The Foundation Orestiadi in Gibellina is launching the first open-air exhibit in Sicily since the outbreak of COVID-19. Masterworks on display will include the installation ''Montagna di Sale'' by Mimmo Paladino, a sculpture by Pietro Consagra, ''L'uomo con un carico di lune'', a marble installation, and artwork by British artist Peter Briggs.The s...

The EU's €2 trillion recovery package for economies blighted by the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent lockdown aims to avoid a damaging and long-lasting recession. It proposes helping out industries particularly badly hit by the lockdown, such as tourism. And a report from the Vienna Institute for Economic Studies looking at ways of spending...

Almost 900 years ago, there existed a land where peoples of all cultures, creeds and colors lent their talents to the building of a nation at the forefront of science, art and civic life.  It was a kingdom in the sun… an island at the center of the world.  That nation was the Norman Kingdom of Sicily, and in this week’s episode, renowned historian...

The Sicilian Opera Choir of Italy, winner of the International Opera Awards in 2017, is a reality that has established itself in the music, theatre, opera, and symphonic scene over the past few years. The particular care of vocality and taste as well as the versatility of the organic components, allow the choir to face both the refined and demandin...

There are many persistent misconceptions about Sicilians propagated by word of mouth and bandied about by the media. One of them is that Sicilians are not Italians, which I have heard many times from Sicilian-Americans. I have always taken this as an affirmation of their pride in being Sicilian rather than a refusal of their Italian identity. Anoth...

This Summer, holidays in Sicily could be just a tad easier on the wallet than we expect. The region’s council is offering discounts and offers to attract more tourists to the island, after two months of lockdown and weeks of travel limitations have profoundly affected tourism. Negative repercussions on tourism, in fact, are recorded all over the co...

Il 6 giugno 2004 il mondo piangeva la morte dell’ex presidente americano Ronald Reagan; quello in carica, George Bush, sulla strada per la Francia, si era fermato a Roma per incontrare Silvio Berlusconi; e in Italia nasceva YouTube. Non si chiamava così, si chiamava Orange Video, un omaggio al frutto simbolo della regione dove lavoravano i tre fond...

When Italian towns began offering houses for sale for little more than $1, they inspired legions of dreamers to take a gamble on moving to a remote corner of Italy. Although spending a few thousand dollars extra on renovating the property was usually part of the deal, it was sweetened by the prospect of a new life in an idyllic spot in a beautiful...

Congratulations to NIAF Member, novelist and Ambassador magazine’s wine columnist Dick Rosano for his latest novel Islands of Fire. When Luca went to Sicily in search of his parents’ roots, he didn’t count on meeting Vito: a wizened old man who seemed to embody the history of the island in his bones.  He also didn’t count on Vito taking him back ce...

È passato un anno dalla firma del protocollo d’intesa, a Palazzo dei Normanni a Palermo, tra il Consiglio Generale degli Italiani all’Estero (CGIE), l’Assessorato regionale siciliano dell’Istruzione e della Formazione professionale, l’Ente regionale per il diritto allo studio universitario (ERSU) di Palermo. Il documento sottoscritto impegna i firm...