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Casa Belvedere Sponsors Historical Novel about Sicily

Casa Belvedere Sponsors Historical Novel about Sicily

Foundation Continues Exploration of Italian National Identity through Literary Project      (Grimes Hill, Staten Island, NY)   All roads lead to Sicily via Staten Island. The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere is sponsoring an online fund raising campaign to support Trinàcria: A Tale of Bourbon Sicily. Written by Anthony Di Renzo, this historical novel—like […]

A Cent’Anni, Man from Mazzara

A Cent’Anni,   Man from Mazzara

         I call him Uncle Tony. The business world addressed him as Mr. LoMonaco.  To my mother, he was Fratuzzu Nene. Nene was one of my mom’s favorite people and one of my childhood heroes. Born on November 21, 1911 in Mazzara del Vallo, Sicily, he is a certified centenarian.     I looked forward […]

Commissario Montalbano vs Inspector Morse

Commissario Montalbano vs Inspector Morse

      It seems that every nation has its favourite fictional copper and, if they’re successful enough, they stretch beyond the borders of their own country: Denmark has Sarah Lund, Sweden has Kurt Wallander, Spain has Pepe Carvalho and France has Laure Berthaud. Some are literary, some are televisual and some are both – the […]

The “Meddlesome Priest”

The “Meddlesome Priest”

          Two cathedrals, two branches of the same dynasty, a scandal and a murder. It sounds like the plot for a history novel, but it’s the real story behind the connections that link two seemingly distant islands: Sicily and Britain. As one branch of the Norman clan crossed the English Channel, another was breaching […]

Enna’s Mythical Past

Enna’s Mythical Past

     On a clear day, the elevated city of Enna is visible from much of central Sicily.  However, winter mists often shroud its ancient secrets.  Described as the island’s navel, Enna lies at its geographical heart and at the core of one of its most enduring myths: the story of Demeter and Persephone. The […]

The Legendary ‘Riviera dei Ciclopi’

The Legendary ‘Riviera dei Ciclopi’

     The spectacular island of Sicily is viewed by many as a legendary land full of mystery and enchantment. This vision is perfectly represented by the ‘Riviera dei Ciclopi’, or Riviera of the Cyclops, which is a stretch of coastline north of Catania leading from Aci Castello to Acireale. This is such a beautiful part […]