This bottle of wine is significant for a few reasons. First, the outstanding portrait on the label is important to discuss. It is of an unknown man, believed to be a wealthy merchant from Lipari Island, one of the Eolian Islands. It was painted by renowned Sicilian artist Antonello da Messina (1430-1479) in the mid…
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Smart before Smart
In cities and towns built before the invention of the automobile (i.e., most of those in Sicily), if you must use a car, a small one is recommended, so you don’t get stuck in an alley meant for a donkey to pass through! Here’s an example of a “smart” choice–before Smart Cars existed: a Fiat…
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From One Island to the Next
The crater of Vulcano Island’s (Aeolian Islands) volcano, with Salina Island in the distance.
The Pits Make It Sweeter
My cousins and I enjoyed fresh watermelon, or “anguria” in Italian, at a local restaurant on Panarea Island (Aeolian Islands). Another thing I remember about this lunch, was the arugula salad, which the owner, who served us, said had just been prepared from “la rugula” that he picked from the restaurant’s back garden.
White and Light
Lipari Island, the main island of the eight volcanic Aeolian islands, was the site of a major pumice stone industry for centuries. This hillside that cascades into the sea was a major quarry for the porous, white stone that is so light-weight, small pieces of it can float in the water. The quarry is now…
Orange is the New…
A beautiful home on Panarea Island (Aeolian Islands).
A cat enjoying a snooze in the Eolian Islands.
Feeling the Black Sand between Our Toes
The beaches on Vulcano Island (one of the Aeolian Islands) possess black volcanic sand–as demonstrated by our feet!
Daydreaming on Salina
Mask and door of a home on Salina Island (Aeolian Islands).