Last night I had a dream that I was staying here in Porticello, my grandfather’s fishing village. Last year when I was staying here in an apartment, I delighted in waking up early and walking through the port to see the light on Monte Catalfano and Capo Zafferano and the fisherman and boat repairmen doing…
Sicily’s Roman Villa Illustrates Life
Fisherman are hard at work getting the fresh catch for all of your feasting the next couple of days! This image from the Roman Villa of Casale in Piazza Armerina, Sicily, a 4th century AD estate that boasts 43,055 square feet of mosaic tile floors, shows us how they did it in ancient Roman times….
Fishing For My Sicilian Heritage
Yesterday, I spent a heartwarming morning with Michelangelo Balistreri at the Museo dell’Acciuga di Aspra in Aspra (Palermo Province). It was a journey into my family history. Anyone with fisherman roots from Sicily’s north coast will appreciate a visit to this outstanding labor of love. Michelangelo and artist Francesco Maglio have created a beautiful tribute…
The UNESCO recognized Villa Romana del Casale at Piazza Armerina reveals not only much to us about human life in ancient Rome, but also about the abundance of wildlife in the region 1600 years ago, when it was constructed. The mosaic tile floor in the semicircular, porticoed atrium, which was designed to catch rain water,…
Vintage Palermo Scene
Antique postcard of the Port of Palermo with Mount Pellegrino in the background. Thanks to Roberta, who found a pile of these in her home, for thinking of me!