Italy is one of the most beautiful countries that you should visit at some point in your life. Many know Italy for the capital of Rome, the fashion city of Milan, the stunning Amalfi Coast, the magnificent canals of Venice. Still, few people know some of its most impressive villages. One of these impressive and very picturesque villages is Marzamem...

Scilla and Chianalea are both essentially the same place and yet they are completely different. You arrive in Chianalea via the tunnel from Scilla beach or down from Scilla old town and you are suddenly in "Little Venice" - that's what the locals call it... for me it is like falling into Wonderland. That is one of the things that is so wonderful ab...

Many passionate love stories start out nice enough, but somewhere along the way jealousy, cultural clashes, or rejection enter the stage…and romance turns to tragedy. Romeo and Juliet, Samson and Delilah, Tony and (I just met a girl named) Maria, and so many more illustrate this never-ending fascination with love gone bad. Sicily embraces her own t...

Although it arrived late this year, autumn in Sicily is always highly anticipated for the extraordinary colors of the landscapes and the flavors and aromas it brings to the tables. Just a few months before Christmas, Sicilian autumn cuisine is enriched with new seasonal products such as pumpkin, pomegranate, chestnuts and mushrooms. Lots of mushroo...

It must have been like manna from heaven when, in October 2020, HBO decided to locate its new hit drama, The White Lotus, at the Four Seasons on Maui, Hawaii. The luxury resort had been closed since the islands locked down in late March, but this meant suites could be reopened for filming and furloughed staff brought back to work. Now it’s the turn...

It’s no coincidence that National Pizza Month falls in October, a month that the US celebrates Italian-American Heritage. The ritual of pizza-making (along with pasta and sauce making) is much more important than a means to satisfy hunger — it’s a link to our past and a patrimony to pass down to future generations.  When we bake, we also lose our w...

Sicily is a treasure chest to discover, any time of year. From the Baroque cathedrals of Palermo to the temples of Agrigento and Segesta, from the splendid blue flag beaches of eastern Sicily to the marvellous mosaics of Piazza Armerina, not to mention the dreamy islands that dot the seas with which it is surrounded. Sicily is the largest island in...

A trip to Italy wouldn’t be complete without at least a glance around you at the  architecture. Look closely (or perhaps not even that closely) and you’ll find an incredibly varied range of architectural styles. In Venice, there’s the byzantine Basilica of Saint Mark with its intricately decorated golden facade. Travel slightly further south to Emi...

"Nebraska: where the West begins" was a tourism slogan referring to the fact that the Cornhusker State (the name comes from the way corn, the state's main product, was commonly harvested, by "husking" it by hand) occupies the central portion of the Frontier Strip, that unbroken border line that bisects the United States from north to south, startin...

A tiny, darkened hallway tucked away at Kidcity children’s museum leads to a new and cozy, wondrous room that evokes a piazza in Melilli, Sicily, just before dusk. A faux marble fountain of dolphins leaping high into the air seem frozen in time as the smell of coffee wafts from a cafe in the corner, and royal green handkerchiefs, scattered on the s...