While focaccia is most closely associated with Liguria,  various iterations of the beloved flatbread stud the peninsula…and a few miles beyond – here's a look at three that are native to Sicily.   The nuns invented it Palermo's sfincione is one of the Sicilian capital's must-eat street foods. A pizza by the slice of sorts, sfincione has humble orig...

Move over Tucci! With the hope that Sicily will soon allow tourists to wander its enchanting and somewhat mysterious island by the end of the year, an American tourist shares her pre-pandemic journey through the captivating western side of Sicily. With an American tour group, and led by island native and genealogist Rosario Sanfilippo (@Sicilyances...

Etna has calmed down after a recent series of spectacular eruptions from Europe's tallest active volcano, local volcanologists said in Catania on Friday. The lava flow from the south-east crater responsible for the latest blasts has stopped, said the Etna Observatory of the National Institute for Geopphysics and Volcanology (INGV-OE). Etna on Thurs...

At a recent tasting of wines from Maremma, I began to think…this region of Tuscany is often compared to Provence, northwest of the area by some 400 miles and around the bend of the Ligurian Sea, but comparisons with Sicily, almost 650 miles due south, bear remarkable similarities. Both see fewer tourists than other Italian regions, yet there are so...

Michele Romeo, chitarrista siciliano, compositore, arrangiatore, music producer, ha da poco completato la sua laurea triennale in Professional Music al Berklee College e già lavora al suo terzo album, che lo vede impegnato sia nella scrittura musicale che nella produzione. Aveva dieci anni quando Michele inizia a suonare la chitarra con il maestro...

“You have to be smart to come to Ibla," award-winning writer Gesualdo Bufalino (1920 - 1996) wrote of the land surrounding the Hyblean mountains, a range in southeast Sicily. Of course, this was well before anyone could foresee that Val di Noto’s baroque villages would become the backdrop for Montalbano, one of Italy’s most popular TV shows. Bufali...

Italy is ripe with unplucked earth. From Camogli to Matera, there are a lot of aqua waters and rural escapes locals don’t want you to pollute. In this Bat Kiss ravaged era, one of these offbeat gems been getting quite a bit of press though: Italy’s Aeolian islands. These include: Lipari, Vulcano, Panarea, Salina, Alicudi, Filicudi and Stromboli. Th...

Forget cappuccino and the croissant-like brioche/cornetto. In Sicily, locals start their summer days on a sweet and refreshing note, breakfasting on granita câ brioscia, or granita with brioche.  Granita for breakfast A Sicilian specialty, granita is a cold, sweet treat made from water, sugar, and fruit that is never completely frozen. It's mixed c...

Aztec Chocolate in Sicily: An online cooking lesson presented by Annalisa Pompeo. Introduction to the history of the Aztec chocolate in Modica by Pierpaolo Ruta. Moderated by Teresa Fiore (Inserra Chair, Montclair State University). Closing remarks by Floriana Di Gesù (Università degli Studi di Palermo) When: Monday April 19, 2021   11:00am-12:30pm...

Every Good Friday in Trapani a centuries-old tradition representing the Passion and death of Christ is repeated: the twenty-four hours Procession of the Mysteries (Misteri). The Procession of the Mysteries (Misteri) of Trapani still arouses great emotion and excitement in town. The Mysteries are eighteen sculptural groups and two simulacra made bet...