The Valley of the Temples in Agrigento is the first archaeological park to obtain an official ‘Covid-free’ certification. “We expect the certification to be a great boost for international tourism; we have developed so many measures to guarantee the safety of visitors and staff that we were the first to receive an official virus-free certification,...

The archaeological area of Agrigento, known as the ‘Valley of the Temples,’ is located along the southern coast of Sicily; a Unesco World Heritage site since 1997, it comprises the vast territory of the ancient polis (i.e. a city-state in ancient Greece), from the Rupe Atenea hill to the acropolis of the original ancient city, as well as the sacred...

Italy is so full of natural wonders that it is hard to know where to begin. Even after more than a decade of living in Rome, I feel like I am barely beginning to scratch the surface of things to see. However, the white, undulating Scala dei Turchi has been at the top of my must-visit list ever since I first saw a picture of the rocky beach formatio...

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...

A group of Torrington middle and high school students and participants in the Connecticut Academy for the Arts’ Italian fine arts outreach program will be recognized for winning a literary contest on Nov. 20. Superintendent of Schools Sue Lubomski is expected to honor the group during the Board of Education meeting, starting at 6 p.m. The students...

Over the past few years, numerous towns in Italy have resorted to selling homes for just over a dollar in a bid to revitalize their dwindling communities. Zungoli near Naples and Sicily's Sambuca were the most recent Italian destinations to get in on the act, launching schemes promoting dilapidated properties for just over a dollar with the hope of...

Why travel to Italy in the fall? The better question is: "Why not?" While the country's peak summer tourism season is over, insiders know that September through the fall is in fact the best time to travel to Italy. "Italy is gorgeous in September," says Fulvio De Bonis, the founder of Imago Artis Travel, a Rome-based company that sells luxury Italy...

The main event of the Dolce & Gabbana’s four-day show, a womenswear Alta Moda Fashion Show took place in the southern Sicilian town of Agrigento on July 5, 2019. The Alta Moda was launched in Taormina back in 2012, then held in Palermo 5 years later in 2017. Agrigento’s Alta Moda is the third one for now. The Alta Moda took place in one of the best...

I met Andrea Camilleri twice in Milan at the Hotel Manin in the late ’90s. The Sicilian literary phenomenon was not a kid at the time. He was already in his seventies when he created Inspector Salvo Montalbano, the main character of his humorous, colorful and intense detective stories. Those books published by Sellerio Editore in Palermo were makin...

Whether it was “When the saints go marching in,” My girl” or “Stand by me,” the high-energy performances of the U.S. Navy “Topside Brass Band” at the “Almond Blossom Festival” were a memorable success! As part of the annual ten-day Festival celebrating cultural diversity, our Consulate arranged for an ensemble of seven Navy Band musicians to perfor...