SICILY, like the rest of Italy, has long been known as red wine territory. Yet slowly, the whites of Sicily, particularly those grown in the foothills of Mount Etna, have been earning attention as among the most distinctive and unusual white wines in Italy, if not the world. What makes them so different? These are not conventional, fruity whites. T...

If the nuns of Catania’s Benedictine Convent devoted all their time to praying, the monks of the adjacent Benedictine Monastery were said to be a bit more lax about their spiritual duties. In southern Italian author Federico De Roberto’s most famous novel, I Viceré, which is very accurate in describing the social and political background of Catania...

Dolce and Gabbana's villa on the island of Stromboli is on sale. The villa has been the designers' summer retreat since the 1990s, the home where they have entertained international stars and organized big parties. The property owned by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana is located on one of the most beautiful and wildest of the seven Aeolian islan...

Syracuse and the necropolis of Pantalica are two different Sicilian sites that contain archeological remains that date back to Greek and Roman times. In Pantalica, the necropolis holds more than 5,000 tombs carved into the rock close to the stone quarries. Most of these tombs date between the 7th to 13th centuries BC. There are also several ruins f...

For Sicilians, granita isn’t just a refreshing treat – it’s a ritual, as coffee is for many. Brought to the island by the Arabs, Sicilian granita has evolved into an exquisite product that is different from anywhere else in Italy, something halfway between the creaminess of gelato and the granularity of sorbet.  Made with water, sugar and fruit, Si...

Sicily, like the rest of Italy, has long been known as red wine territory. Yet slowly, the whites of Sicily, particularly those grown in the foothills of Mount Etna, have been earning attention as among the most distinctive and unusual white wines in Italy, if not the world. What makes them so different? These are not conventional, fruity whites. T...

If you’ve traveled to Sicily, you’ve likely seen, on flags, ceramics and souvenirs, a strange-looking representation of a female head with three legs attached to it, flexed to form a triangle. That’s the symbol of Sicily, adopted by the island many centuries ago, when it was dominated by the Greeks, now used in the official Sicilian flag. The symbo...

“On behalf of the U.S. Government, I would like to thank all Sicilians for their continued support and friendship. Sicily and the United States of America have a long history of immigration, and a strong relationship based on shared values such as freedom, democracy, human rights, and security. More than 25 million Americans are of Italian descent,...

“Quello di Tony Di Piazza è forse il volto meno conosciuto dai tifosi tra quelli della nuova società Hera Hora“. Apre così l’edizione odierna de La Repubblica, raccontando la storia personale dell’imprenditore nativo di San Giuseppe Jato. L’italo-americano, insieme a Daniele e Dario Mirri, è oggi il nuovo proprietario del Palermo. In passato aveva...

If you’re trying to find long lost relatives, I hope you’re better at it than I am. Last week, I walked the streets of San Vito Lo Capo, on the northwest tip of Sicily, looking for roots and branches of the family tree. But I didn’t have much to go on, and it didn’t help that I don’t speak Italian, or that few people in San Vito speak English. Find...