52 Reasons to Love Sicily #4. People make places memorable, and therefore, Sicilians are a reason you’ll love Sicily. This photo, taken in Caltabellotta, shows Paolo, a shepherd and cheesemaker; Riccardo, an entrepreneur; and Anna, an inn keeper. They are stuffing cannoli. But it’s not so simple. I was in Anna’s kitchen after she fed…
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.