How could we skip Sicily on our trip around Italy exploring pizzas, focaccia and piadine? Not a chance. When talking about traditional specialties, the challenges between Palermo, Catania and Messina are displayed once again… three in particular spring to mind; the sfincione palermitano, the scacciata catanese and the focaccia messinese. The nuns i...

Italy offers many ways to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature. You can breathe the refreshing mountain air, or the energetic sea breeze, but surely nothing is more refreshing than a long weekend at the spa. After all, let's not forget that thermal baths are a pastime, or perhaps a real tradition, very old. It was the Romans who built the first spa...

One of my absolute favorite aspects of traveling to Italy is visiting the outdoor street markets. Growing up in Calabria, one such market opened up every Tuesday morning and the location was literally on my street, practically under our home. The market was small but fun, especially to a young child who got to go shopping with mom every Tuesday mor...

Oct 1 at 7pm EDT. Presented by Mark Hehl. FREE. Click here for more info & to register. Like many Italian Americans, Mark Hehl grew up with a foot in two worlds. At home, his mother maintained many rich southern Italian traditions. In school, and on the streets of Brooklyn, he was American. After writing his second book An Immigrant’s Dilemma, Lega...

Syracuse is a charming and striking town, called “the most beautiful city of Magna Grecia" by Cicero, which retains all its historical evidence as a cultural capital from the Greek age up to the Renaissance and Baroque periods.  The city lies in the setting of a picturesque natural harbour which is closed to the east by the island of Ortigia and at...

Take an archipelago of seven small islands smelling of wild fennel and the open sea. Volcanic, sky-thrusting. Scattered 50 miles north of Sicily, the Aeolians are thought of throughout Italy as beautiful and natural – but mysterious. Volatile. Some 60 years ago they were near-deserted but have since been passing between them the baton for southern ...

Presented by award winning author, Carla Gambescia and Allison Scola. September 29th - 7:00 PM EDT. Register for 10 USD. Created specially by La Dolce Vita University to celebrate La Bella Sicilia! Through an engaging Q & A format, we will explore and discover that delicious layer cake of culinary & cultural history that is the dazzling island of S...

While food may be an art form in Italy, it's more like a religion in Sicily. Even if you know Italian food well, Sicilian cuisine will surprise you with its complexity — a legacy of successive waves of settlers and invaders who influenced the cuisine. The first time you find yourself choosing between fish couscous and spaghetti Bolognese on the sam...

Un’astronave interrata nel Chianti fiorentino. Una tartaruga nel cuore della campagna umbra. Una bolla di vetro sui colli piemontesi. Dalla Maremma alle Langhe passando per il Veneto e la Sicilia, il fenomeno delle cantine d'autore ha conquistato tante delle case vinicole del Bel Paese. Le nuove ‘cattedrali del vino’, firmate dai grandi nomi dell’a...

Arturo Di Modica, l’artista originario di Vittoria poi emigrato negli Stati Uniti d’America, famoso nel modo per essere l’autore del “Toro di Wall Street”,è stato, questa mattina, a Noto, accolto dal sindaco Bonfanti e dall’assessore al Turismo, Solerte. L’artista ha visitato la mostra “Novecento – Artisti di Sicilia”, che ospita la sua opera “Gymn...