Sicily is one of the most visually attractive regions of Italy but lately is becoming equally known for its moderately priced table wines made from indigenous grapes grown in its rich volcanic soils. Our first encounter with Sicilian wines began in the 1970s with the ubiquitous and inexpensive Corvo wine often seen on red-checkered tablecloths in I...

We are in Palermo and in the heart of the Loggia, very close to the Duomo of San Domenico and the Vuccira market, there is the extraordinary Pietro Tramonte Itinerant Library The history The library was born on the 14th of February 2013, when  Mr. Pietro Tramonte, accountant, retired. Just three days after his retirement, he did not relax and he st...

Voodoo, curses, witchcraft. We’ve all heard the stories about magic and mischief.  But growing up Italian, you may have experienced these kinds of things more intimately than most. Sicilian curses have been around forever. If you are Italian, it’s most likely a thing you grew up with but may not know a lot of information on them.  What are they? Ho...

There are almost twenty museums of Italian emigration to America, and another one has recently been inaugurated. It is part of a wonderful complex in the US Capital, Washington DC. I am pleased to have Francesco Isgrò as guest and protagonist of this interview, President of this wonderful new place that celebrates the Italian American experience an...

On this episode of You, Me & Sicily we sample some typical Sicilian street foods that will make you go WOW! Sicilian street foods may differ in different provinces but some typical ones are arancini, crispelli, fish snacks of all types, bread filled with ham or some type of vegetables, sausage sandwiches, and many more choices at festivals and ever...

Vincenzo Arcobelli was born in Sicily, in Catania and lived in Paternò up to 1993 when he moved to Texas, following his desire to know a different culture and a world definitely more advanced.Arcobelli, today instructor pilot commander of commercial civil aviation, has met Italian Americans of great cultural, entrepreneurial and political depth as...

Mount Etna, the active volcano on the east coast of Sicily, continued to erupt on 4 March, emitting a 12-km high plume of smoke and ash into the sky. The north-eastern city of Catania, along with a number of other towns and villages, was covered in a layer of ash and lapilli. However Catania airport remained operational, with a south-easterly breez...

Women are influencing the wine landscape all over. Today, they represent more than half of the wine purchases in the US. There has been a transformation in the worldwide wine industry that now sees women occupying prominent roles in every area, from sommelier to importers; from writers to winemakers. Meininger’s Wine Business, an international publ...

Among Italy’s wonders are not just works of art and incredible monuments; even nature has been generous with our Bel Paese. One natural wonder that never ceases to amaze is Mount Etna in Sicily, Italy’s tallest volcano, reaching a height of 3,326 m (10,912 ft); it is the world’s most active volcano.  Etna can be both an eden and hell, depending on...

In Italy there are some really unique villages in the world. Some are famous for their history and some others are very special thanks to their "profile". Centuripe has both of these characteristics. But what catches the eye is undoubtedly its shape. It immediatelyely recalls resemblance to some other forms. What does it look like to you? Centuripe...