The Catacombs of Palermo

Happy Halloween! The Catacombe dei Cappuccini in Palermo offers visitors with a taste for the macabre something remarkable. Actually a semi-underground cemetery, it publicly displays the remains of about 8000 people who were embalmed by the Cappuccini monks using a preservation process that was practiced by many monasteries. The process entailed, after removing the internal…

Siracusa’s Myth of Aretusa

In May, during our tour Myths & Mysteries of Sicily: As Above/So Below, we’ll be staying right near this stunning Fontana di Diana in Ortigia, Siracusa that tells the story of the Nereid-water nymph Aretusa and her protector, the goddess Artemis/Diana. One day while hunting in the forest in Greece, Aretusa decided to take a…

The Power Of The Pomegranate

Pomegranates (melograni in Italian) are in season. Scholars believe that the fruit was brought to Sicily by both the Phoenicians and the Greeks, not only for food, but also for religious reasons. Pomegranate seeds represent fertility, prosperity, abundance, and generosity. And because of the Persephone myth–when the maiden daughter of the goddess Demeter eats the…

Ancestry Research In Sicily

Today in Nicosia, Sicily our clients, the D’Alfonso family, met relatives they never knew they had. We at Experience Sicily did the documents research in advance, identified a local insider to help make introductions, and the rest is tears, smiles, and personal connection so deep, it’s like the roots of a 75-foot-tall tree! Distant cousins…