Susanna Bellafiore Editore
My name is Susanna Bellafiore and I was born in Palermo in 1956 under the sign of the Monkey, according to the Chinese calendar.
I studied and obtained my degree in Architecture in Palermo. Thanks to a scholarship at the Islamic and American University of Cairo, I was introduced to the study of the History of Islamic Architecture and of the Arabic language. In particular, I deepened the knowledge of the correlation between the Cairene and Palermitan architecture from the twelfth to the fourteenth century. This was the topic of my dissertation and of my very first publication.
After becoming an architect, I attended the ‘Scuola di specializzazione per lo Studio ed il Restauro dei monumenti’ at the University of Rome and obtained the diploma with a dissertation on the Cuba of Palermo, which later, in 1984, inspired my second publication. In that same year, while I was still attending the School in Rome, I published a volume titled “ La Casa Islamica”.
I participated for various years in the cultural activities of the Palermitan Section of the Italia Nostra Association, of which I am still a member.
In 1984 I started working for the Sovrintendenza per i Beni Ambientali ed Architettonici of Palermo and was engaged in the restoration works of various monument in Palermo and Trapani.
In 1996 I decided to quit my job and to start a new path working as a freelance. In those years I collaborated with the Province of Palermo for the restoration of the Palazzo Celestri S. Croce.
The new millennium brings a new light on my life: the need for more spirituality determines a radical change in my lifestyle. I became interested in the study of nutrition and Chinese medicine; I started practicing Shiatsu, obtaining the relative diploma, as well as Qi Gong and meditation.
In 2013, as can be expected from a “real monkey”, another change occurs.
I decided to become editor in order to republish the books of Giuseppe Bellafiore, my beloved uncle, who was like a second father to me and who has always been by my side during both my professional and private life. To him I dedicated my attentions and care during his last years.
Now, I would like to propose again his studies and his books on the history of architecture in Sicily, so that his academic and human figure could be remembered.