There are two parallel culinary worlds in Palermo: traditional home cooking and street food. Palermitans are very proud of their traditional food, and I’d advise a stop at Trattoria da Nonna Dora for pasta con le sarde, which celebrates local ingredients sardines, pine nuts, raisins and wild fennel. A generous portion costs €6. After fresh fish? Tr...

Rolling hills covered with wheat fields and dotted with wind turbines stretched into the distance as far as the eye could see. Occasionally, a stone village appeared among them, terraced along the hillside or sitting atop a ridge overlooking the ochre-and-gold landscape. The scenery could have been out of Val d'Orcia – the Tuscan region of The Glad...

The National Biodiversity Future Center (NBFC), Italy's first national research center for biodiversity, hosted at the University of Palermo, opened on Thursday. The announcement was by the Council for Research in Agriculture and Agrarian Economy Analysis (CREA), which is taking part in the project.The center, provided for the National Recovery and...

The legend of the Testa di Moro or Moor’s Head,  is one of the best known of the Sicilian tradition. To tell the truth, there are two versions of this same story, linked to an important symbol of Sicilianity. In fact, the Testa di Moro represent Sicily all over the world. Beautiful and colourful, with attention to detail and precious, are chosen no...

In Valle d’Aosta, the harvest has been going on since mid-August, but in Sicily, on Etna, it will perhaps begin in mid-September, at least 10 days late. An Italy literally split in two: from North to South, that of the heroic harvest, or the maneuvers, mostly manual, that are being set in motion for the harvest of grapes in the most inaccessible an...

In the hinterland of Agrigento, some 20 kilometres from the seaside town of Sciacca, lies one of the most beautiful villages in Italy: Sambuca di Sicilia.  The village, of Arab origins, was founded as far back as 830 A.D. but still retains traces of its Islamic matrix. Walking through its streets will be like going back in time. Sambuca is a true c...

In Sicily, beer is not just a drink, it is much more. It is understanding, it is sharing, it is a universe of stories to be enjoyed and discovered, sip after sip. From squares to pubs and private terraces, beer turns into a moment of merriment, a great excuse to take a break from the daily routine. And then, let’s face it, beer pairs perfectly with...

Fact: On March 30, 1282, as the bells of Palermo, Sicily tolled for Vespers, a Sicilian woman crying “Death to the Angevins!” led a people’s uprising against the French garrison occupying the city. Within six weeks, Sicilian rebels slayed more than three thousand Angevin soldiers across the island. The turbulent events of 1282 became known as the S...

Red garlic from Nubia is a key ingredient in the cuisine of Trapani. Nubia is a small town in the vicinity of Paceco in the Trapani province. The cultivation of this particular bulb happens mostly in the natural Saline di Trapani reserve and Paceco as well as in the neighboring areas of Erice, Buseto Palizzolo, Valderice, Marsala, Salemi and Trapan...

September is a perfect month to go on holiday in Italy. Temperatures are still mild but more pleasant than in July and August. The beaches and art cities empty out, without the large crowds of tourists. Prices for flights and accommodation are much lower than in the other summer months.  But where to go in Italy in September? The temperatures are s...