Viceroy in Mexico

Miguel de la Grúa Talamanca de Carini y Branciforte. This Sicilian nobleman was viceroy of Nueva España from 1794 to 1798. Ruling from California to...

Salina and the Malvasia delle Lipario DOC

Among the seven Aeolian sisters, the central island of Salina, is perhaps the most beautiful and interesting one. This is not just because of its...

Gelo di mellone: a Palermo summer must

Many know that the queen ingredient of the Sicilian confectionary is the ricotta cheese and that this is the filling of the famous cannoli. Many...

Fattorie Romeo del Castello

In 1981 a terrible eruption of Mount Etna narrowly missed the town of Randazzo on the Northern slope of the volcano and destroyed many hectares...

Sicily culture and conquest

A beautiful exhibition about ancient and medieval history of Sicily will be hosted at the British Museum starting on April 21st. http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/sicily.aspx...

DOC Marsala: the 1st Italian DOC wine

Created in 1969 to protect the wines of Marsala from imitations, the DOC Marsala is the first one in Italy and refers to the special...

Sicily: an island of wines

Sicily, the largest of Italy’s 20 regions (25,710 square kilometers), ranks 4h in population (5,098,000).  Sicily’s average annual wine production of 6,940,000 hectoliters (3rd among...

Sicily in the UNESCO World Heritage List  

With its seven sites listed in the UNESCO World Heritage List and two cultural practices in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage, Sicily is one of...

Quod Siculis placuit….

Quod Siculis placuit, sola Sperlinga negavit (What pleased the Sicilians,was shunned only by Sperlinga). These wards, inscribed on an arch inside the castle of Sperlinga...

‘Ayin: the Phoenician Eye

‘Ayin is the sixteenth letter of the Semitic alphabet common to Phoenician, Hebrew, Aramaic, Arabic etc. In the Phoenician alphabet the ‘ayin was an eye-shaped letter and the...

Easter processions in Sicily

In Sicily as in Spain the spectacular and mighty processions of the good Friday and during the whole Easter week are expressions of the dark...

Arianna Occhipinti Wines

  A young woman who can listen to the territory: Arianna Occhipinti started with one hectare of vineyard in 2004, now she leads a successful winery that...

‘A putia

In the old Roman world the word apotheca (from Greek apotheki) was used to call a food store with a wine outlet, a sort of...

Sicilian buccellato

Italy is perhaps more known in the world for its “Panettone”, the traditional Christmas cake originally made in Milano but here in Sicily we eat...

Prickly pears, Indian figs

 Autumn is the season for prickly pears…and Sicilians are mad for prickly pears. From September to Christmas grocers display colourful boxes of those fruits and...

St.Martin’s day and summer

When Sicily wasn’t affected by the climate changes and summer did not last ten months a year, the arrival of Autumn meant the arrival of...

Sicily: Art and Invention between Greece and Rome

Crossroad of Greeks, Phoenicians and Romans, battle field during the Peloponnesian wars, Greek-Punic wars, Roman- Punic wars of the 5th, 4th, and 3rd centuries B.C...

Caciocavallo o cosacavaddu ?

  Under the name of caciocavallo or cosacavaddu as it is called in some areas of Sicily there are different cheeses produced in the South of...

The routes of Charles V  

Charles V of Habsburg, King of Spain and Sicily and Emperor of the Holy German Empire, has been perhaps the king in the whole history...

Frutta di Martorana

The frutta di Martorana, fruits of Martorana, is one of the oldest sweet prepared with marzipan and it is so appreciated in Sicily that it...