Say Yes To Sicily In 2020

Whenever I’m in Siracusa, I make a point to stop by the Antico Mercato in Ortigia to say hello to Angelo. Perhaps my roots as the great-granddaughter of fishermen from Porticello make me feel right at home in amongst the swordfish. TIP: Life is slower in Sicily, so when you are visiting friends and family…

It Looks Like Snow

Yes, it looks like snow, but this isn’t snow. In fact, I took this photo while hiking in Sicily in July! It is the natural wonder of Scala dei Turchi, or Stairs of the Turks, on Sicily’s south coast near Agrigento. The white cliffs pictured are made of a hard-mud material that is a combination…

Leave The Past In The Fire

Release today what you don’t want to bring into the new year! There isn’t a long history of celebrating New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day in Sicily. Only over the past century has it become a milestone holiday. Therefore, modern Sicilians celebrate New Year’s Italian-style–eating sausage (cotechino), grapes, and lentils. (Lentils, with their coin-shape,…

Antique Pasta Shop in Sicily

I ate fresh cavatelli pasta made at the “pastaru” (Sicilian for pasta maker or pasta seller) during last year’s Presepe Vivente in Licodia Eubea. Le signore hosting this scene were working hard to feed us hungry guests as we walked through the recreation of their ancient village. You’ll learn how to make fresh cavatelli pasta…

Enjoy Sicily’s Mountain Views

Let’s sit and enjoy the view! During our October 2020 Stunning Sicily tour, you’ll have an opportunity to go off the beaten path and into the mountains of Sicily, where you’ll comune with nature and the locals (both people and sheep!). After time in Taormina and Siracusa, you’ll enjoy discovering this hidden corner of Sicily….

The Old Fashioned Barber In Sicily

Locals acting out how things were done at the old fashioned barber shop during last year’s Presepe Vivente (live nativity scene) presented by the proloco (community board) of Licodia Eubea. The townspeople of Licodia Eubea turned the ancient, abandoned quarter of their village into a living diorama. It’s a fascinating combination of art, theater, and…