He Carries On The Legacy

Our Experience Sicily friend, Sicilian cart painter Michele Ducato, was featured this week on Medianews Extra in Italy. You may watch the interview, which is in Italian, here: https://youtu.be/h5LjSKeZc6M?t=36s. Although the interview is in Italian, those non-Italian speakers can appreciate the visual. The camera takes you into Ducato’s workshop in Bagheria, where we often bring…

Voilà, It’s Majolica! 

Santo Stefano di Camastra is one of Sicily’s ceramics centers. There is an entire street of the town lined with ceramics shops that are filled with majolica ceramics (maiolica in Italian). Majolica describes a technique of decorating earthenware (ceramics made with red clay, AKA bisque or biscuit) that has been fired at a relatively low…

Small-group 

One of my favorite visits during our Enchanting Sicily tour is with artist Michele Ducato in his studio. Michele the keeper of the Ducato family business: painting Sicilian carts. He is so generous with his time and sharing his knowledge about his craft. 

Teatro Massimo’s Gilded Echo Chamber

Teatro Massimo, Palermo’s opera house that opened in 1897, is a master work of Greek and Roman inspired architecture designed by Giovan Battista Filippo Basile (1825-1891). The interior frescoes of the theater were painted by artists Rocco Lentini, Ettore De Maria Bergler, Michele Cortegiani, and Luigi Di Giovanni, who likely brushed this detail I photographed…