That Goat With Spiral Horns In Sicily

Distinguished by their spiral, tall horns and long hair, this rare breed of goat, called capra girgentana, is valuable for its milk that possesses an equal amount of fat to protein. The name girgentana recalls the old Sicilian name of the city of Agrigento, Girgenti.  During the mid-twentieth century, throughout southwestern Sicily, girgentana goats numbered…

Live Nativity Scenes In Sicily

Many towns in Sicily annually create elaborate live nativity scenes like this one I saw in 2019 in Custonaci (Trapani Province). These dioramas featuring townspeople acting out iconic moments and everyday activities from past times create a sense of wonder. Presepe Vivente are a reason to visit Sicily during Christmas. (In the future, when it’s…

The Vendemmia In Sicily

Currently throughout Sicily grape growers are measuring the sugar, acid, and tannin levels of their grapes in preparation for the annual vendemmia, or grape harvest. Up to now, wine-making has been about caring for the vines, pruning the growth, and ensuring that the fruit has received enough air, sunlight, and water for an abundant and…

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,…

Celebrating the Bounty in Custonaci

The town of Custonaci recently finished celebrating their patroness, the Madonna di Custonaci (pictured), which you can read more about at https://experiencesicily.com/2015/08/26/erice-and-custonacis-mother-goddess/. Yesterday, the citizens of the town launched the “Odorie Sapori di Sicilia” festival (the smells and tastes of Sicily), a food festival featuring the bounty of the summer season, which runs through September…