The island of Favignana, the largest of the Egadi Archipelago, is called “the butterfly" (with spread wings) because of its peculiar shape, divided into two parts by the hill of Santa Caterina. Known as Aegusa by Greeks, then it changed its name to Favignana for the Favonio wind, which always blows there, making its climate mild and fresh. Nowadays...

A year and two months since the first Covid-19 case was reported, Italy is still battling the virus. However, things may just have begun looking up: this week, most of the country will be placed in the lowest-risk zona gialla, meaning cafés and restaurants will finally open for both lunch and dinner, albeit only outdoor. Cinema, theatres and museum...

Arancini are among the most popular Sicilian recipes in the world. Whether traditional or gourmet, the beloved rice ball continues to be eaten by all.Arancini can be rounded or cone-shaped. There is an almost age-old debate about their name because they are called arancine in Palermo and the western part of Sicily, arancini in Catania and the east...

Tour through Star Wars filming locations, the most loved science fiction saga of all time. Trip to the Dolomites, Lake Como, Caserta Royal Palace, and the Mount Etna. Star wars is a famous saga by George Lucas, the US film director, screenwriter, and producer, which was released in 1977. Belonging to the subgenre of science fiction called space ope...

It's no secret that Palermo is well known for its street food, much of which comprises the fifth quarter – or the offal and remains from butchered animals. Once reserved for the poor, these preparations have withstood the test of time and are among some of the most sought-after eats in the Sicilian capital, alongside pane e panelle (a chickpea frit...

The pandemic is raging, quarantine rules are changing by the day, and there’s still uncertainty over when we might vacation again, but one thing remains constant in the travel world: the €1 houses of Italy. This month, it’s the turn of another Sicilian town, Castiglione di Sicilia, to offer houses for the price of a coffee. On the slopes of Mount E...

Italy has produced the first robot in the world that thinks out loud and so learns new things like children, arousing empathy in humans. The robot has been created by two Palermo University experts, Arianna Pipitone and Antonio Chella. Pipitone is an expert in computational models for language and Chella an expert in informatics and robotics. Their...

I think we all agree on this: Palermo is one of Italy’s most beautiful cities. Crossroad between East and West, it is a melting pot of cultures, people, flavors and colors. It is reminiscent of the Middle East like no other place in the country and, for this reason alone, it would be magical already. But it has so much more.  For instance, did you...

Italy offers first-class attractions for sea-lovers who can make spectacular journeys through the shapes and colors of the Mediterranean, tropical and exotic habitats reproduced to the smallest detail in Italian aquariums in order to discover everything there is to know about the underwater world. The Aquarium of Genoa in Liguria was designed by th...

The Sons of the Two Sicilies Smoking and Pipe Club is a gathering place for the smokers, collectors and creators of tobacco pipes made in the territories of the former Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.  For over one hundred and fifty years, the Italian Peninsula has been an important hub for the manufacture of tobacco pipes. From the finest artisans cra...