Superstitions, folktales and incantations from Sicily

Superstitions, folktales and incantations from Sicily

Under the surface of established religion in Sicily there is an ancient faith which has existed for longer than Catholicism and still thrives in the popular beliefs of the island. Before the Catholic Church gradually came to Trincaria, many practices as old as Sicily itself, were passed down through time. Everything from folk medicine, nature […]

The truth behind Sicilian ceramic Moorish heads

The truth behind Sicilian ceramic Moorish heads

Sicily is famous for its ceramics, designed in the classic Maiolica glazed style with delicate baroque patterns. One of the most characteristic pieces of Sicilian ceramics and those who stimulate the most interest from visitors are the moorish head designs, which consist of pairs of pots, cups or jars which depict a fair skinned woman and […]

A Sicilian female trinity

A Sicilian female trinity

The cult of the Patron Saint was developed by the early church which used the established pagan desire for multiple gods to lead people towards the Roman Catholic  religion. Reinforced by the Spanish domination of eighteenth century Sicily, the Italian peninsular still finds itself celebrating endless saintly patrons during the year, a tradition also widely […]

A humble Sicilian olive harvest

A humble Sicilian olive harvest

There is something humbling about participating in a traditional olive harvest. Every couple of years I get to help out my husband and his family gather olives to make oil for our own family. Everyone loves the taste of good high quality oil and simply refuse to do without it. The harvest is only a […]

How to have an authentic experience in Sicily

How to have an authentic experience in Sicily

When people come to Sicily for a holiday they seldom venture out of the major cities and tourist towns which is an unfortunate as visitors really only get to see a tiny part of the island. The main tourist sites are important but the authentic face of the island really only comes out in the […]

The sounds and surprises of San Piero Patti

The sounds and surprises of San Piero Patti

I have many distinct memories from my childhood linked to the unique community formed by Sicilian migrants in Australia. One of the most vivid is of visiting my grandfather’s cousins who lived up in the hills outside of Perth, WA (Lesmurdi to be precise). I remember feeling as if we were going on an adventure, […]

The Dangerously truthful diary of a Sicilian Housewife

The Dangerously truthful diary of a Sicilian Housewife

So how on earth does a high-flying business consultant in London ended up living in a small fishing village in the provinces of Palermo? Veronica Di Grigoli’s book The Dangerously truthful diary of a Sicilian Housewife takes us on her own personal odyssey, navigating through many monstrosities, perils and everyday adventures along the way. The […]

The Sicilian Wife

The Sicilian Wife

Caterina Edwards’ novel The Sicilian Wife (Linda Leith Publishers, Westmount, Canada, 2015) is a clever interpretation of the Mafia noir genre, a great page turner which manages to evoke a refreshingly authentic portrait of contemporary Sicily. Edwards, a skillful storyteller delicately weaves together the stories and lives of two forthright Italian women, Fulvia the daughter of […]

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