Sicily

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, […]

Meeting Antonin Scalia

Meeting Antonin Scalia

               When Ronald Regan nominated Antonin Scalia to the United States Supreme Court in 1986, my Sicilian father was ecstatic. Finally, he thought, some positive publicity about Sicilians! Scalia’s family had emigrated from a small town near Caltanisetta, and to have one of our own appointed to the highest […]

Why were Ten Percent of Sicilian Babies Abandoned?

Why were Ten Percent of Sicilian Babies Abandoned?

I was excited last month to get a pressie from one of the leading experts in Sicilian genealogy. A novella, set in olden-days Sicily. The author, Angelo Coniglio, usually helps people people in America trace their Sicilian roots, and turn up a thousand or so relatives who all want to feed them more than their […]

How to Annoy a Sicilian

How to Annoy a Sicilian

Despite their reputation for having a volcanic temperament, Sicilians are actually a phlegmatic bunch. I’m endlessly amazed by what they’ll put up with, patiently, politely, and uncomplainingly. But, if you must, here are the Seven Secret ways to irritate a Sicilian from here to next Sunday. On Monday, make fun of his white vest. I once […]

How to avoid Liver-ache, getting hit by the air, and other Sicilian Diseases

How to avoid Liver-ache, getting hit by the air, and other Sicilian Diseases

Sicily has all kinds of medical conditions that don’t exist anywhere else. Here’s a comprehensive list, just in case you get one of them on holiday. Your doctor at home will know nothing about them. 1. Cervicale, caused by getting hit by the air (colpo d’aria) The dreaded cervicale is a pain in the neck, and […]

A Bank Vault full of Priceless Treasure in Siracusa

A Bank Vault full of Priceless Treasure in Siracusa

I first visited Siracusa two summers ago. The highlight of my trip was visiting the Medagliere (numismatics treasury) in the Archaeological Museum and getting to know its charming curator, Rosalba Riccioli. Blonde and vivacious, Rosalba’s passion for the 2,500-year-old gold coins and jewellery in her care – and the intriguing stories behind them – is […]

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