Wearing Sicily

For a unique gift for the Sicilofile in your life, stop here! Gelsomino Imports carries handmade paper jewelry inspired by Sicilian art, landscape, and lights produced by The Foxies. This bracelet is made from the 1154 planisphere of the Mediterranean (specifically Sicily) drawn up by thinker and geographer Muhammad Al-Idrisi (1099–1165). Known as the Tabula…

Good Friday In Enna, Sicily

Live from Sicily! Yesterday, we went to the Good Friday procession in Enna, where 16 brotherhoods recognized the death of Christ with humility, covering their solemnity as to keep the focus on the commemoration. I know the costumes may trigger offensive thoughts for Americans. Please set this aside, for our association with hoods such as…

The Light Of The World In Cefalù Cathedral

Santissimo Salvatore della Trasfigurazione (also known as Christ Pantocrator) anchors the apse of the UNESCO recognized cathedral, or duomo, of Cefalù. Boasting a remarkable Byzantine-style mosaic of Christ Pantocrator (pictured), the cathedral was commissioned in 1131 by the visionary Norman King Roger II after his ship found refuge on this spot during a harrowing storm….

The Goddess Within

Happy International Women’s Day! I offer this statuette of the goddess Cybele, the ancient mother goddess from Anatolia, as homage to all of the mothers and women in leadership and caretaking positions. Your power is profound and inspirational. You all have goddesses within! This marble piece is Roman from 1st-2nd century AD, based on a…