The first of Tangipahoa Parish’s traditional festivals to make comeback from the pandemic is happening this weekend – the Independence’s Sicilian Heritage Festival. Usually held the second weekend in March, the Sicilian Festival may be a little warmer than usual, but it is returning with all the favorite traditions – live music, the spaghetti eatin...

The wines of Sicily are among Italy's most dynamic, produced in regions that wine pilgrims deem worth the trip alone. During the 1990s, some of the wineries began attracting attention abroad. The new millennium brought on "Nero d'Avola mania," which subsequently thrust other Sicilian wines made from different native grapes into the spotlight. Today...

There are hopes that southern Italy could experience an economic revival amid the pandemic, as up to 100,000 workers have moved south - many of them to return home. Sipping a craft beer on a warm spring evening in Catania, Sicily, Corrado Paterno Castello spares a thought for friends and colleagues he left behind in Milan, 1,000 kilometres (600 mil...

Sicilian cuisine is simple yet complicated, reflective of the island's rich, diverse past. In addition to being the largest region in Italy, Sicily has diverse microclimates and mountain landscapes that play host to distinct biodiversity that has given way to extraordinary ingredients.  Sicily's fascinating history is characterized by long centurie...

Sipping a craft beer on a warm spring evening in Catania, Sicily, Corrado Paterno Castello spares a thought for friends and colleagues he left behind in Milan, 1,000 kilometres (600 miles) north. "Today, between meetings, I had a swim at the beach," the 29-year-old entrepreneur told AFP, with a beaming smile. "The quality of life you have here is v...

Seated in the expansive backyard at Popina drinking a nicely chilled bottle of Marco De Bartoli’s Grappolo del Grillo is one great way to spend an afternoon in Brooklyn. Visitors to one of New York City’s best-kept-secret Italian restaurants might pair the wine with an inventive seafood dish from the kitchen of chef and co-owner Chris McDade. His p...

La suprema, a cruise ship built in 2003 for $120 million, can carry nearly 3,000 passengers, plus 1,000 cars. Almost 700 feet long, the ship has 567 cabins, three restaurants, six bars, a dozen or so shops, a casino, a movie theater, a nightclub, and a chapel. Its eight stories are connected by motion-sensor-activated escalators and glass-encased e...

Sicilian sweets are famous worldwide, and the island's desserts are just as diverse as its various territories. Fragments of volcanic rock surrounded by the different shades of blue from the Tyrrhenian Sea, the Aeolian archipelago consists of seven islands off the Northern coast of Sicily, called “the daughters of fire and earth.” Though they seem...

The Italian volcanoes of Stromboli and Etna both erupted today, 19 May, according to Italy's volcanology institute INGV. Etna, located in the north-east of Sicily, erupted just after 07.00 this morning, reports local newspaper La Sicilia. A strong blast occurred on the nearby Aeolian island of Stromboli just before 15.00 this afternoon, the latest...

With the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology reporting recent continuous episodes of eruptions, lava fountaining, intra-crater explosive activity, and ash emissions, Mount Etna is displaying its power and beauty again. Although Italian authorities said the volcanic activity posed no danger to surrounding villages, gas emissions that ro...