It’s reductive to consider Sicilian carts as mere vehicles. These carts are so rich in color and decorations that, according to Marianna Gatto of the Italian American Museum in Los Angeles, they’re best described as “walking books”. For the painter from Palermo, Gianfranco Fiore (who decorates these carts), they represent the most popular, creative...

The 118th celebration of the MSS Feast, held this year as a two-day event at Holy Saviour Church, will show yet again the very close connection of Norristown to the city of Sciacca in Sicily. The MSS Feast, which is highlighted on Sunday Aug. 14 by the traditional street procession through the east end of Norristown, with 25 people carrying a statu...

Artisanal ice cream is the real star of summer. In Sicily, you can enjoy ice cream in every corner of the big city centers and the smaller inland villages. From the eastern side to the western side, historic and new ice cream parlors are flourishing, ready to surprise locals and tourists with new delicious flavors. So many flavors, so many tastes o...

Val di Noto, called the Noto Valley in error, is instead a geographical territory in southeastern Italy notable for cities built in the late Sicilian Baroque style. An earthquake in 1693 leveled the towns that existed, requiring them to be rebuilt; the emergency reorganization caused a harmonious and rather homogeneous structure based on the styles...

Wild beaches and pristine landscapes surrounded by the scents of Mediterranean vegetation, hidden coasts caressed by a turquoise sea that is just as good as any tropical paradise: from Liguria to Sardinia, from Veneto to Campania, Italy enshrines breathtaking beaches where you can enjoy the sea and feast your eyes with magnificent views. Here for y...

An agora stretching out almost 33,000 square metres, the biggest in the ancient world, that is once again showing its boundaries. The remains of what seems to have been the sacred place of very first Greek colonies in Selinunte, those who arrived after the founder, Pammilus of Megara Hyblaea. Charms and highly refined objects that are the same as o...

Ever since I was a boy, people always asked about my last name.  Was it Italian? Was it Arabic? Was it Israeli? Was it Syrian?  I always answered I was Italian because that is what I was told I was. I was confused about these questions and questioned my ancestor’s heritage beyond my grandparents.   I knew by reading Sicilian history that many group...

The Mediterranean island of Sicily lies at the very edge of Europe, and it‘s location gives it an interesting cultural mishmash rarely found in the otherwise rather monocultural Italy. Spending 4 days in Sicily is just enough to satisfy your senses, give your skin a sun-kissed look and leave you itching to book your next trip back to the island. De...

In Italy during the summer months there are many religious and popular festivals of ancient tradition. One of the most spectacular is that of the illuminations of Caltagirone in Sicily. This religious celebration on the occasion of the feast for the patron saint of the city, Saint James. Here you can find out where Caltagirone is located and what t...

Giuseppe Paterno, who is 98, has become Italy's oldest graduate - again. Paterno has added a masters in history and philosophy from the University of Palermo to an initial degree in the same subjects he earned there two years ago. He passed the latest degree with top marks, again, his proud family said on Facebook. He has no plans to rest and wants...