Sicily has been called the gateway to Europe or a land that straddles two continents, as it sits on the collision point between the tectonic plates of Eurasia and Africa. It’s a melting pot of cultures and people, the home of many Italian-Americans’ ancestors, and it’s one of the most exciting places for food and wine in the entire world. It is at...

The spirit of Salvatore “Sam” Nicolosi is alive and well at Nicolosi’s Italian Restaurant, which the Sicilian immigrant originally opened with his wife, Francesca, on Goldfinch Street in Mission Hills in 1952. Here, at its thrice-relocated home on Navajo Road, he is captured in vintage photographs while the intoxicating aromas and flavors from his...

“È bello ritrovarsi tra i siciliani in America e rivivere le tradizioni che ho vissuto in parte anche da piccola! Così è stato sabato scorso, a Chicago, per il 38esimo Anniversario della Festa in onore di Santa Fara organizzata dalla Società Santa Fara di Cinisi (Chicago), presieduta da Carlo Vaniglia, che ringrazio per l’invito e per il suo costan...

A dream that became reality.  In Favara, province of Agrigento, there is an important outdoor museum of contemporary art. Unique in its kind, it is visited every year from more than 100,000 people coming from every part of Europe. The “Farm cultural park” was born in 2010 and to give life to the project is notary Andrea Bartoli and his wife, the la...

I was bare-handed, except for my camera, against them with all of their weapons” – Letizia Battaglia In 1970s Sicily, the Mafia could not be proven to exist. No one spoke about it, no one claimed to know about it, and one thing was for sure – no one would admit to ever having seen it. The Cosa Nostra, as the Sicilian Mafia came to be known, had cle...

Many times my interviews have given light to people and institutions born in America who work to help Italy, improve the bridge between our two countries, and represent in an excellent way an aspect - territorial, thematic, professional or cultural - of being part of the Italian American community. The friend who is today the protagonist of this in...

So many towns in Italy are now competing to offload old houses for less than the price of an espresso that some are trying to sweeten the deal further to lure buyers away from their rivals. The latest destination on the scene is Bivona, a small town deep in the heart of the southern island of Sicily, which is easing restrictions and offering tax bo...

Tra le numerose meraviglie della Sicilia bisogna sicuramente annoverare l’orologio astronomico di Messina, situato sul campanile del Duomo della città. Un capolavoro di livello mondiale, essendo il più grande e complesso orologio astronomico del pianeta. Fu l’arcivescovo di Messina, Angelo Paino, a volerne la costruzione dopo il disastroso terremot...

Luigi Capuana was born in Mineo, Catania province, in 1839 and was one of the foremost protagonists of the verist movement. It was not a formal organisation, but did have literary theory at its heart. Capuana was the first to really expound the principles, which were based on the portrayal of truth or as Luigi, himself, called it ‘the poetry of the...

The oldest part of Ragusa is home to six coffers full of 18th- and 19th-century treasures: the six rooms of the Appiano House Museum, created by organist Salvatore Appiano in the baroque heart of the Sicilian city. “The idea was passed down to me from my grandparents”, the collector explained to local newspaper “Ragusanews”. “My family was original...