Set in the depths of the Sicilian countryside, this rustic Ragusa property is ringed with traditional dry stone walls. Le Edicole has undergone a renovation by architect Arturo Montanelli, who restored the villa’s weathered stonework, contrasting it with new elements in steel and wood. A floating metal staircase leads to the upstairs rooms, which a...

It is easy to overdose on fine art in Italy, just because there is so much of it. Italian art history is so rich, and the temptation is always to try to see as much of it as you possibly can, but as is usual with any form of overindulgence there is a danger of overdosing on beauty. In fact, trying to stuff your visit to Italy with too much Renaissa...

L'intervista al talentuoso musicista Santi Scarcella, originario di Santa Teresa di Riva, cittadina della costa jonica messinese, nasce ascoltando un brano della sua Opera "Ciuriciurijazz", in cui racconta la storia di Mimmo figlio di emigranti siciliani che in America scopre le sue origini e decide di non fare più Jazz bensì CiuriciuriJazz. Santi...

Two Italian brothers with a family history of baking have transferred their culinary skills from Sicily to San Jose. The Palermo pair, Marco and Giacomo Montevago, has opened the appropriately named Italian Brothers Bakery on a corner of West San Carlos Street and Meridian Avenue in the city’s evolving Midtown neighborhood. Although the business is...

A strong earthquake hit Catania during the night, Italian media report. The 4.8 magnitude tremor hit at 3.18am, with the Italian geophysical institute measuring it as just one kilometre beneath the surface. The epicentre was located at Viagrande and Trecastagni. Many Sicilians rushed out of their homes after the earthquake struck. Four persons are...

Photos posted by residents show the black and grey smoke spewed over the blue skies as Etna blew her top on Christmas Eve. Seismic activity has been rocking the active volcano for the past few days, with lava seen bubbling up from its crater. Locals have reported hearing a "massive explosion" – and those used to living the shadow of the volcano hav...

Rows upon rows of hills laced with vines intermingle with the curves of the G-clef: the history that has developed in Salaparuta is one-of-a-kind. With just under two thousand inhabitants, this municipality of Trapani is the symbol of the 1968 earthquake that occurred along the river Belice and destroyed the town’s historic center; but only a few p...

It is said that every recipe has a story behind it. This statement rings especially true among Italian Americans, for whom the significance of food extends far beyond sustenance, and cooking is among the most visible expressions of identity and pride. Eating rituals figured prominently in the Italo American immigration experience. Distinct food and...

The festive season in Sicily is always such a suggestive time of year to visit the island, where you will find the locals in full traditional Christmas mode. It is a prosperous season, if you don’t mind the cold, as there is always something to see, taste or experience.  Every major city has a Christmas event's calendar to explore, and the colours...

If the saying is true that we are what we wear, and if we are an integral part of our environment, then are most of us living in urban areas, assimilating chemicals, or are we composed of acrylic material and plastics, or absorbing pollution? What one wears, eats, drinks, absorbs, is becoming a choice, as there truly are innovative solutions that a...