Some people look up a new word in the dictionary every day, others draw a cartoon: Pietro Viola is one of the latter. He is an accountant and business consultant based in Palermo, but at night he “transforms” into a cartoonist: a passion that started during lockdown, and has only grown since it turned out to be a surprisingly valuable asset for his...

For centuries, Italy was the preferred destination for poetically-minded nobles from across northern Europe. The “grand tour” was an exercise in communing with the ancient Roman world at a time when it was considered the height of culture to contemplate its romantically crumbling relics and vine-clad temples. But these “grand trippers” gave little...

With the festa dei morti just around the corner, we thought we’d dust off a very interesting mini-series of videos produced by the BBC in the United Kingdom. On the website of the British network a couple of years ago aired on October 31, the documentary “The beautiful dead”, rediscovering the Sicilian tradition of il giorno dei morti.  This mini-s...

Sicily is full of unique charm and boutique hotels are the perfect way to experience local culture while enjoying luxury. Their smaller size also means more space and less mixing with large crowds, a positive for many travellers since the pandemic. But, as in many countries, what is meant by a boutique hotel isn’t always clear. One of the options o...

On October 26th and 27th, Assovini Sicilia, an association representing over 90 of the best wine producers across the island, will present a selection of  interesting and unique wines from Sicily to a US press and trade audience for the first time ever. In collaboration with Colangelo & Partners, the event will showcase the unique variety the islan...

In 2021 rose to 58 the number of Italian sites that are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Now the ranking of the 10 most famous and visited has come out, thanks to the analysis of reviews on Google. All categories have been evaluated: cultural sites, natural sites (5) and cultural landscapes (8) that are part of the 58 UNESCO wonders. However...

The Independence Sicilian Heritage Festival has named new royalty for the 2022 festival season. Queen XIII Faith Liuzza was crowned Saturday during the 13th annual Miss Pageant at Mater Dolorosa School Gym. Also introduced were King Larry Cardaronella XIII, Queen XIII Faith Liuzza, Madre Brenda Liuzza, Grand Marshal Donnie Orlando. The 13th annual...

We all know, in Sicily we are practically obsessed with 2 things: eggplant and frying. And the two go perfectly hand in hand, don’t you think? Melanzane are delicious in any way you cook them: grilled, ammuttunate, baked, in oil.  But the absolute best way, the apotheosis of eggplant is absolutely fried! You will say, frying eggplants, what is so d...

Siracusa in Sicily is certainly one of the Italian cities with more variety of historical and artistic finds of the whole Italy. From the rationalist architecture you can go back through the history of the place through its vestiges, up to the ancient Greek settlement that made it one of the most powerful and magnificent cities of the entire Magna...

In the fall of 2019 I had the unique pleasure to be a guest of the Firriato winery on the island of Sicily. Today I’m featuring their Etna Bianco, Le Sabbie dell’Etna, highlighting the main grapes in the blend along with the Etna Bianco DOC wine region.  The Grapes  The Etna Bianco that I’m sharing today is made up of two Sicilian native white grap...