Inspired By The Locals

The “Eleven O’clock Number ” of our Palermo market, street food, and cultural walking tour today was Pan ca meusa, the ancient city’s world renowned spleen sandwich, pictured. Normally, I don’t eat anything from a cow, but, when in Palermo, I follow the lead of the locals, and as a result, I am inspired by…

Castle In The Sky

Constructed starting in the 11th century, the Norman castle at Caccamo, Sicily sits atop a steep mountain overlooking a vast green valley in the province of Palermo. Thank you to my cousin Filippo Buttitta, who took this photo. Today, the medieval structure houses a civic museum and an excellent pizzeria, where we’ll eat lunch on…

Be Filled With Joy

Let the sun shine in! Join us for our Myths & Mysteries of Sicily May 2018 tour! Details at https://experiencesicily.com/myths-mysteries/ Our May 2018 Sicily Tour During Myths & Mysteries of Sicily, you’ll explore off-the-beaten path towns, interact with locals, immerse yourself in Sicilian culture and ancient history, and explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The month…

Feel Refreshed And Inspired By Travel In Sicily

Seeking joyful companions for our Myths & Mysteries of Sicily May 2018 tour! Won’t you join us? During Myths & Mysteries of Sicily, you’ll explore off-the-beaten path towns, interact with locals (like Vincenzo here, at Antica Focacceria San Francesco in Palermo), immerse yourself in Sicilian culture and ancient history, and explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites….

Carnevale, Valentine’s Day, Mythology, and Love in Sicily

Love is in the air! Today is Martedì Grasso–Fat Tuesday–the final day of Carnevale! It’s also the day before St. Valentine’s Day… mmm… considering the ancient practices of Carnevale, could it be related to how we interpret Valentine’s Day today? I’m not really sure, but I’ll venture to guess there is a relationship between the…

Even The Floor Is Dazzling

If the 68,000 square feet of mosaic tiles on the walls of Monreale Cathedral don’t mesmerize you, perhaps the floor-designs will! Created by Byzantine-Arab-Norman craftsmen in the late 12th century, William II’s temple offers endless inspiration. The red stone is called red porphyry. The ancient emperors associated it with power during the Roman Empire. It…

My Lady, I’ll Have Pizza

The Normans made sure that their castle at Caccamo was impenetrable. With construction dating back to the 11th century, it sits atop a steep mountain overlooking a vast green valley and fresh water lake (a rarity in Sicily). Today, you are welcome to visit the Castello’s museum. The imposing structure also houses an excellent pizzeria,…