Riccardo, her son, had just showed me around the bed and breakfast that they operate upstairs from the kitchen where we are in the photo. Paolo, a good friend, brought with him to share his pecorino (sheep) cheeses with pistachio and saffron, but not only. Knowing about my passion for cannoli (Thanks to Pierfilippo and…
A Golden hillside. A sunny day. A shepherd and his sheep. Amunì! (Amunì means, “Let’s go!” in Sicilian.)
In Sicilian mountain towns, playing and crafting zampogna, or bagpipes, was a part of life. There aren’t too many zampogna players left–just like there aren’t too many shepherds (the livelihood most closely tied to the mountains and zampogna) either. David Marker, an american of Italian heritage, has made it his mission to keep zampogna alive….
Words cannot describe how emotional and engaging our visit with musician and artist Alfio Antico was this morning! We stayed at his home away from home, the agriturismo Borgo Nocchiara in the shadow of Mount Etna, where we spent a glorious three hours talking about music and the inspiration from Mother Earth.