Burgio: A Souvenir And A Story

Bringing home a unique handcrafted piece of pottery for yourself or your loved ones is a fantastic souvenir. Sicily has many centers of ceramics, perhaps the most famous are Caltagirone, Santo Stefano di Camastra, and Sciacca. Burgio, where I photographed this image, is also well-known for its earthenware. For an off-the-beaten path stop, it’s a…

A Sicilian Keepsake

We had friends over for dinner this evening, and I pulled out these linen place mats I purchased in Taormina in 2003. Every time I see the craftsmanship of items like this, it takes my breath away. I just think of the woman who designed and spent hours to make them… carefully cutting each piece…

A Convenient Souvenir

When I (conveniently) forgot to wear earrings one day in June while in Ortigia, I saw these in a jewelry store window. I walked in and asked to see them. The salesman began his pitch to sell them to me, which I thought was hilarious because I knew exactly what they were… “Hand painted ceramic…

She was Immovable

It was the dawn of the 4th century, and practicing Christianity in the Roman-ruled city of Siracusa was illegal. Already though, inspired by nearby Catania’s Patron Saint, Sant’Agatha, young and beautiful Lucia devoted herself to Christianity. She planned to give her dowry to the poor, yet her widowed and sick mother had already arranged Lucia…

Made in Sicily

Before purchasing any kind of souvenir, I recommend you ask where it was made. Many items appear to have been made in Italy or Sicily, yet in fact, they were made somewhere else… far, far away. There are beautiful, handcrafted items that are made in Sicily, sometimes that were crafted following centuries’ old traditions. These…

It’s a Symbiotic Relationship

In the beginning of October, Ragusa celebrated the 20th annual “Ibla Buskers Festa di Artisti di Strada.” The Baroque city’s piazzas were full of musicians, circus performers, artists, and–probably most important, spectators. The Associazione Culturale Edrisi and ibla Buskers aims to illustrate the symbiotic relationship between performers and audience and the best street art in…