The tradition began two centuries ago, when a mid-December procession bearing the Madonna del Triunfu from Palermo to Ciminna arrived later than expected. “They were supposed to arrive at 6 p.m., but they didn’t make it into town until 1 a.m.,” explains Tony Napoli. “They had been eating and drinking along the way, so they were happy and dancing.”...

That Italy is beautiful goes without saying: I may be partial to the fairness of my own country, but I think the whole world has pretty much agreed on it, as heralded, for instance, by the large amount of UNESCO heritage sites in the country. What many may not know is that Italy, just as every country, doesn’t only have beautiful and historically r...

Little Rock's exploration of a new sister city relationship with Sicily's capital kicked off Friday with a delegation from Palermo visiting the city. The group -- which included an artist, a fashion designer, a tour operator and a chef from Palermo, Italy -- arrived in Arkansas' capital this week to take part in events centered on food and friendsh...

As the former capital of the Kingdom of Sicily, Palermo has long been regarded as one of the most important and dynamic cities in the Mediterranean. The Phoenicians, Romans, Byzantines, Greeks, Arabs and Normans all left their mark on the city making it a fascinating place to discover. And with United Airlines announcement of a new direct flight fr...

There are many episodes in the history of the United States that have seen Italians as protagonists. Some are very well known; others deserve to be known better. The subject of this interview is of the second type: not many people know about this, but it is really very interesting and tells how much since their birth the United States - and its lea...

Palazzo Bonocore is a magnificent 16th-century building on Piazza Pretoria, (also known as “Piazza della Vergogna” – that is “Square of Shame” – because of the naked statues in the amazing fountain at its center). The neoclassic style of the façade dates back to the first half of the 1800s, and echoes Milan’s La Scala Theater – an obvious influence...

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...

During a recent visit to Sicily I had the occasion to visit the Sanctuary of Gibilmanna. Situated about 2,400 feet above sea level, it is believed to be the first shrine in Italy dedicated to the Blessed Mother. Just outside of the coastal town of Cefalù, in the province of Palermo, our bus driver drove us safely to the summit of the Pizzo Sant’Ang...

E’ la palermitana Daria Biancardi la vincitrice della 12esima edizione di New York Canta – Festival della musica italiana a New York che si è svolto al Master Theatre di Brooklyn. Con il singolo “Come una danza” - scritto da Cassandra Raffaele - Daria è salita sul palco e incantato pubblico e giuria di esperti. Alle 2 di notte, ora italiana, Daria...

One of the most fascinating cities in Italy, with a thousand-years-old history, a historic center rich with churches and palaces, and a cuisine and street food scene to remember, Palermo makes for a perfect weekend break, easily reached by air from mainland Italy and Europe. Here are five things you should see and do when visiting Palermo. Start at...