Caravaggio and Gelato

Italy is renowned for its public squares. And Ortigia, the island that was the center of life in ancient-Greek Siracusa, has one of the most beautiful piazzas you’ll love to relish. On Day 6 of Savoring Sicily (this September 22-October 4), after taking in the Caravaggio featuring Santa Lucia at one end and luxuriating in…

Bellini is Tops

Catania and Sicily are very proud of their “son,” the opera composer, Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835) featured here in Catania’s center. Bellini was born into a family of musicians in Catania and left Sicily at 18 years old to study at the conservatory in Naples. He lived abroad for the rest of his virtuosic life, dying…

Say Cheese

New friends who my client Anthony and I met in the piazza in Marineo, Provincia di Palermo, the town from where Anthony’s father emigrated to the U.S. In the early 20th century. These gentlemen helped us locate Anthony’s distant cousin who lives down the street from the piazza.

Taormina’s Memorable Piazza IX Aprile

Perhaps Taormina’s most memorable square is Piazza IX Aprile. The Church of San Giuseppe with its double stairway has held court here since the 17th century, while the historic Wunderbar Caffè has played host to the likes of Truman Capote, Winston Churchill, Tennessee Williams, Henry Faulkner, Greta Garbo, Elizabeth Taylor, and many others. As beautiful…

Where the Guys Meet-Up

When traveling to smaller cities and towns, in the piazzas and at the local bars, you will see men congregating and very few women. (Bars in Italy aren’t like bars here–they are all-day, family-friendly social centers based around cappuccino, espresso, sandwiches and baked goods, soccer broadcasts, and cocktails; hence, not just cocktails.). The home is…