Sicily

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 […]

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 […]

Sulphur, Sicilians, and the Exodus to the USA

Sulphur, Sicilians, and the Exodus to the USA

There is not one manufacturing industry in the world that can work without sulphur. When the industrial revolution took place in the 19th century, 90% of all the sulphur in the world came from Sicily. These are Sicilian sulphur miners: Why are they working naked? It was 40 degrees centigrade above ground and down in […]

A Palace in Palermo for Dreamers

A Palace in Palermo for Dreamers

To spend a night or two sleeping under the roof of a late 15th century Catalan Gothic palace in the Palermitan street where Giuseppe Garibaldi and his Red Shirts marched down triumphantly in May 1860, is for dreamers and ‘Sicilian palace architecture’ enthusiasts. The splendid palaces, which line both sides of Via G. Garibaldi, are […]

A Caccamese Gazetteer

A Caccamese Gazetteer

Street names are something we pass every day without giving them a second thought, yet hidden within a simple plaque are the sagas and histories of the towns we inhabit.  By way of example, we’ve decided to focus on our Sicilian home town, Caccamo.  Since 2008, we’ve spent part of the year in this microcosm […]

Michela Musolino October Tour Dates

Michela Musolino October Tour Dates

“As anyone who loves Sicily will tell you, Sicily reaches beyond the physical to touch one’s heart and very soul.” – Michela Musolino   Take the chill out of the crisp Autumn air with the passionate and fiery music of Sicily. In October, vocalist Michela Musolino will warm heart and soul when she sings Sicilian […]

Living under the Volcano

Living under the Volcano

    I was surprised to read in an essay from 1962 by translator Archibald Coloquhoun about how the Mount Etna volcano is rarely mentioned by Sicilian writers, perhaps because it has become such a part of their own personal landscape, they don’t even notice it any more. Thinking back on the books I’ve read […]

Jawhar the Sicilian, Founder of Cairo and the World’s Oldest University

Jawhar the Sicilian, Founder of Cairo and the World’s Oldest University

by Veronica Di Grigoli | Mar 19, 2014 Times of Sicily founder Giovanni Morreale and I were recently lamenting the fact that there are so many famous Sicilians nobody has ever heard of. Take the founder of Cairo, for example, who also founded the world’s oldest university. Cairo is going through turbulent times these days, […]

Book Review: Arabs and Normans in Sicily and the South of Italy

The early medieval period, in which Sicily was ruled first by the Arabs and then by the Normans, probably represents the island’s cultural, economic and intellectual zenith. It was certainly during this time that Sicily underwent the greatest degree of man-made change. For someone who wants to understand modern Sicily and examine all that is […]

An Interview with Andrea Camilleri

An Interview with Andrea Camilleri

by Andy Edwards | Jan 29, 2014       Andrea Camilleri came late to literary fame, after a distinguished career in theatre and film direction. His first novel, Il corso delle cose, wasn’t the spark that ignited the blue touch paper of success, that would only happen in the early 1990s with La stagione […]

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