The Siren’s Echo

After an acclaimed European tour, Sicilian musician and songwriter Carmen Consoli will release her live double CD, Eco di Sirene, on April 13. Regretfully, I will have to wait until I’m in Sicily next month to get my hands on this acoustic recording, but from the fan videos I’ve seen, it will be worth the…

Ancient Meets Contemporary

Quattro Canti, where the four ancient quarters of Palermo meet at the intersection of Via Maqueda and Corso Vittorio Emanuele, is also known as Teatro del Sole. As you can see from this photo by my cousin Filippo Buttitta, throughout each day and throughout each season, the sun lights up the statues on the four…

Diamonds Under the Soles of Your Shoes

The spellbinding inlaid floor of the La Chiesa di Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio (c. 1143) or, the “Martorana” Church, in Palermo is a splendid example of Arab and Norman architectural and decorative styles. Semi-precious stone and marble pieces create dizzying and spectacular mosaic designs.

Historical Car Race in Sicily

The Targa Florio Classic, pictured here from 2016 (Photo Credit: Filippo Buttitta), is a historical car race that travels through northern Sicily, including towns like Cerda, Castelbuono, and Cefalù. Cars wiz through the switchbacks of the National Parco delle Madonie. The final day includes an award ceremony at Palermo’s Teatro Massimo theater. This year’s Targa…

La Dolce Vita University

Experience Sicily friend Carla Gambescia recently published a wonderful book, La Dolce Vita University: An Unconventional Guide to Italian Culture from A to Z. We love entries such as G for Greek Soul of Sicily and N for Norman Arab Sicily! On Monday night, we enjoyed a fun evening of trivia in New York City…

Experience Sicilian Inspired Music in Connecticut

Concert! Join me (Allison Scola) and guitarist Joe Ravo on Sunday, April 8, in Farmington, Conn., when our Sicilian and Southern-Italian-inspired, American folk duo, Villa Palagonia, will perform a concert at the Sounding Board Coffeehouse. Agenda: Open Jam and Song Swap at 2PM; Concert at 3PM (2 sets with a 20-minute intermission). Where: The Lodge…

Marge, The Mayor, and Her Cousin

Today, I cried when I received a text with the attached photo from our Experience Sicily clients traveling in Sicily. With help from our guides and friends of Val di Kam and Pattitour Viaggi, Marge (second from the left, who turned 84 years old last week), her daughters, and her son-in-law not only found information…

Peace for Easter Monday

Buona Pasquetta! Happy Easter Monday! This is a close-up of one of the works of art from the Archi di Pane in San Biagio Platani. My cousin, Filippo Buttitta, attended the 2016 feast and took this photo.

Homage To Mother and Son

Happy Easter! Today marks the start of the “Archi di Pasqua,” or the Arches of Easter in San Biagio Platini in Agrigento Province. From now until May 6, the mountain town’s Corso Umberto (i.e., Main Street) will be decorated with elaborate archways, domes, and bell towers constructed using river reeds, willow, asparagus, bay leaf, rosemary,…

We Made Little Lambs (for Easter)

This flock of Favara-style Easter lambs was made by our Stirring Sicily cooking and wine tour group in September 2016 with chef Nino Elia and Zest of Lititz, Penn. under the direction of Annalisa Pompeo of GoSicily. In Sicily, the lamb is one of the most prominent symbols of Easter. The edible art is made…

Expressing Their Devotion in Enna

On Good Friday in Enna, Sicily, the hooded brotherhoods process throughout the ancient center, expressing their devotion to Jesus Christ and their patron saints. Photo credit: Filippo Buttitta (2017)

Carry That Weight

The various confraternities of the city of Enna participate in the Good Friday procession with much fervor. Photo credit: Filippo Buttitta (2017)