The Kern County Museum’s newest structure in Pioneer Village was christened last week by a small gathering of museum supporters, some with family names that are well known in Kern County. Longtime local grape grower George Giumarra was there with his wife, Marcia, and son Jeff. The family, with proud Sicilian roots, was central to Museum Director M...

The press conference for presenting the 400th anniversary of the Feast of Santa Rosalia 1624-2024 took place at the headquarters of the Italian Consulate in New York, attended by the Mayor of the Municipality of Palermo, Roberto Lagalla. This year marks the four-hundredth anniversary of the discovery of the miraculous remains of Santa Rosalia, the...

For those yet unaware, Palermo, not only cherished by its locals but admired far and wide, harbors some unique and exclusive features that distinguish it as the capital of Sicily. It boasts the largest historical center in Europe, a title recognized by UNESCO and only rivaled by Lisbon, Portugal’s capital. Palermo is home to Europe’s oldest paper d...

Solitary and wild, Marettimo has preserved a reserved and elitist profile. The furthest of the Egadi presents itself with high limestone walls covered by Mediterranean scrub that plunge into turquoise and crystalline sea waters. The white houses with blue windows of the small fishing village resemble the Greek landscape of the Cyclades. The rocky c...

A rare event was caught on camera over the weekend at Italy's Mount Etna, the most active stratovolcano in the world. The Sicilian volcano was seen spewing rare and nearly perfectly circular volcanic vortex bubbles – at some points, appearing pink in color against the sky.  Giuseppe Barbagallo, a member of the South Etna Alpine Guides Group, told R...

For those looking to visit Sicily and experience it in a new way, a good place to start is the Villa Igiea in Palermo. A cherished landmark, the villa is testament to a great Italian dynasty, the Florios, who were widely chronicled in Europe for both their business acumen and social prowess, as the Astors and Vanderbilts were in the U.S., during th...

The delights of Italy are universal: clinking Negronis in Rome, spinning a Riva through Venice’s Grand Canal, island-hopping off the shores of Sicily, all interlaced with hefty doses of wine, mozzarella, and art. It’s this limitless allure that has travelers from all over the world descend on the boot with near insatiable fervency, and often all at...

Whether you're single or in a couple, fantasise about a formal or symbolic union with your soulmate, or even if marriage isn't on your mind at all, our Top 10 of the best wedding venues in Italy in 2024 is tailor-made for dreaming. Foreign couples will find the most welcoming love nest for their perfect Italian destination wedding. We've carefully...

An important archaeological discovery in Sicily, where in Tripi (Messina), a village of just over 700 inhabitants nestled between the Nebrodi and Peloritani mountains: in fact, theagora of ancient Abakainon, an ancient city mentioned by Diodorus Siculus that was located in the area where Trippi now stands, has been found. These are remains of an im...

The second season of award-winning HBO dark comedy White Lotus, set in Taormina in Sicily, boosted flights from the US to Italy by 205%, Tourism Minister Daniela Santanchè said Thursday. Flights from Germany rose by even more, 265%, in the wake of the mini-series screening from October to December 2022, she said. Further, Santanchè said, "the seaso...