novels.
In fact, the Sicilian writer always wandered between two places in Via Minerva: the more frequented Minerva bar and the Spinoccia brewery.
Places that, in the novel Il garofano rosso (The Red Carnation) published in instalments in the magazine “Solaria” between 1933 and 1934, then became the settings for some events under other names: Via Roma became the Parasanghea and the Bar Minerva, the Caffè Pascoli e Giglio.