Founded in 1904, Ferdinando’s Focacceria is the city’s oldest Sicilian restaurant and also one of the longest running Italian restaurants in NYC — outdone only by Rao’s (1896) and Bamonte’s (1900). It began as a lunch counter selling small round sandwiches to longshoremen who worked on the nearby Columbia Waterfront docks on the western edge of Cob...

When it comes to looking after her ancestral Palermo palace, Sicilian princess Signoretta Alliata Licata di Baucina has a decidedly hands-on approach. Back in 1996, when her ballroom’s immense 18th-century Venetian chandelier needed touching up,  she and her husband, banker Biagio Licata di Baucina, and their two children dipped each of its 2,500 p...

The widest green area of Sicily became a Park in 1993 and it’s covered by 87thousand hectares of vegetation including the forests, the mountains and the humid areas. The Park stretches on a wide area and it also “goes up” to 1.847 metres on the sea level from where you can see its highest mountain called Mount Soro. There’s a lot to be discovered t...

Anciently at the center of the world, Sicily has always been a rich land, inhabited and embellished by dynasties and peoples that have left traditions and cultures, as well as unique products and tastes. Not only dishes and culinary specialties, but also a precious enological culture. Sicily is, today, the region of Italy which produces the most am...

You may already be eating Sicilian food without knowing it. What is probably the world’s most popular bar snack — fried calamari — is fundamentally Sicilian, and so is the eggplant relish (or is it a salad?) called caponata. And, of course, the thick, square slices of Sicilian pizza found in nearly every neighborhood pizzeria, more properly called...

The facility is managed by the new West Sicily Gate company, a venture between MSC Cruises and Costa Cruises, and responsible for managing cruise terminals at four ports (Palermo, Trapani, Porto Empedocle and Termini Imerese) within the Port System Authority of the Western Sicilian Sea. Representatives at the official opening last week included the...

Fifteen minutes into the biggest game of his life, Alessio Panebianco saw the looks in his teammates’ eyes and realized: We’re gonna lose. This was on a sunny afternoon in December at the Stadio Giuseppe Rizzo in Catania, Sicily, at the foot of Mount Etna. Panebianco’s team, Briganti di Librino, was in its first-ever playoff, against San Gregorio,...

The number of Italian seaside and lakeside resorts awarded the prestigious Blue Flag designation for cleanliness and sustainability has risen by nine to 210 this year, the international Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) said Tuesday. The number of Blue Flag tourist ports has also risen by one to 82. Liguria came top again with 32 resorts...

There's a place on the Italian island of Sicily where you're increasingly likely to hear an American accent wafting down its narrow streets instead of the local language. Sambuca di Sicilia, which gained a reputation as one of the first places in the country to sell off old houses for next to nothing, is becoming something of an Italian "Little Ame...

Wednesday, May 18th in person, 6:00 pm Eastern Time. Philadelphia Ethical Society, 1906 Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA. Free Admission. Covid policy note: the mask is recommended at the event. Register here. Here more information. America-Italy Society of Philadelphia and the Consulate General of Italy, in partnership with PI-Philly, invite y...