Ancient Origins

In ancient Greek times in Sicily, especially in the eastern coastal cities such as Catania and Siracusa, extending to Enna, in the island’s center, Demeter and her daughter Persephone were venerated with fervor. Pictured here on this krater (a cistern used for mixing water with fermented grapes to make wine) from 425-400 BCE, now in…

Life is a Banquet

I’m getting ready to go to Sicily today … and this is what I’m thinking about: Banqueting! Stirring Sicily, our hands-on cooking experience starts in 12 hours! This late 6th century BC statuette of a banqueting figure on a bed is housed in Palermo’s Museo Archeologico Salinas. It was found in a Punic (AKA Carthaginian)…

Rejoice! Progress in Palermo!

Palermo’s archaeological museum, Il Museo Archeologico Regionale “Antonio Salinas,” houses one of the world’s most robust collections of ancient Punic and Greek art and artifacts. Priceless pieces from sites across Sicily are represented; however, for the past 5-6 years, the museum has been closed for renovation and its collection has remained behind the locked doors….