LESSONS ON HOW TO RECLAIM A CITY: ADDIOPIZZO

LESSONS  ON  HOW  TO  RECLAIM  A  CITY:   ADDIOPIZZO

As I stood under the tree in front of Teatro Massimo, the opera house in Palermo, listening to Stefano explaining the origins of Addiopizzo (Goodbye  Protection Racket), I couldn’t help but be fascinated and in awe of this young musician who had voluntarily taken on such a brave and laudable cause.    Well-travelled, multi-lingual and with […]

FAVARA: Bringing it back to Life

FAVARA:  Bringing it back to Life

Favara, near Agrigento, up until recently was only ever known for its drastic unemployment, urban architectural eysores and mass emigration and it was certainly never included in any tourist itinerary to Sicily.   That was until Florinda Saieva and Andrea Bartoli, two local professionals, decided to put it permanently on the map. Both lovers of contemporary […]

THE STARGAZING SHEPHERD

THE STARGAZING SHEPHERD

As we drove up – unannounced – Lorenzo Reina, the sculptor/shepherd from the Fattoria dell’Arte Rocca Reina, was getting ready to puff sulphur over his grapevines.   We were given a friendly welcome.   After a short time spent chatting about his life-long project of successfully combining his love of art with the running of a working […]

Sicily Cut in Half

Sicily Cut in Half

  This island is one of the most beautiful in the Mediterranean, if you have already visited.  If you haven’t yet, you will find some of the best scenery, beaches, history, culture, good food and wine which few places offer up all in one go, as they do here. On the surface all things seem […]

Anyone For an Ice Cream Sandwich?

Anyone For an Ice Cream Sandwich?

Of course, absolutely everyone knows that ice cream was invented in Sicily.   As long as you ignore the fact that there was another version ‘made in China’ 2000 years BC, of overcooked rice, spices and milk which they buried in the snow to solidify.  But that is not what I call ice cream. Now […]

International School Palermo: A School with a Mission

International School Palermo: A School with a Mission

Schools in Italy, and in many parts of the world, are constantly making news. Not, unfortunately, for their merits however, but more for their failures in the present educational system. Strained teacher/parent relationships and accusations of antiquated teaching programmes in state schools, plus the almost anarchic classroom atmosphere all make for a desperate uphill struggle […]

Unknown Gold in Sicily

Unknown Gold in Sicily

by Marian Watson | Cefalu’ – Mar 11, 2014 Lately, as is the custom every year in this part of the world, friends are arriving on the doorstep weighed down with plastic bags full of oranges and lemons picked from their own trees. Our important dose of vitamin C is being squeezed to death daily, but […]