Via Grisley, where Vincenza and the Narrator lived and where my great-grandmother moved when she remarried. The house with the graffiti on the door was her home.
This modern sculpture/monument was commissioned to be placed below the steps leading to the Piazza San Vito (the highest point in Bronte) where five Brontese were shot on August 10, 1860, the orders given by Garibaldi's lieutenant, Nino Bixio, in response to a peasant uprising in early August. Alfiu Saitta is pure invention, but the uprising and expeditious trial and punishment are not.
"Ficarindia? Prickly pears? No...no..." The cousin cups her mouth. "Why the very thought..." Reference: page 273.