Masques For Carnevale In Sicily

Buon Martedì Grasso! Happy Fat Tuesday! Today marks the final day and pinnacle of Carnevale, a topsy-turvy, days-long party of letting go, hidden identity, and mischief that has been celebrated since ancient times. Today’s Carnevale is observed similarly to our American Halloween–children dress in costumes that they plan for weeks and adults attend parties during…

Finding Their Roots in Palazzolo Acreide, Sicily

“Thank you Allison. This experience has totally changed us forever. Rosa [our guide] is truly amazing and what she accomplished for us has touched our hearts ♥ forever, ” wrote our Experience Sicily clients today after their visit to their ancestral town of Palazzolo Acreide. This was thrilling to hear! Lena obtained official birth certificates…

Lena’s Sicilian Ancestral Town Visit

Today we have clients visiting the Late Baroque Sicilian Town of Palazzolo Acreide for a heritage experience. They’ll start their day here, at the Municipal Hall’s office of vital records with their local, expert English-speaking guide. Lena and her children John and Carole, will visit la Chiesa di San Sebastiano where Lena’s parents married before…

Sicily’s Salt Pans

The saltworks or “Le Saline” of Trapani and Marsala have been exploited since Phoenician times (c. 800 BC). The shallow salty waters, high temperatures, and arid winds make for excellent conditions for harvesting salt from the sea. For centuries, windmills mechanized the process of cultivating and processing the salt that is exported to kitchens throughout…

Feel Like Royalty In Sicily

Castles exist all over Sicily. And on our final day of Experience Sicily’s October 2020 Sicily tour, you’ll have time to ascend the stairs of this one at Castellammare del Golfo after we’ll have taken a boat excursion on the magnificent Tyrrhenian Sea. Inside is an outstanding ethnographic museum. When you cross what once was…