The Faces Of Power In Ragusa

The faces decorating Ragusa’s Palazzo Bertini send a message. The palace, built in the late 18th century in the style of the Late Sicilian Baroque, sits on the road marking the dividing line between the old, aristocratic Ragusa Ibla and the new, up-and-coming city of Ragusa–in other words, the line between old money and new….

People Watch In Sicily

People watch, find a sanctuary, and take a stroll in the Giardino Ibleo, Ragusa Ibla’s picturesque public garden. Walk to the other end from the garden’s entrance for magnificent panoramas of the Hyblean countryside. It’s one of many beautiful public gardens in Sicily and my favorite. Other major ones are the Villa Comunale in Taormina,…

Sicily’s Inspector Montalbano

For those of us who can’t travel to Sicily right now, here’s a suggestion. Check out Detective Montalbano, a series of detective novels by Andrea Camilleri turned into a television series. In the United States, it’s available by subscription on the MHz Choice app. Our hero, Salvo Montalbano, solves crimes in his fictional hometown of…