May 11 2016 / Local Interest

FOR SALE – A Des Res in Rural Sicily

Maniace, Sicily

In the foothills of Mt. Etna, near Bronte, lies an English stately home. Curiously, it belonged to the family of one


February 9 2016 / Events

Carnevale at Acireale

Acireale, Sicilia

Billed as “il piú bel Carnevale di Sicilia”, (the most exciting and fun in all of Sicily), this is purely


December 10 2015 / Art & Archaeology

The (Digital) Return of Caravaggio’s Nativity

Palermo, Sicilia

Sadly among the top 10 works of art most sought-after by Italy’s investigative forces, Caravaggio’s early 17th century masterpiece, the


November 5 2015 / Food & Wine

The Devious Temptress of San Vito Lo Capo

San Vito lo Capo, Sicilia

For the ancient Greeks and Romans, la sirenetta (“the mermaid”) was the devious temptress wooing sailors off course, leading them


October 16 2015 / Food & Wine

Marettimo’s “Fish-Bait Wreath”

Marettimo, Sicilia

As you approach the Marettimo trattoria with leaping blue dolphins painted on the side, you know you’ve found the right


August 6 2015 / Places

Ortigia, Sicily: Syracuse’s Island

Isola di Ortigia, Sicilia

Driving away from Trapani under a cloudless late spring sky, my rental Cinquecento and I began our four hour drive


July 17 2015 / Places

Le Spiaggette di Scoglitti, Sicilia

Scoglitti, Sicily

A balmy evening along the little beaches of Scoglitti… perfect for a stroll. The sun sets, taking the heat of


June 8 2015 / Places

Lipari: Among the Volcanos

Lipari, Sicilia

Nestled amongst the Aeolian Islands, Lipari is the largest island of this volcanic archipelago in the Tyrrhenian Sea north of


May 26 2015 / Places

ALLIED LANDINGS IN SICILY MUSEUM

Catania, Sicily

Close to Catania’s railway sidings and the main station is an unused brick factory called ‘Le Ciminiere’ which has been


April 13 2015 / Places

Città del Gattopardo

Santa Margherita di Belice, Sicily

Santa Margherita di Belice, Sicily – Readers of the Sicilian classic Il Gattopardo will recognize the name of the palace


February 18 2015 / Places

Height + Wind = Awesome

Mount Etna, Sicily

Awesome! …a word that has become trivialized from overuse. Yet an enthusiast of national parks expects a certain amount of


December 17 2014 / Places

Santa Margherita di Belice

Santa Margherita di Belice, Sicily

In 1968, an earthquake in the Belice Valley of western Sicily caused many devastated villages to relocate and start over.


October 30 2014 / Places

The Windy Isles

Lipari, Sicily

Have you got some holiday leave left over? Because it is still summer here and now is the time to come


June 13 2014 / Local Interest

Palermo’s Belle Epoque

Palermo, Sicilia

Not many hotels inspire. In fact many of them are sad, grimy establishments. Not so the Grand Hotel et des Palmes. You only


April 29 2014 / Places

Gangi, il Borgo dei Borghi

Gangi, Sicily

Every year in Italy there is a competition between towns and villages to decide which one is the Borgo Più


February 28 2014 / Food & Wine

Pasta col Nero di Seppia

Cefalù, Sicily

As you know Italian cooking is regional and seasonal, so no polenta down here and probably not much pasta con


February 26 2014 / Food & Wine

World’s Best Street Food

Palermo, Sicily

The world’s oldest – and best – “street food”? It’s that of Palermo where – for centuries – the piazzas


February 20 2014 / Places

Crown Jewel of the Madonie

Polizzi Generosa, Sicily

Polizzi Generosa, on the western slopes of the Madonie Mountains attracts hikers, cyclists and skiers to the nature reserve, the


February 10 2014 / Food & Wine

Color My Winter Blood Orange

Italy

I’ve been checking daily at my corner supermarket, running around town knocking on fruit shop doors, and visiting the twice-a-week,


February 6 2014 / Local Interest

Castelbuono’s Equus Asinus

Castelbuono, Sicily

Many things don’t function properly here, as in quite a few other places in Italy. One of them is the