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Me and Vincenzo Bellini
Celebrity Selfie Alert! Well, sort of. While in Catania in January, I took the opportunity to take a photo with the composer Bellini at the (You guessed it.) Giardino Bellini. Catania and Sicily are very proud of their “son,” the opera composer, Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835). Bellini was born into a family of musicians in Catania…
Citron: A Big, Ugly Fruit
Take a second look! These are not lemons, but citrons, cultivated by my cousins Evelina and Salvo in their front garden. In Sicily between Christmas and the end of April, the landscape is in bloom with fragrant, juicy citrus fruits such as these. Cultivated for its thick, white, fragrant rind, citron makes an out-of-this-world marmalade…
May is a beautiful time of rhe year to travel in Sicily! The weather is fantastic and flowers are breathtaking!
Orange Is In Season
An orange in my cousin’s garden. Eat up, it’s citrus season!
A photo from my early-October walk in the garden at Agriturismo Villa Cefalà (… a little nostalgia for a peaceful moment)
Dancing in the Garden
Bagheria’s Villa Palagonia inspired me and my husband, guitarist Joe Ravo, to name our folk duo for it. Here we are in its garden surrounded by the estate’s fantastic statues. Join us on Sun., Sept. 13 at 8PM Eastern Daylight Time for a live internet concert from our home in New York City. Tune in…
Red on the Outside, Light on the Inside
The interior of Palermo’s San Giovanni degli Eremiti (1132) is at once ancient and modern. The church’s renowned five domes–red on the outside–sing with light and tranquility on the inside.
Palermo’s San Giovanni degli Eremiti
The cloister and red domes of Palermo’s San Giovanni degli Eremiti were built by Arab-Norman craftsmen and laborers in 1132 under that command of King Roger II. Its flowering gardens, reminiscent of what one might have encountered in ancient cities along the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, are a sanctuary in the midst of the city’s…
The Red Domes of Palermo
The red domes of Palermo’s San Giovanni degli Eremiti, built in 1132, rise above a garden of citrus trees, roses, fichi d’india, and jasmine.