Rising up over the Island of Sicily, near the coast touching on the Messina Strait, Etna is the European Continent’s most active volcano, and one of the entire world’s biggest; now it has earned its stripes as an UNESCO World Heritage Site (June, 2013).

Among the rituals of the Christmas cycle that characterize the festive landscape of the territory of Agrigento, along with fires and puppets lit ceremonial for the Immaculate (luminari in San Biagio Platani, vamparotti ri la Maculata in Ravanusa and Canicattì, U Diavulazzu in Caltabellotta) or on the occasion of travelling novenas at richly decorat...

Train journeys in the South of Italy from Rome downwards towards Sicily are infamous for their slow pace and inefficiency. Yet the genuinely epic train ride from Rome to Naples, through the tale of the Italian Alps at Calabria should really be experienced at least once. At the final station on the peninsula at Villa San Giovanni, the carriages are...

Giosetta Capriati, Presidente Onorario AmCham a New York e Presidente di GIOSETTA CONSULTANTS INC., societa’ specializzata da anni in progetti di alto livello fra Italia e Stati Uniti e non solo, ha deciso anni fa di portare la ristorazione italiana nelle grandi sedi istituzionali del mondo e ha iniziato con il PALAZZO DI VETRO a New York nel 1995...

I miei nonni immigrati negli Stati Uniti nel secondo decennio del novecento erano stati sponsorizzati a New York da un fratello di mia nonna, immigrato anche lui alcuni anni prima.  Peró mio nonno non era contento di stare a New York, e dopo due anni tornarono in Sicilia.  Nato parecchi anni prima di mia nonna, una giovane nei primi ventenni, mio n...

The Charles and Joan Alberto Italian Studies Institute, a part of the College of Arts & Sciences, will be presenting "The Sicilian Music and Poetry of Nino Provenzano" on Thursday, November 8 at 6 p.m. in the Theatre-in-the-Round in the Bishop Dougherty University Center. The Institute was established in 2003 to coordinate the University's many act...

While Italy might be famed for its art, history and food, it is also home to some of the creepiest tourist attractions on Earth, meaning you can celebrate this Halloween by visiting Mussolini's bunker or marvelling at a severed finger. Dark tourism is not a new phenomenon. Medieval pilgrims walked countless miles to visit the tombs of saints and gr...

For one of the few times in his life, Franco Trincale was speechless. The man who had spent some 60 years belting out song after song about the exploitation of workers, sundry social injustices and Italy’s political and criminal travails during decades of social upheaval could barely speak above a whisper. “I’ve lost my voice,” he croaked to the ro...

Autumn is the time of the year when Nature shows us all its surprising colors and shades. In the same way, after the dazzling summer season many Italian cities are full of suggestive and colorful attractions of unquestionable charm, adding extra appeal to the places which are an absolute must to visit. Here we offer a review of the most colorful It...

The capital of Sicily is the grand old dowager of the island, an ancient beguiling and decadent aristocratic dame who is absolutely enthralling. She has many stories to tell and experiences to offer in an understated layering of history which is intoxicating.  A walk through the crowded streets of the city will result in the discoveries of everythi...