Joe Ficalora, noto banchiere di New York, italoamericano di origini siciliane, secondo quanto riporta “GDS.it”, ha donato 50mila dollari all’ospedale di Bronte per potenziare il pronto soccorso contro il Covid-19, con un ventilatore e altre apparecchiature. Presidente, amministratore delegato e direttore della «New York Community Bank» (uno degli i...

When asking a friend what time you should meet for lunch, she may say ‘a mezzogiorno’ – at midday, at noon, or at 12pm.  However, when Italians use the word ‘il Mezzogiorno’, they are not always be talking about lunchtime. Instead they could be referring to the southern area of Italy, including the regions Abruzzo, Molise, Campania, Puglia, Basilic...

IN THE MIDDLE AGES, THE story goes, a great famine ravaged Sicily. Peasants starved. The rain refused to come. In desperation, villagers prayed to Saint Joseph, the Biblical carpenter whom Christians believe to be Jesus Christ’s earthly foster father. If the Saint would intervene on their behalf, the Sicilian people promised, they would honor him w...

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...

Legend has it that in 1625, as a plague swept Palermo and killed dozens of people each day, Saint Rosalia appeared before a man. Rosalia, a young Sicilian hermit who died 500 years earlier, told him that if the people of Palermo walked in procession while carrying her relics, to be found in a grotto on Monte Pellegrino, then the “evil fever” would...

The event has its roots in the Middle Ages: the tradition says that every year the St. Joseph feast in Scicli is honored with a ride through the streets of the city where the typical bonfires light up the night, recalling the escape to Egypt of Joseph, Mary and the baby Jesus, riding on a donkey. According to some historians, the tradition of bonfi...

The Italian American St. Joseph Society celebrated their 50th year of serving 500 pounds of pasta. This year, they asked people to wait at their tables to be served after the pasta was made.  Parade Marshal and Chef David Greco puts pasta into a giant bowl during the 50th annual St. Joseph's Pasta Party at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside hotel in...

The Fairgrounds horse Race Track of New Orleans hosted sixty members of the Societa Italiana di Mutua Beneficenza Cefalutana on Sunday March 8, 2020. Cefalù is a city located geographically in the middle of the northern coast of Sicily. The word “Cefalutana” comes from the old Sicilian dialect, meaning “of or from Cefalù.” The Società Italiana di M...

“Sono estremamente commossa per queste anime gentili che ci stanno dando una mano”. Ha la voce rotta dal pianto Sabrina Ciulla, fondatrice dell’associazione Anirbas, attività di volontariato che si occupa dei senza tetto e di famiglie bisognose. Ha appena ricevuto la telefonata di Tony Di Piazza, vice presidente del Palermo Calcio, che le ha annunc...

“Etna giveth and Etna taketh away” is the mantra of the locals who have lived in symbiosis for millennia with this imposing volcanic peak—one of the most active in the world—that looms over Sicily’s eastern coastline. Its uninterrupted belching of ash and dust for the past 500,000 years has coated Mt. Etna’s slopes in a fertile mantle of volcanic s...