The ceiling of the Capella Palatina inside the Palazzo dei Normanni in Palermo is an extraordinary work of Arab Norman art. We were at this fascinating palace during our stay in Palermo earlier this week during our Spring in Sicily tour.
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Easter Surprise (Put Your Phone Down)
Put your phone down and look around. As I stood at the bar at Don Gino enjoying my caffè macchiato and observing the comings and goings of the moment, I noticed across the pasticceria a tasting happening. The baker (pictured) had appeared from the kitchen and asked the cashier to come taste her new colomba…
Sicilian Traffic Jam
Today, while out in the countryside, we were brought to a hault during this Sicilian-style traffic jam. I Iove when this happens!
Sicilian Ceramics By Mirella Pipia
The beautiful ceramics of Mirella Pipia need to be shared! Mirella Pipia hails from Bagheria, where you can visit her workshop and boutique. An artist in every sense of the word, Pipia’s works are inspired by the myths and folklore of Sicily, but even more so by her mother’s needlework in tadding and lace. So…
We’ll Find A Villa In Sicily For You
Making plans for a family vacation in June at Capo Zafferano. This is the view from a villa we toured today. We’ll take it!
Set Your Journey’s Intention: 2022 Tours Of Sicily
Always leave time for un caffè at the airport bar before picking up your rental car or meeting your tour. That first official espresso, cappuccino, or latte in Italy is a moment to be savored. One where you should set your intentions for your journey ahead. And so, my first trip to Sicily in 2022…
Sicily For Lovers Of Swimming
Summer in Sicily for lovers of swimming and the sea is the ultimate. Castellammare del Golfo is an outstanding place to spend a few days. Look at the castle! Look at the color of the water! Ideal time to go is June 1 to the end of July, when the temperatures are just right and…
Stroll Through Taormina
The joy of Taormina is its Corso Umberto I, the main pedestrian way. Lined with cafès, boutiques, restaurants, gelaterias, and curiosities, it attracts the world. Start at the Porta Messina. Linger at the Piazza IX Aprile, step into the Duomo, and take a moment to recognize what you just witnessed at the Porta Catania.
Slow Down To Have An Espresso
Tanina and I in her kitchen in 2007, having “a moment.” That is, an espresso together. Because having an espresso with someone you love and care for is a cherished moment. It’s also a special moment to share with someone you’ve just met. Standing shoulder to shoulder at the coffee bar is a ritual not…
In Erice, Look Up
The stucco ceiling of the mother church of Erice was designed to recall the revered lace and tadding craftsmanship created for centuries by the women of the walled, mountain-top city.