52 Reasons to Love Sicily | Be Surprised By Jewish History

52 Reasons to Love Sicily. #5. Sicily is full of surprises. Check out the Jewish baths of Siracusa! Huh? You ask? Yes! Before the Spanish Inquisition of 1492, when Sicily was under Spanish rule, scholars believe 7 to 10 percent of Sicily’s population was Jewish. Thriving neighborhoods existed in Palermo, Mazara del Vallo, and Siracusa…

Shining Light On Palermo’s Multiculturalism¬†

Today for International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we remember that for generations before the Spanish Inquisition (roughly 1478-1834), Sicily was home to thousands of Jews who lived side by side with their fellow citizens who represented a multicultural salad in the middle of the Mediterranean Basin. Palermo honors the history of its diverse citizenship with street…