An intricately decorated, more colorful Sicilian cart was a way of showing off the owner’s wealth and success. So, just like if you are driving an elegant, luxury, name-brand car today, a Sicilian cart driver would pay a high price to the cart maker to make his cart more elaborate in order to illustrate his…
Ceramic box by Bagheria’s Mirella Pipia.
With This, I’m Easy to Please
My cousins Giulia and Silvana in Palermo gave me this ceramic necklace. They said that they knew I’d love it. They were right!
Bagheria’s Sicilian Carts
While in Bagheria on Wednesday, we had an extraordinary meeting at the workshop of Michele Ducato, one of the last painters of Bagherese Sicilian carts. Pictured is a detail from a cart on which he’s currently working. In addition to learning about the “family business” and the construction of the carts from Michele, Giovanni Di…
Wheel of Fortune
Sicilian Cart. (Photo Credit: Experience Sicily’s Filippo Buttitta)
Feast for the Eyes
Ceramic plate, Caltagirone.
“Auguri per il Matrimonio” (“Best Wishes for Marriage”), detail from my father’s toy, hand-painted Sicilian cart. Painted in Bagheria by Onofrio Ducato.
Ceramic Tiles from Bagheria’s Storied Villas
Tiles from the terrace of Villa Ramacca, Bagheria.
Villa Ramacca, Bagheria, Ceiling Detail
This hand-painted ceiling detail is from one of the salons at Villa Ramacca in Bagheria. Villa Ramacca is one of many palace-manors that the Palermo aristocracy built in Bagheria in the 17th and 18th centuries. Originally the home of Bernardo Gravina, Prince of Ramacca, today the villa is a beautiful reception hall that hosts weddings…