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Times of Sicily Mag Hot off the Press

Times of Sicily Mag Hot off the Press

After 5 years of an increasing and continuing online presence, the Times of Sicily is now proud to say that it is launching its first paper magazine.  It is hoped that Edition 0 2016/17 will be the first of our annual releases, representing a variety of content, from the fields of art, ancestry, current affairs, […]

John Peter Sloan takes a bet on Sicily

John Peter Sloan takes a bet on Sicily

John Peter Sloan takes a bet on Sicily and opens a school of English in Menfi. Sloan, that most famous of English teachers, who has revolutionised teaching methods for both children and adults, has decided to transfer to the province of Agrigento. John Peter Sloan, the popular actor and writer of dozens of English textbooks, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Back to Basics in Basicò

Back to Basics in Basicò

  “If two hundred people leave Basicò every ten years, and there are no births or relatively few, it will be a ghost town in a short period of time,” says Antonino (Nino) Casimo, now seven months the mayor of Basicò. “The place could die. Isn’t that sad?” Located between between the towns of Milazzo […]

US Navy MUOS in Sicily Remains Deadlocked

US Navy MUOS in Sicily Remains Deadlocked

The future of the MUOS (an acronym for Mobile User Objective System) slated for the Niscemi military facility in Sicily remains deadlocked. The US satellite communications station under construction by US and NATO Allies in the Sughereto nature reserve near Niscemi remains yet to open for operations because the Supreme Court in Rome rejected the […]

Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Truth and Lies

Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Truth and Lies

Increasingly, as consumers, we are beginning to realize that the industrial production of food has a series of consequences, not only for our health, but also for our planet. Agribusiness is big money and, therefore, it is no surprise that millions are spent converting natural ecosystems to pander to the tastes of the developed world. […]

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 […]

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