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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 […]

The Spanish Inquisition in Sicily

The Spanish Inquisition in Sicily

Sat in a comfortable Victorian drawing room, Graham Chapman from Monty Python turns to the lady of the manor and says “I didn’t expect a kind of Spanish Inquisition”.  The doors fly open and in rushes Michael Palin in full ecclesiastical regalia: “Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition.  Our chief weapon is surprise, surprise and fear, […]