Named after the mythical god of the wind, the seven Aeolian islands off Sicily are a remote destination full of wild, rugged adventure. The lack of mass flights means the islands are blissfully peaceful, a time capsule of slow-paced Italian summer holidays that belong in an Elena Ferrante novel. To write an Aeolian Islands guide is not a matter o...

In 2015 I attended my first National Italian American Foundation Gala in Washington, DC. Somewhat intimidated by the size of the venue, the 2,000 hosts in tuxedos or evening gowns, and the importance of those in attendance, I discovered that at my table were CEOs and managers of the highest caliber, with their respective spouses.  My surprise was g...

Buyers from all around the world have been snapping up dilapidated Italian homes at rock bottom prices over the past few years as numerous depopulated towns and villages attempt to revive their dwindling communities by offering property bargains. While the prospect of substantial structural upgrades, along with the red tape often involved in purcha...

There are few more universally appreciated moments in design than a dramatic before-and-after reveal—especially when the home in question is an 18th-century Sicilian palace. Palazzo Castelluccio was built by the region’s most prominent patriarch, Marquis di Lorenzo del Castelluccio, in 1782, following the devastating earthquake that struck nearly a...

Google Camp 2022 chooses Sicily again. This time, however, no temples but the Verdura Resort in Sciacca, the ultra-luxury facility designed by Rocco Forte. Big businessmen and VIPs have arrived in Sicily, and as far as entertainment is concerned, Andrea Bocelli has been chosen. The Google Camps are exclusive meetings focused on the most topical iss...

Ohio University students studying abroad on the Italian island Sicily as a part of the Food in Sicily program experienced first-hand how service organizations combat some of society's biggest issues, such as: dangers posed to migrants, reintroduction to society from prison and food insecurity. The volunteer and social activities in Food in Sicily —...

A dried fruit nut with a taste and aroma that's universally recognized as unique and particular, a feast for taste buds. We're talking about green gold, that's how pistachios from Bronte are defined and not only for their intense colour that distinguishes them from other family varieties, but for their wealth in beneficial properties and for econom...

It’s reductive to consider Sicilian carts as mere vehicles. These carts are so rich in color and decorations that, according to Marianna Gatto of the Italian American Museum in Los Angeles, they’re best described as “walking books”. For the painter from Palermo, Gianfranco Fiore (who decorates these carts), they represent the most popular, creative...

The 118th celebration of the MSS Feast, held this year as a two-day event at Holy Saviour Church, will show yet again the very close connection of Norristown to the city of Sciacca in Sicily. The MSS Feast, which is highlighted on Sunday Aug. 14 by the traditional street procession through the east end of Norristown, with 25 people carrying a statu...

Artisanal ice cream is the real star of summer. In Sicily, you can enjoy ice cream in every corner of the big city centers and the smaller inland villages. From the eastern side to the western side, historic and new ice cream parlors are flourishing, ready to surprise locals and tourists with new delicious flavors. So many flavors, so many tastes o...