The colorful ‘fruttini di Martorana’ are a typical dessert prepared in Sicily for the solemn feast for the Day of the Dead on November 2nd, to commemorate lost loved ones on the island. The Martorana fruits take their name from the aristocrat Eloisa Martorana, who founded Palermo’s third Benedictine monastery in 1194. In 1876, the monastery was exp...

The Valley of Temples (or "Valle dei Templi" in Italian) is a remarkable archaeological site in Agrigento (or in ancient Greek Akragas) in Sicily. Once Greater Greece had colonies throughout much of the Meditteranean and Black Seas. Some of their largest colonies were in Sicily and today Sicily boasts some of the most outstanding examples of Greate...

It is 1693 and the earth begins to shake so strongly that it razes entire towns in south-eastern Sicily to the ground and makes centuries of history disappear in a short space of time. It is incredible how one of the most tragic events in Italy can be the source of an artistic masterpiece listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002. Where there...

The month of November can be an ideal time of the year for a holiday in Italy. The low season makes every destination lower cost than usual, as well as providing the advantage of being able to better enjoy the artistic and natural beauty of the Peninsula in a quieter and less congested by great tourism. Here are some recommended destinations for an...

Director Mark Spano takes a trip deep down into the very core of one of the most historically renowned Mediterranean Islands. Thanks to an extraordinary plethora of transnational academic perspectives and feedback from the locals, his work auspiciously leans on a polyhedral approach, which certainly fits the subject at hand: The crossroad ancestral...

A jewel-blue cover sets Sicilia by Ben Tish apart from the rest of the cookbooks on the shelf. It’s a new Italian cookbook, based on a restaurant chefs’ recipes from the island of Sicily. Tish goes so far as to call it his love letter to Sicily, and to Italian food too. And flicking through Sicilia reveals even more saturated photography, all in th...

Six months after the death of their son Beau in 2015, Jill Biden and then-Vice President Joe Biden could not bear the thought of going to Nantucket, Massachusetts, for the traditional Biden family Thanksgiving. It would have been -- she wrote in her 2019 memoir, "Where the Light Enters" -- "like a photograph with Beau's face cut out." Instead, she...

  For the last few months I have been working on a project through Poggioreale in America, which is an organization that helps connect the descendants of our home town in Sicily. We have helped design, create, market, and now sell our 2022 Poggioreale in American calendar.   All profits from the sale of the calendars will fund PIA's first college s...

IN THE HISTORIC CENTER OF Trapani, just behind the busy pedestrian thoroughfare of Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, a multitude of ceramic faces adorn the facade of a particular building. Another glance reveals a group of colorful sculptures created from a hodgepodge of diverse objects. Welcome to the world of Mario Cassisa, a Sicilian-American outsider art...

In Sicily, when we talk about the products of the earth, besides being unique and sometimes unobtainable in other parts of the world, they also have very particular names and that obviously vary even within Sicily itself.  When it comes to Sicilian vegetables, Sicily does not fear comparisons: for centuries it has been producing veggies with genuin...