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Black Madonna Witnesses, Grieves, and Endures

Black Madonna Witnesses, Grieves, and Endures

This Lent has been a pilgrimage from ashes to lilies, with snow and sleet in between. Frost and flurries have prevented spring from fully arriving, but in Sicily,…

Siciliana: Studies on the Sicilian Ethos and Literature by Gaetano Cipolla

Siciliana: Studies on the Sicilian Ethos and Literature by Gaetano Cipolla

  Book Review by Marco Scalabrino The present volume, which has a moving image by Giulia Di Filippi on the cover and which the author dedicated to his…

Are the Sicilians African, or European?

Are the Sicilians African, or European?

The Arabs and Normans ruled Sicily in medieval times, and left a legacy I see all around me in Sicily today. I see Arabs in the girls with…

Book Release – Sicily: A Literary Guide for Travellers

Book Release – Sicily: A Literary Guide for Travellers

A Journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step… The castle sits atop a rocky spur, overlooking a valley floor covered by a reservoir serving Palermo. …

Roger II, Sicily’s Greatest King

Roger II, Sicily’s Greatest King

by Anthony Di Renzo | Mar 23, 2014 Roger II, Sicily’s greatest king, died 860 years ago on February 26. The nephew of Robert Guiscard and son of…

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Travel / Life in Sicily

Black Madonna Witnesses, Grieves, and Endures

Black Madonna Witnesses, Grieves, and Endures

This Lent has been a pilgrimage from ashes to lilies, with snow and sleet in…

Easter Celebrations in Sicily and in Palermo (“La Santa Pasqua”)

Easter Celebrations in Sicily and in Palermo (“La Santa Pasqua”)

Since early times, eons before the Jewish-Christian religion expanded in the known world, the period…

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Arts

Book Review: Arabs and Normans in Sicily and the South of Italy

The early medieval period, in which Sicily was ruled first by the Arabs and then by the Normans, probably represents the island’s cultural, economic and intellectual zenith. It…

The Torrent of Art

The Torrent of Art

by Marian Watson Virga | Feb 22, 2014 What do Antonio Presti, patron of the arts and creator of the Fiumara d’Arte sculpture park, and Rosario Crocetta, President…

Sport

An American in B: Palermo is Risen

A quick update on Palermo soccer Me to Palermo Soccer: Are you the king of Serie B? Palermo Soccer to me:…

An American in B: Kingdom of the Two Castellammares

An American in B: Kingdom of the Two Castellammares

by Gary Drake | Mar 20, 2014 Soccer and Culture meet again as I travel from one Castellammare to the other!…

History

Are the Sicilians African, or European?

The Arabs and Normans ruled Sicily in medieval times, and left a legacy I see all around me in Sicily today. I see Arabs in the girls…

Sicilian Language Topics

Learn Sicilian with Peppa Pig!

Many Sicilians, when you ask them if they speak Sicilian, look at you as if they are the Queen on a royal walkabout and you just said,…

English Language Topics

The Sicilian Project: American Style!

Don’t look now, but a group of Sicilian-Americans is doing something besides telling each other how much they love cannoli and pasta and Godfather movies. You are…

Books Music Movies

Brooklyn Birth: Sicilian Soul

Florida | Apr 14, 2014 Goose River Press is pleased to announce the publication of Brooklyn Birth: Sicilian Soul  by Celebration, FL resident  F. Anthony D’Alessandro.  The…

Education

Are the Sicilians African, or European?

The Arabs and Normans ruled Sicily in medieval times, and left a legacy I see all around me in Sicily today. I see Arabs in the girls…

People

Sicilian Nun, Cristina Scuccia, goes viral after singing on The Voice

by Daniel Kenyon | Mar 20, 2014 Sister Scuccia’s performance has over 13m views on YouTube. Singing nuns are by no means a new phenomenon. Besides being…

Sicilian Genealogy

Finding Your Sicilian Ancestors: I Know My Ancestral Town – Now, What?

       Naturalization papers and passenger manifests can identify the towns where our Sicilian ancestors were born. Such information is also sometimes available in newspaper articles,…

Entertainment

Magnificent Etna, a Member of the Family

by Diana Belchase | Mar 07, 2014 Here in the U.S., the movie, Pompeii, released this past weekend.  It was a dazzling film, filled with inaccuracies, but…