The cost of prescriptions for medical cannabis for patients in Sicily will now be covered by regional authorities, following a decree signed by Sicilian health chief Ruggero Razza. The news means that patients suffering from chronic pain, cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis will have free access to medical cannabis, according to Italian news agen...

“We would not be who we are today without the grit and grind our ancestors endured,” says Sarah Campise Hallier, whose story we’re featuring on this month’s episode of our Back to Your Italian Roots series. Along with her mother and siblings, Sarah traveled to her ancestral town, tiny Poggioreale in western Sicily, for the first time last autumn....

In Italy we have a real veneration for St. Anthony the Abbot (not to be confused with Anthony the patron saint of Padua): let’s review the dozens of events organized in his honor on January 17th, the date of his death, from Lombardy to Sicily. And yet, reading some hints of his biography one discovers that the saint has no connection with our count...

Italian resorts aren’t like other resorts because there is no country quite like Italy. This is the diverse and multi-layered land that gave the world the concept of la dolce vita, and what its best hotels and resorts have in common is their strong sense of place mixed with easeful graciousness. Beyond that, however, luxury properties are as varied...

NICKNAMED THE “LIGHTHOUSE of the Mediterranean” for its steady towering glow, Stromboli is one of seven volcanic islands that make up the Aeolian archipelago off Sicily’s northern coast. Barely a quarter the size of Manhattan, and measuring just 3,031 feet above sea level, it reigns as one of the world’s most active volcanoes, having spewed founta...

Scala dei Turchi Patrimonio Unesco? Potrebbe accadere presto. L’Assemblea Regionale Siciliana ha approvato all’unanimità un ordine del giorno che impegna la giunta Musumeci a promuovere l’inserimento nel patrimonio mondiale, culturale e naturale dell’Unesco della celebre scogliera bianca di Realmonte (Agrigento), un gioiello ambientale minacciato d...

A 16 anni era tra gli spet­ta­to­ri del­lo sto­ri­co Ma­kum­ba a bal­la­re al rit­mo del roc­ka­bil­ly del suo ido­lo Tav Fal­co alla sua pri­ma ap­pa­ri­zio­ne in Si­ci­lia. Era l’e­po­ca del­la Ca­ta­nia che so­gna­va di di­ven­ta­re la Seat­tle ita­lia­na. Sul pal­co, poco pri­ma del­l’ar­ti­sta ame­ri­ca­no si era­no sca­te­na­ti i Bop­pin’ Kid...

If you didn’t already know it, Naval Air Station Sigonella has an extensive community relations program, and it conducts over 200 COMREL events annually throughout Sicily. Whether it’s helping to clean up a beach, painting school facilities, rehabbing churches, or practicing English speaking skills with Italian students, it’s a small way that we ca...

Si trova in Sicilia, a Siracusa, la prima rappresentazione figurativa della Natività. “Si dispone la greppia, si porta il fieno, sono menati il bue e l'asino. Si onora ivi la semplicità, si esalta la povertà, si loda l'umiltà e Greccio si trasforma quasi in una nuova Betlemme.” (Tommaso da Celano,  primo biografo di San Francesco) La rievocazione d...

Many Italians take to the mountains for a winter holiday. But it's not all about the Alps. If you want to explore further, here are some alternative ski destinations around Italy. Camigliatello Silano, Calabria – The ‘toe’ of Italy’s boot-shaped peninsula might be more commonly associated with beaches and summer sunshine, but within the woods of Ca...