On this episode of You Me and Sicily we take you to Santo Stefano di Camastra in the Province of Messina. The present day town was founded in 1683 Giuseppe Lanza, Duke of Camastra, who rebuilt the town after a terrible landslide that destroyed the original town . The town is mostly known for its colorful ceramics and the many pina or pine cones and...

An ancient Roman vessel dating back to the second century BC has been discovered in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Palermo. The ship lies 92 metres (302ft) deep in the ocean, near Isola delle Femmine, and from the first images taken by a submarine robot it was carrying a copious cargo of wine amphorae. “The Mediterranean continually gives u...

For decades, articles about Sicily were invariably accompanied by grim, black and white images of bloodied streets and exploded cars. The island was synonymous with Cosa Nostra, whose violent rule eclipsed all else. Organised crime is still a problem, yet thankfully some progress has been made. Today, democratically minded Sicilians are gaining inf...

BECAUSE OF ITS GEOGRAPHICAL POSITION, the Sicilian city of Palermo experiences Sirocco’s wind, a warm wind coming from Sahara which causes dusty dry conditions. From an early age, maintaining water supplies and finding relief from the heat were the primary needs of the Sicilian inhabitants in the summer. Luckily, the ancient city is equipped with s...

Sicily is the island of sun, sea and beautiful cities teeming with life and color, but, in addition to this, this territory also offers the opportunity to be explored with itineraries of another kind. The beautiful medieval villages, close to the sea or carved into the rock, contain the secrets of Sicilian history and are waiting to be discovered a...

Italy’s southern island of Sicily is a huge 10 million square chunk of volcanic land in the Mediterranean with a population of five million. But off its northwestern coast are three small Aegadian islands, 175 miles from Tunis, of which the largest, Favignana, is less than three miles at its widest point with a population of just over 4,000 people....

Around 40 shipwrecked vessels dating from world war two have been discovered off the coast of Lampedusa, the tiny Italian island between Sicily and Tunisia. The discoveries were made between 20 and 100 nautical miles from the island's coast, at a depth ranging from 33 to 140 metres, reports news agency ANSA. The ships, all sunk during attacks in th...

Moments before his death after being shot by Sicilian mobsters, Judge Rosario Livatino said: “But what have I done to you?” His final words echoing Jesus Christ on the cross: “O my people, what have I done to you?” as celebrated in some Good Friday liturgies. The same words appear in the Old Testament, pronounced by God in Micah 6:3. “Like Jesus, J...

It is one of the most-frequented destinations of sun-worshippers, scuba-divers and nature lovers, and it is the last trace of Italian terrain before the African coast. Lampedusa, glorious, sun-bleached island south of Sicily, helps to create the Pelagian Archipelago (“islands of the high sea” in Greek etymology), along with neighboring island Linos...

There are two feasts dedicated to Santa Rosalia in Palermo. The whole month of September is a feast on the Sanctuary that represents the sacred mountain of the city, that is Montepellegrino. Many legends are told about this mountain, one of these is that of the dragon that terrorized the city. No one was able to defeat the monster, not even a giant...