Ancient mask, Siracusa’s Museo Archeologico Regionale “Paolo Orsi”
The stunning, unspoiled coastline of “Lo Zingaro” Nature Reserve, along Sicily’s northwest coast between Castellammare del Golfo and San Vito Lo Capo.
Before video games, TV, and films, Sicilians had carts and cart drivers, traveling minstrels, and vendors whose songs told the stories of the detailed scenes painted on cart panels. Examining the mesmerizing craftsmanship of each unique “carretto” could keep you busy for hours.
This cherub is one example of the extraordinary balcony details found in Noto. Balconies such as this one were created by Baroque artisans when the city was rebuilt in the 17th century after a devastating earthquake.
Spring in Sicily is glorious. Persephone has returned from the Underworld, and Demeter is waking from her sadness.
Cannoli for Carnival
Nymph with tambourine, from a fresco in Palermo’s Palazzo dei Normanni, the house of Sicily’s parliament.
Ancient terracotta mask, Siracusa’s Museo Archeologico Regionale “Paolo Orsi”
This is a snippet of a larger painting that hangs in the chambers of Palermo’s Palazzo dei Normanni, the house of the Sicilian Parliament. I love it for two reasons: it shows pre-twentieth century traditional dress of the women working in the field and one of them is holding a traditional Sicilian, woven basket.
Souvenir shop, Noto. No trip to Sicily would be complete without purchasing some ceramics to take home. Other mementos of Sicily to consider stuffing in your carry-on are preserves and honey (for example, crema di pistacchio, pistacchio pesto, wild fennel pesto, orange marmalade, citron jam, and bee honey from the fichi d’india), Malvasia wine, marzipan…