Ancient Sicilian Secret

The cloistered Cistercian nuns of Agrigento’s Monastero di Santo Spirito, like many of their cloistered counterparts around Sicily, over the centuries have raised funds by selling baked goods. Pictured here is one of those goods–sweet couscous–for which the recipe is a secret. After eating it during our Experience Sicily tour in September, I can tell…

Cloisters in Noto

Known as a “stone garden” because of the white rock used to construct its principal buildings, the city of Noto was rebuilt after a devastating earthquake in 1693. The 18th century noble families built beautiful Baroque churchs and convents (for their daughters) like San Francesco (on the right) and Salvatore (on the left). Note the…