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...

Sicilian Baroque is a distinctive form of Baroque architecture in Sicily, which flourished after a massive earthquake in 1693 destroyed at least 45 towns in south-eastern Sicily, among them Catania, Ragusa, Modica, Scicli and Ispica. Rebuilding began almost immediately; local architects, many of whom had trained in Rome, were inspired to recreate t...

This is the first of a four-part series exploring Sicily’s wines. In Part One, I will give a brief overview of Sicilian wines. In Parts Two and Three, we will highlight Sicily’s top rated white and red wines. Finally, in Part Four, I will discuss the future of Sicilian wines in an interview with Lynn Sherriff, MW, a widely acknowledged authority on...

Caltanissetta is quite a large city in Sicily; the city is located in an area surrounded by rolling hills and smaller cities and villages. Caltanissetta is a major hub for transport and trade in the region and has had a long impressive history. The origins of the city can be traced back to 406 BC when a fort was built here by Admiral Nicia. The cit...

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...

E’ la prima donna, non americana, a ricoprire l’incarico di direttore del Center for Contemporary Opera di New York, il centro che si occupa delle produzioni contemporanee di opera. Un nuovo ruolo che la palermitana Francesca Campagna ha accettato con sfida ed entusiasmo. Radici sicule ma una vocazione cosmopolita fanno di Francesca una profession...

It’s a fixed place on any Italian deli counter, a staple in fridges and larders across the peninsula. White and rubbery, beige and flaky, solid and golden, cheeseboards from Milan to Palermo are sure to contain a few varieties. ‘Parmesan’ may be better known internationally, for Italians, though, this humble, unpretentious cheese plays a far more i...

The profile of the Norman Cathedral is the most recognizable element of Cefalù’s urban skyline. With its imposing two towers, the building has stood out against the houses and the sea of this seaside town near Palermo in Sicily for nine centuries. Earlier this year, the towers of Cefalù’s Cathedral have become accessible to the public for the first...

The Italian American Baseball Foundation returned to Italy for a second time. This time they put on five clinics in five towns. The trip was organized by FIB'S Marco Landi and IABF President Joe Quagliano. Former MLB player and MLB hitting coach, Mike Pagliarulo, and IABF board member and former FIBS player Mark Cardillo put on clinics for nearly 3...