Southern Secret #6: Go South of Amalfi

By guest blogger Danielle Oteri of Feast on History The coast of Cilento, pictured, is a wild, unspoilt shoreline that is part of Italy’s largest national park, south of the Amalfi Coast. On our third day of Southern Secrets: Campania and Sicily’s Hidden Corners (June 29 – July 8, 2018), we’ll explore the fishing villages…

Sant’Agata Inspires Community in Catania

Catania’s faithful engage in back-breaking activities to illustrate their devotion and honor their patroness, Sant’Agata, during these days of the feast. Through rituals, they emulate her suffering over three days of torture. Meanwhile, the “cittadini” also help each other and are kind and communicative with each other to get through the work. For example, to…

Celebrating Saint Agatha in Sicily

Viva Sant’Agata! For the next three days in Catania, Sicily’s second largest city, devotees of Sant’Agata will feverishly celebrate the virgin martyr who is identified by iconography where she is carrying her breasts on a plate. The city’s patroness (pictured as Roman soldiers attempted to burn her at the stake in this painting photographed in…

Southern Secret #5: Create Your Own Ritual

WRITTEN by GUEST BLOGGER, Danielle Oteri of Feast on History | Create your own ritual when you walk through these columns on our second day of Southern Secrets: Campania and Sicily’s Hidden Corners (June 29 – July 8, 2018). Built for what was then the Greek city of Poseidonia, this site became known as Paestum…

Southern Secret #4: Eat with Royalty

WRITTEN by GUEST BLOGGER, Danielle Oteri of Feast on History Guests always fall in love with Baronessa Cecilia Baratta Bellelli, who, in spite of her royal title, is extremely down to earth. On our second day of Southern Secrets: Campania and Sicily’s Hidden Corners (June 29 – July 8, 2018), you’ll learn to cook from…

It Takes A Village

Thank you to everyone who came to meet us at the Experience Sicily booth and hear us during our concerts at this weekend’s New York Times Travel Show … from the stateside team: Madeleine, Giulia, and me, Allison (pictured)! (We missed our Sicily side team led by Evelina!) I especially want to thank my father…

Join Us at the NY Times Travel Show This Weekend

Join us at the 2018 New York Times Travel Show, today, Sat. Jan., 27, and tomorrow, Sun., Jan. 28. in New York City at the Javits Center! Find Experience Sicily at Booth #665. (Here I am during yesterday’s trade day talking with some intrepid travelers!). Additionally, I’ll be performing Sicilian folk music on the Europe…

Southern Secret #3: Oh, Maccheroni

WRITTEN by GUEST BLOGGER, Danielle Oteri of Feast on History our co-host for Southern Secrets: Campania and Sicily’s Hidden Corners (June 29 – July 8, 2018) … Behind you are the mountains and the Cilento National Park where medieval villages persist and organic farms abound. This bountiful land is Chef Mario Stellato’s palette from which…

Southern Secret #2: Watch the Sunset Over Capri During Dinner

WRITTEN by GUEST, Danielle Oteri of Feast on History | This is where our journey, Southern Italy for Southern Secrets: Campania and Sicily’s Hidden Corners (June 29 – July 8, 2018), really begins: Each detail at Borgo La Pietraia and every bite of food we’ll enjoy has been carefully designed to tell the story of…

Southern Secret #1: A Modern Ancient Italian Village

WRITTEN by GUEST BLOGGER, Danielle Oteri of Feast on History. Our first home in Southern Italy for Southern Secrets: Campania and Sicily’s Hidden Corners tour (June 29 – July 8, 2018) is Borgo La Pietraia, pictured, in Capaccio. Borgo La Pietraia was designed by famous Italian architect Nicola Pagliara to pay homage to an ancient…

Let’s Go To The Show

Amuni’! Let’s go! Hop on board for the 2018 New York Times Travel Show, Sat. Jan., 27 and Sun., Jan. 28. in New York City at the Javits Center! Experience Sicily invites you to visit us at Booth #665. Additionally, I’ll be performing Sicilian folk music on the Europe Culture Stage on Sat. at 12:45…

Travel to Sicily For A Feast Day

Feasts, and how Sicilians celebrate them always inspire me. I recommend you plan your dates around such an event. For example, today I’m envious of our clients who are in Acireale to experience the fervor; for annually on January 20, the town in the province of Catania recognizes one of its patrons, Saint Sebastian, with…