If you’ve ever square danced in the United States, then you already have a glimpse into the culture of Sicilian tarantella folk dance. This scene filmed in 2019 at a party I attended is of rehearsed choreography, but if done traditionally, Sicilian tarantella has specific steps that dancers know, and they follow a caller while…
The Olive Harvest In Sicily Begins
The end of September is when the olives for eating begin to be harvested. Pictured is a classic ladder made of olive tree wood under an olive tree. (Olives for olive oil are harvested in late October into November, depending on the climate and the fruit, of course!)
What’s Your Gelato Order?
Gelato. What’s your favorite flavor or combination of flavors? And do you prefer cup, cone, or brioche? Order it up in the comments below!
Sicily Is Dusted With Snow
Snow continues to cover the mountains, like San Calogero, pictured, over Termini Imerese. It’s put a damper on our plans today, to go southeast. Such weather is an anomaly in this semi-tropical climate, and the municipalities are not equipped to clean the roads of the ice and accumulation. We are all wrapped up, drinking hot…
The Madonna Of The Milicia River
My heart is heavy knowing about the loss of life because of the Milicia River spontaneously swelling in Casteldaccia, Sicily over the weekend due to torrential rains. When I heard the tragic news, I immediately thought of the Madonna of the Milicia, the sacred painting, pictured, that is venerated in Casteldaccia and Altavilla Milicia, coastal…
Take Me To The Beach In Sicily
Because I’m too tired to do anything but look at the sea. Wish I were here…
What’s your favorite flavor? Because on this, a day scientists have cited as the most depressing day of the year, dreams of gelato in Sicily can cheer us all up. Here’s a selection available from one of my favorite spots: La Rotunda in Casteldaccia, Palermo Province.
Breezy Day in Sicily
Buongiorno from Sicily! Fabulous trips always start with a stop at La Rotonda in Casteldaccia… Where the sea greets you with delicious breezes. What a gift of a day! Stay tuned for more… Let’s experience Sicily together!
Sending the Call
Torre Normanna al mare a Altavilla (Norman Tower on the sea at Altavilla)
Folk It in Life
Folk festivals are a highlight of summer, and this weekend, the 20th Folklore Festival of the city of Vita offers listeners and folk artists from around the world an opportunity to unite through music and dance. Sicilian groups like the one pictured, Gruppo Folk Soluntum, host groups from Georgia, Greece, New Zealand, Taiwan, and Honduras.