Palermo Promises: Never Again

Palermo Promises: Never Again

On a recent spring-like January day in Palermo about 1,000 Palermitani forewent hanging out at Politeama or Foro Italico and instead spent the entire afternoon in Palermo’s city archives building. They came from all religious (and even non-religious) backgrounds to commemorate the anniversary of the tragic 1493 expulsion of all Jews from Sicily—driven out either […]

Days of Awe in Siracusa

Days of Awe in Siracusa

“I will not be false to David. His line will continue forever, his throne, as the sun before Me, as the moon, established forever, an enduring witness in the sky.” —-Book of Psalms, Psalm 89:36-38   I’m not an historian but I know Jews have been in Sicily for centuries. Even going back to the […]

Privatize This!

Privatize This!

The freedom-loving people of Castellammare del Golfo took to the sea Sunday morning, September 6, to protest the lack of access to those who want to swim in the sea in Scopello. It’s a bit of a complicated situation, as I understand it, which is why I find it interesting. It goes way back to […]

Programming Note: Castellammare on RAI2

Programming Note: Castellammare on RAI2

The hit national Italian tv program Sereno Variabile came to my Castellammare del golfo yesterday. They have been in the province of Trapani all week, filming three days in Castellammare and then three in San Vito Lo Capo. This travel and tourism program entertains and educates audiences on the national channel RAI 2 every weekend. […]

Is Sicily Going Out of Business? (Just Asking…)

Is Sicily Going Out of Business? (Just Asking…)

Is Sicily closing? I need to know. As an American living in Sicily and invested in a home here I really need to know if Sicily is going out of business. Today’s news that the famous putting of trains on a boat to cross the Strait of Messina may be eliminated (save for two overnite […]

Desperately Seeking Maria Venera

Desperately Seeking Maria Venera

“And these visions of (Venera) are now all that remain.”                                                                                    —Bob Dylan (more or less)   Following up a visit to Comiso last May, I decided to read a book by its native-born award-winning author Gesualdo Bufalino. A few things became clear to me early-on in my attempt to read Argo Il Cieco (first […]

Skiing In Sicily (You heard me!)

Skiing In Sicily (You heard me!)

On a beautiful autumn afternoon I found myself hiking the Madonie Mountains, dead in the center of the Sicily. Travelers in Sicily often pass and marvel at this range on the autostrada that connects Palermo and Catania. I was part of a trekking trip with two chapters of Club Alpino Italiano, from hereon called simply […]

Phil Stern’s War: The Allies Land In Sicily

Phil Stern’s War: The Allies Land In Sicily

With war more popular than ever these days, it seemed a good time to take a friend up on an invite to see a photo exhibit about the Allied landing in Sicily in 1943. The photos were by American celebrity photographer Phil Stern. That’s Phil Stern, famous himself for his black-and-white shots showing celebrities as […]

Amaro Averna: Made in Caltanissetta

Amaro Averna: Made in Caltanissetta

  Some people just complain, others act. I’m sure I fall into both categories, but at least this once I took a stand. I took action. I stepped up. When the news came that multi-international giant Gruppo Campari was buying Fratelli Averna, aka Amaro Siciliano, a post-dinner Sicilian liqueur, I worried for the economic impact […]

1 2 3