Italy may be considered one of the world’s best summertime escapes but there are many advantages in visiting during the winter months. When you travel during low season, you’ll find fewer tourists, optimal skiing conditions in the north with mild temperatures in the south and a festive spirit around the holidays. Not to mention, Italy’s most beauti...

It is one of the most typical and fascinating castles in Sicily. An invincible fortress that still retains its characteristics intact. It was built by digging into the sandstone rock and partly built above it. The Sperlinga castle is unique in its kind, also because of its large dimensions. Inside the castle there are spaces once used as stables, p...

Stereotypes exist in so many forms, and none so comedic as the Italian nose. I remember the moment my elementary school nose began to show off. Minutes turned into months turned into years, and the nose just kept growing. I vividly recall staring in the mirror, confidently trying to find my best angle, only to realize that my nose took center stag...

The Sicilian Butcher, Craft Meatballs and Charcuterie Bar, in tandem with Sicilian Baker, Cannoli Bar and Market, are scheduled to open on Dec. 19, 2019 at Chandler Viridian Primegate within Chandler Fashion Center. Brought by the visionaries and operators of Tomaso’s Italian Restaurant, Tomaso’s Italian Kitchen, and Hash Kitchen, The Sicilian But...

The modern day celebration of Santa Lucia (Saint Lucy’s Day) on December 13 is generally associated with Sweden and Norway, but is also observed in some parts of Italy, where it is actually a very ancient tradition that dates back to 1337. The feast is a Catholic celebrated holiday with roots that can be traced back to Sicily. St. Lucia is the patr...

Traveling by train in Italy is one of the best ways to move within the boot and luckily for passengers, there are some seriously scenic routes that one can enjoy. They offer mountain views, coastal perspectives and panoramas of the stunning countryside dotted with medieval hilltop towns. For those who are also conscious of their impact while explor...

Sicily has been called the gateway to Europe or a land that straddles two continents, as it sits on the collision point between the tectonic plates of Eurasia and Africa. It’s a melting pot of cultures and people, the home of many Italian-Americans’ ancestors, and it’s one of the most exciting places for food and wine in the entire world. It is at...

The spirit of Salvatore “Sam” Nicolosi is alive and well at Nicolosi’s Italian Restaurant, which the Sicilian immigrant originally opened with his wife, Francesca, on Goldfinch Street in Mission Hills in 1952. Here, at its thrice-relocated home on Navajo Road, he is captured in vintage photographs while the intoxicating aromas and flavors from his...

“È bello ritrovarsi tra i siciliani in America e rivivere le tradizioni che ho vissuto in parte anche da piccola! Così è stato sabato scorso, a Chicago, per il 38esimo Anniversario della Festa in onore di Santa Fara organizzata dalla Società Santa Fara di Cinisi (Chicago), presieduta da Carlo Vaniglia, che ringrazio per l’invito e per il suo costan...

A dream that became reality.  In Favara, province of Agrigento, there is an important outdoor museum of contemporary art. Unique in its kind, it is visited every year from more than 100,000 people coming from every part of Europe. The “Farm cultural park” was born in 2010 and to give life to the project is notary Andrea Bartoli and his wife, the la...