Enter Stage Left

In the opera dei pupi, Sicily’s UNESCO recognized marionette theater, you can recognize the good guys because their shields possess suns and birds and they enter from stage left.

Carnevale, Valentine’s Day, Mythology, and Love in Sicily

Love is in the air! Today is Martedì Grasso–Fat Tuesday–the final day of Carnevale! It’s also the day before St. Valentine’s Day… mmm… considering the ancient practices of Carnevale, could it be related to how we interpret Valentine’s Day today? I’m not really sure, but I’ll venture to guess there is a relationship between the…

Sicily’s Almond Nougat

Freshly made almond nougat is prevalent at street festivals like Carnevale in Acireale, Sicily. The craftsmen who make the sugar and almond sweet, called cubaita in many parts of Sicily, put on a show right in front of your eyes, mixing and forming the boiling-hot, teeth-cracking bars in seconds as it quickly cools on the…

A Glimpse Of 2018 Carnevale

Experience Sicily’s Evelina Buttitta and Salvo Rubino are in Acireale, Sicily for Carnevale this weekend enjoying the festivities. Evelina sent me this photo of one of the floats to share with you. Enjoy!

Where Are Your Carnevale Masks?

Hey, guys, where are your masks? For Carnevale, it has been tradition for centuries to dress in costume in order to hide one’s identity. … Let’s start from the beginning. So, “carne” means meat, but really, it means flesh. In this case, flesh is for body. In pre-Christian times, this period of CARNE-vale, before the…

Carnival in Sicily

Teams of townspeople spend months planning and creating fantastic floats to showcase during Carnevale in Acireale. This animated Zeus from 2017 was a awe-inspiring work of art, especially at night, when the papier mâchè character was lit, as pictured, and he threatened to throw his flashing thunderbolts. During the days and evenings of Carnevale, the…

The Most Beautiful Carnevale in Sicily

As we approach Ash Wednesday next week, throughout Sicily revelers are celebrating Carnevale. Acireale, where I was for last year’s party, is the place to be! Over the next few days, tens of thousands of people will process through the town’s streets wearing costumes while throwing confetti, eating Sicilian-style almond nougat and other sweets, making…

Southern Secret #8: Naples Is Glorious

After visiting Naples, Italy for the first time, I was amazed at its beauty. Yes, that’s right, Naples is a beautiful, proud, and elegant city. We always hear negative comments about it, and just as with any big, populated city, yes, there are dark aspects of it; however, on Day 4 of Southern Secrets: Campania…

Southern Secret #7: Learn How To Live To 100

By guest blogger Danielle Oteri of Feast on History Cilento, the region tucked below the Amalfi Coast, is famous for the incredible longevity of its residents. The Mediterranean Diet orginated here, and scientists continue to study the many centenarians in the area to uncover their secrets. In the evening of Day 3 of Southern Secrets:…