Ancient mask, Siracusa’s Museo Archeologico Regionale “Paolo Orsi”
Views at “Lo Zingaro” Nature Reserve
The stunning, unspoiled coastline of “Lo Zingaro” Nature Reserve, along Sicily’s northwest coast between Castellammare del Golfo and San Vito Lo Capo.
Mesmerizing for Hours
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.
Beauty in the Details
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.
The Earth is Waking from Her Sleep
Spring in Sicily is glorious. Persephone has returned from the Underworld, and Demeter is waking from her sadness.
Carnival Cannoli: Nothing Better
Cannoli for Carnival
Music is Everywhere
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”
Snippets that Reveal Treasures
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.
Mementos for Your Carry-On
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…