When it comes to looking after her ancestral Palermo palace, Sicilian princess Signoretta Alliata Licata di Baucina has a decidedly hands-on approach. Back in 1996, when her ballroom’s immense 18th-century Venetian chandelier needed touching up,  she and her husband, banker Biagio Licata di Baucina, and their two children dipped each of its 2,500 p...

The facility is managed by the new West Sicily Gate company, a venture between MSC Cruises and Costa Cruises, and responsible for managing cruise terminals at four ports (Palermo, Trapani, Porto Empedocle and Termini Imerese) within the Port System Authority of the Western Sicilian Sea. Representatives at the official opening last week included the...

The Italian port city of Palermo in Sicily is mysterious and beautiful, and a perfect example of the diversity that Italy has to offer. It’s got all that you need for a perfect trip — beautiful architecture, flavors of the coast, and a bustling local nightlife. And while it is true that this scenic region of the country is steeped in rich history,...

Named “the Kingdom of the Sun” by invading Normans in the 12th century, the Sicilian capital of Palermo is one of the sunniest places in Europe, with more than 2,500 hours of sunshine per year. Sitting where Europe ends and Africa begins, it lies on Sicily’s northwestern coast, facing east towards the sea, and is backed by a plain of citrus groves...

If you know us a little bit, you will already know that we are great lovers of Italian cuisine. In every city we travel to, one of our priorities is to taste some of its typical dishes. We think it’s an essential part of a trip, and we love it! We once lived in Bergamo, and when it came to food, we were very lucky! From one side, Bergamo is not amo...

With its checkered history dating back more than 2,700 years, Palermo is a melting pot of history, architecture and food. For many, this is a jumping-off point en route to Cefalù, Ragusa or Taormina, but fascinating Palermo has plenty more to offer. Strategically located where East meets West, Sicily has been invaded by everyone from the Phoenician...

Mondello Beach is Palermo, Sicily’s most popular seascape, replete with clear waters, granita stands galore, and an unparalleled view of Monte Pellegrino. Thanks to its large crowds and proximity to the Sicilian capital, however, it often gets a bad rap relative to the island’s more glamorous beach towns. Think: Cefalù, Taormina’s Isola Bella, and...

If you are thinking of taking a trip to Sicily to discover the beautiful landscapes and history of the island, you absolutely must know all the food tours to include in your trip! There are many food tours in Sicily that allow you to immerse yourself in the most authentic Sicily and discover, in every dish, a piece of history, the culture of a plac...

Italy has always been the cradle of art and culture: over the years have been built several historical theaters famous all over the world, which have hosted great musicians, dancers, singers and artists of all kinds. There are several Italian architects who have designed and built some of the most beautiful historical theatres, so let’s find out to...

The historic cafés of Italy aren’t just places for drinking coffee; having retained the atmosphere and traditions of times gone by, they represent the memory and identity of those times and, therefore, of a part of Italian history. Not that the coffee and treats they offer should be overlooked. They are just as popular for their identity as they ar...