We stood on the deck of the hulking cargo ship, through the bluster and drizzle in the Strait of Messina, both of us feeling something like sailors docking at an unfamiliar port of call. My new acquaintance, a Genovese Ph.D. student in anthropology named Giacomo, explained to me that he’d rarely ventured south of Rome, much less ever been to Sicily...

Today, the enigmatic pachyderm mentioned by the geographer sits atop an 18th-century fountain in the middle of a piazza. The fountain was constructed in the 1730s by Sicilian architect Giovanni Battista Vaccarini, who appropriated the city’s by-then legendary elephant as its centerpiece. Vaccarini draped a marble saddle cloth over the elephant that...

Lunedì 12 marzo 2018, dalle ore 9.30, in occasione dell’anniversario dell’omicidio del poliziotto italo-americano Joe Petrosino, avrà luogo a Palermo la giornata commemorativa nei luoghi che lo videro ospite durante il suo soggiorno nel capoluogo siciliano, 109 anni fa, presso l’Hotel de France – Casa del Goliardo, oggi gestito dall’Ersu come fores...

The moment it first occurs to me that Catania is Italy’s most underrated city, I’m zooming along the Ionian coast on the back of a silver scooter as my new friend Daniele steers us toward a stretch of shoreline called the Cyclops Riviera. Daniele is a philosophy grad student I met while wandering around the University of Catania, part of which is h...

Dal 2 al 6 febbraio scorsi, ENIT Usa – con Sicilia Convention Bureau, Convention Bureau ItaliaeComune di Catania- ha portato un gruppo di buyer del turismo congressuale USA in Sicilia per il Famtrip“DiscoveringSicily& The Feast of St.Agatha” tra Catania, Siracusa, Taormina e l'Etna. Oltre al tour alla scoperta dell'Etna, la delegazione americana ha...

Like the big, sweet onions of Vidalia, Ga., the tiny dusky lentils from Le Puy in France, and prosciutto from the area around Parma, Italy, there’s something so special about the pistachios grown here in the foothills of Mount Etna in eastern Sicily that they have been granted government protection. In Italy, when chefs use those pistachios, they p...

Supercar makers have long known that parked next to that snarling Lamborghini, a racing-red Ferrari, or stately Bentley at some of the globe’s toniest addresses is a practical SUV. With the sport utility vehicle market growing by leaps and bounds, they increasingly want in on the profits. Lamborghini unveiled the once-improbable Urus SUV on Monday...

A little after 2 p.m. on an impossibly muggy summer day in June, I squeeze my sweaty, 6-foot-1-inch body into the passenger seat of Antonio Puliafito's shiny black Maserati. As excited as I am about speeding along the Italian coast in a luxury convertible, Puliafito isn't showing off what his nifty '90s-era, 6-cylinder Italian sports car can do. He...

Located at the foot of Mount Etna, which often provides thrilling eruptions, Catania overlooks the Ionian Sea. It is a beautiful art city, an undisputed example of Sicilian Baroque, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with other cities in the Val di Noto.

Nel feb­bra­io del 1917, esat­ta­men­te un se­co­lo fa, ve­ni­va re­gi­stra­to dal si­ci­lia­no Nick La Roc­ca quel­lo che è con­si­de­ra­to il pri­mo di­sco jazz del­la sto­ria. Cen­to anni dopo ca­pia­mo quan­to an­co­ra ci sia mol­to da sco­pri­re in­tor­no alle ori­gi­ni di que­sto ge­ne­re, che ap­pas­sio­na vec­chie e nuo­ve ge­ne­ra­zio­ni,...