Situated in the Tyrrhenian Sea, the Aeolian archipelago consists of seven islands of volcanic origin of various sizes, some with craters still in activity, Lipari Vulcano, Salina, Panarea, Stromboli, Filicudi, and Alicudi. Because they represent an extraordinary case to the birth and evolution of volcanic islands, they were designated a UNESCO Worl...

We want to introduce you to beauty and art through the discovery of five of Italy's most famous and attractive theatres: the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, the Teatro dell'Opera in Rome, the Teatro La Fenice in Venice and the Teatro La Scala in Milan. All of these theatres demonstrate how important music and art have alw...

Sicily has made impressive strides over the last few years. For example, consumers had often overlooked local products such as wine and olive oil up until around 20 years ago. Genuine products, no doubt, but the "do it yourself" origins could not compete with the magnitude of the national and international markets.When the Sicilians decided to high...

The Sicilian festival will hold its annual Spaghetti Cookoff May 15 starting at 8 a.m. at Festival Square, 312 E Railroad Ave., Independence, LA. A dessert competition has been added this year. People are encouraged to make their favorite Italian or Sicilian dessert and bring it to the pavilion at Festival Square by 10:30 that morning. The entry fe...

On a visit to Sicily my wife and I traveled to the province of Ragusa to explore the island’s Baroque architecture. Our home base, strategically located near the Mediterranean Sea on the southeast coast of the island was the seaside village of Sampieri, where we enjoyed excellent food and hospitality, local beaches and small shops. Beyond the Baroq...

Italy begins a mass vaccination campaign on the resident populations of its smaller islands as part of a plan to make them 'covid-free' ahead of the summer season. The vaccination programme, which focuses on smaller islands with minimal healthcare facilities, begins on 7 May with Capraia, off Tuscany, and the Aoeolian Islands, off Sicily. The natio...

The island of Favignana, the largest of the Egadi Archipelago, is called “the butterfly" (with spread wings) because of its peculiar shape, divided into two parts by the hill of Santa Caterina. Known as Aegusa by Greeks, then it changed its name to Favignana for the Favonio wind, which always blows there, making its climate mild and fresh. Nowadays...

A year and two months since the first Covid-19 case was reported, Italy is still battling the virus. However, things may just have begun looking up: this week, most of the country will be placed in the lowest-risk zona gialla, meaning cafés and restaurants will finally open for both lunch and dinner, albeit only outdoor. Cinema, theatres and museum...

Arancini are among the most popular Sicilian recipes in the world. Whether traditional or gourmet, the beloved rice ball continues to be eaten by all.Arancini can be rounded or cone-shaped. There is an almost age-old debate about their name because they are called arancine in Palermo and the western part of Sicily, arancini in Catania and the east...

Tour through Star Wars filming locations, the most loved science fiction saga of all time. Trip to the Dolomites, Lake Como, Caserta Royal Palace, and the Mount Etna. Star wars is a famous saga by George Lucas, the US film director, screenwriter, and producer, which was released in 1977. Belonging to the subgenre of science fiction called space ope...