The Mediterranean’s largest island is perhaps its least known among holidaymakers. Where the Balearics have enduring mass appeal and Sardinia has made a name for itself as the region’s glitzy go-to, Sicily is harder to define. Primarily visited by Italians, it remains a geographical and cultural crossroads, where centuries of invasions – including...

When planning Italy vacations for next year, travel professionals’ eyes may be looking south, thanks to the selection of Matera as a European Capital of Culture for 2019 (along with Plovdiv, Bulgaria). It is the fourth Italian city so designated and the first since Genoa in 2004. The others were Bologna (2000) and Florence, the second-ever European...

On a stormy night in October 1969, thieves broke into the Oratory of San Lorenzo, a small chapel in what was then Palermo’s dilapidated Kalsa quarter, and made off with one of the city’s artistic masterpieces: Caravaggio’s “Nativity” altarpiece. Investigators, both national and international, never gave up hunting for the lost painting, which is st...

Early evening: the perfect time for a stroll through Palermo’s centro storico. Eighteenth-century palazzi lined the streets, their windows framed by the ruffs and frills of Baroque stonework. Some were in a state of utter dilapidation, others alive with the sound of laborers bringing their stately façades back to life. From the dust-covered sidewal...

Tucked away in the north-west, Gran Paradiso National Park offers a tangible sense of wilderness. Incorporating the valleys around the eponymous 4,061m peak, it has spectacular hiking trails but not the hordes that plague Italy’s prolific Alpine destinations. This is the country’s oldest national park, created in 1922 after Vittorio Emanuele II gav...

Ieri, giovedì 26 aprile, alle 18.00 nel contesto della proclamazione di Palermo Capitale della Cultura 2018, grazie agli scambi culturali fra Regione Siciliana e Comune di Palermo, MESIME in collaborazione con il ROTARY EST di Palermo ha presentato le future progettazioni dei principali spazi museale della Città di Palermo dedicati al Contemporaneo...

The 14 companies of the Gustoso Sicilian Food Excellence network - Molini Riggi, Bruno Ribadi Brewery, Made Fruit, Marullo srl, Tonnino Winery, Gustibus Alimentari, Miscela D'Oro, Asaro, Pannitteri, Valle del Dittaino, Olive di Sicilia, Sabadì, Caffo Distillery, Chioccilia - from Tuesday 17th to Friday 20th April will have the opportunity to meet 8...

There are many ways to promote and make known the typical Sicilian cuisine and companies of the agri-food excellence, but the Gustoso Sicilian Food Excellence - the new business network created to bring to the United States the Sicilian SMEs characterized by typicality, authenticity, link with the territory, DOP and IGP principals, history and trad...

Cristian Cangelosi has learned a lot from former two-division world champion Paul Malignaggi in the time they’ve known each other. But did he learn the most important lesson of the fight game, to not put himself in position to have to cut his hair in between rounds? They both laugh. “Yeah, I know,” said the 19-year-old Cangelosi, a promising 152-po...

Here is a quick quiz for the opera aficionado. The biggest opera house in Italy is in Milan, Venice or Palermo? Palermo?Yes, Milan’s La Scala may have more seats, and La Fenice in la Venezia is more venerable by a century, but Palermo’s Teatro Massimo is easily the biggest in Italy, a sprawling, 83,000-square-foot, neo-romantic edifice that dominat...