Siracusa in Sicily is certainly one of the Italian cities with more variety of historical and artistic finds of the whole Italy. From the rationalist architecture you can go back through the history of the place through its vestiges, up to the ancient Greek settlement that made it one of the most powerful and magnificent cities of the entire Magna...

In the fall of 2019 I had the unique pleasure to be a guest of the Firriato winery on the island of Sicily. Today I’m featuring their Etna Bianco, Le Sabbie dell’Etna, highlighting the main grapes in the blend along with the Etna Bianco DOC wine region.  The Grapes  The Etna Bianco that I’m sharing today is made up of two Sicilian native white grap...

If we had to retrace the trip to Italy in the footsteps of the legendary XVII-century Grand Tour, we should take a long journey full of charming stopovers anywhere in the country. After retracing the best historical and cultural places in northern and central Italy, we now resume our journey and go south: must-do stops of our modern cultural grand...

The “Festa dei Morti” is among the most important and felt by the people of Palermo, especially by the children who have been waiting for it with anxiety since the previous weeks, when the city is filled with “Mercatini dei Morti” (markets of the dead). In this blog post I will tell you about the “rituals” that are repeated every year in the houses...

Unesco has recognized the Aeolian Islands as a world heritage site, not only for their natural beauty characterized by unique flora and fauna but especially for their morphology, shaped over the millennia by the volcanoes and their activity. - Virgilio, Eneide, Libro I The Naturalist site of the Aeolian Islands was named a UNESCO World Heritage Sit...

The largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily is one of Italy's top tourist destinations. But while many visitors probably come here for the beach, food tours, and ancient ruins, they have been possibly overlooking one of the best wine regions in the country—until recently. Formed less than a decade ago, the Consorzio di Tutela Vini DOC Sicil...

Sicily — the largest island in the Mediterranean and one of Italy’s 20 regions — is my favorite part of the country. You name it, Sicily has it. It boasts beaches with sparkling, turquoise blue water, not to mention mountains and stunning nature reserves. It brims with history — illustrated by its impeccably preserved ancient Greek temples — archit...

Sometimes it happens that I find out about the story of a person who personifies exactly the message that We the Italians has been representing for 10 years now: when Italy and the United States come together, the result is wonderful. Other times I have the pleasure of interviewing people who embody one or more positive symbols of Italy. Still othe...

Filmmaker Michael Cavalieri doesn’t want to make just another movie.  The passionate and proud Italian American, whose career as an actor spans three decades, decided he had had enough of the stereotypical “Italian tough guy” roles that his sharp looks and New York City upbringing seemed to encourage Hollywood producers to type cast him for.  With...

If you cross eggplant Parmigiana with baked ziti, you'd wind up with pasta ’ncasciata, a Sicilian baked maccheroni preparation comprises fried eggplant, ragù, and caciocavallo cheese. This particular version hails from the city of Messina, which sits on the northeast part of the island and has the closest proximity to mainland Italy.  A single laye...