Merry Christmas! Buon Natale! Photo of altar featuring Madonna dell Lume (Madonna of the Light) with child, Porticello
LIVE from Sicily! | The annual feast of the Maria S.S. del Lume is taking place right now. Today, we went to the heart of it in the fishing village of Porticello, where devotees chanted and sang as they prepared to process the iconic painting of their Santissima who they believe protects them and their…
At the pizzeria tonight in Porticello, customers have pinned notes to the outside wall. “There is not one Sicily. Multiple exist. Perhaps an infinite amount!” Over the next two weeks, we’ll experience this to be true together!
The bridle gear and breastplates created for the horses that pull the Sicilian carts are elaborate extensions of the carts’ decorations. This detail gives you an idea of this other form of folk art.
Capo Zafferano from Sant’Elia. We have two spots left on this September’s Enchanting Sicily small-group tour! More at Experience Sicily http://experiencesicily.com/2015-tours.
The ruins of the ancient city of Solunto high up on the slope of Mount Catalfano show a sophisticated use of gravity for water collection, as illustrated here by what is left of a large public cistern that sits at the end of the main street. Founded by the Phoenicians circa 700 BC and then…
The Tyrrhenian Sea photographed from Porticello with San Calogero Mountain in the distance.
Capo Zafferano from Porticello’s fishing port. (Photo Credit: Experience Sicily’s Filippo Buttitta)
Cove at Porticello with Capo Zafferano in the background. (Photo credit: Experience Sicily’s Filippo Buttitta)
Musicians and dancers from Santa Flavia’s Gruppo Folk Soluntum perform traditional Sicilian folks songs–here on tamburello (frame drum/tambourine), friscalettu (reed flute), and fisarmonica (accordion)–for a crowd of onlookers in Porticello.