Mount Etna’s First Flora

When you walk on Etna’s craters you can imagine how rich the mineral-filled lavic soil will one day become. It takes 100 to 700 years for lava soil to support new vegetation growth. One of the first natural plants to return (and pictured here) is Sicilian astragalus. Others include camomile flowers, Etna rennet, and tansy…

Meet Miss Modican Cow

I met this lady last year while walking through the countryside of Ragusa province with Sicilia in Cammino. Dark red Modican cows may be seen throughout the countryside of southeastern Sicily and beyond. They are primarily bred for milk production in order to make Sicilian Ragusano and caciocavallo cheeses. Modican cows graze freely at pasture…

Drink This Landscape Next Saturday: Order By Midnight

Drink this landscape with us next Saturday! Order by midnight tonight! Join me, Allison Scola of Experience Sicily, with author and wine expert Benjamin North Spencer of Etna Wine School for an online, synchronous wine tasting on Saturday, August 22. Benjamin will be hosting from Sicily, and I’ll be your stateside emcee. Order your Experience…