Elephants, the gentle giants of the animal kingdom, are today found only in two places in the world, Africa and South-East Asia. But did you know that, a long time ago during prehistory, there were elephants in Sicily, too? Yes, these beautiful animals of the elephantidae family used to be quite common around the Mediterranean. The Sicilian dwarf e...

Legend, art, culture, and fairytale landscapes: this is Tindari, delightful locality on the Gulf of Patti (located within the homonymous Comune) in the Province of Messina. Founded by Syracusan merchants during the war against Carthage (begun by Dionysius I of Syracuse) in 396 B.C., the ancient City of Tindari owes its name to Tyndareus, King of Sp...

After the victory of the European Football Championship and the extraordinary results obtained at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, this incredible Italian summer ended with another amazing sporting success, the one obtained by the unbeatable Italian athletes at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo. An extraordinary feat, because with only 113 athletes, Italy...

Recently, the fantastic youtube algorithm, instead of giving us the usual videos stuffed with cute kittens, finally recommended a very interesting video.  We came across a video posted back in 2016 by a certain Giovanni Castellana, listing 10 things you probably didn’t know about Sicily and as Giovanni writes in the video’s description, ‘The purpos...

A century-old connection between Omaha and Carlentini will become tighter when the two sign on a Sister City Friendship Agreement in late September. According to the release by the City of Omaha on Friday, “a friendship agreement provides opportunities for cultural, educational, and business partnerships and exchanges and is an initial step that ca...

The faithful returned to Golf Mill Park in Niles over the Labor Day holiday for the 121st annual Feast of Maria SS Lauretana Festival, a Sicilian religious tradition dating back to the 1620s in Italy and to the year 1900 in the Chicago area.  Although Friday, Sept. 3 and Saturday, Sept. 4 was a more traditional street festival with food, carnival r...

When you think of your favorite summer cocktail, what comes to mind? I’m guessing “chinotto” wasn’t your first thought. Here’s the great news: Even if you’ve never heard of chinotto, you still have time to grab some and get ready for the season. The most underrated member of the orange family is living a new life! Chinotto oranges (Citrus myrtifoli...

Google is a tool that is now an integral part of the daily life of each of us. Searching for songs, recipes, information and much more on the well-known search engine is a natural action, almost like drinking a glass of water. Among the numerous Google tools there is Destination Insight which is part of Google Travel Insight, useful for monitoring...

The Cathedral of Monreale near Palermo, Sicily, is one of the world’s greatest examples of Norman architecture, and is especially famous for the dazzling Byzantine mosaics guarded inside. It is part of the Unesco World Heritage site known as “Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalú and Monreale,” inscribed in 2015. The Cathedral is...

At a time when we still have to painfully realize how much the racial question is an open wound in the evolution of the United States of America and a very urgent situation to be resolved, our Italian heart in love with America is also shaken by the specious and mistaken attempts to promote hostility between the African American and Italian communi...