Saint Stephen’s Day in Sicily

Today is Saint Stephen’s Day, a national holiday in Italy. Sicilians and Italians spend the day with family and friends visiting presepi di Natale, or nativity scenes, like this one pictured, made by Zio Lillo in Sant’Angelo Muxaro, north of Agrigento. Even more elaborate are ones presented by actors or townspeople dressed as the Holy…

The Day After Christmas in Sicily

Today, Saint Stephen’s Day, is a national holiday in Italy. Sicilians and Italians spend the day with family and friends visiting presepi di Natale, or nativity scenes, like this one pictured from Chiesa di San Bartolomeo in Scicli. Even more elaborate are ones presented by actors or townspeople dressed as the Holy Family, accompanied by…

Glaze the Town

Santo Stefano di Camastra on Sicily’s north coast has had a tradition of creating ceramic arts for many centuries. The townspeople started to exploit nearby clay pits to make tiles, earthenware, and bricks, certainly during medieval times, but more likely, centuries before. This image is from a series of painted tiles in one of the…