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Luoghi e leggende, miti e santi, cibi e personaggi della Sicilia

Netum, a ghost town in Sicily

The road is narrow and winding, with holes and depressions. Challenging, like most of the Sicilian roads. So I decided to walk the last bit, letting the old walls and the green profile of the hill unfold alongside me.

An Art Nouveau treasure in Palermo

Via Dante was once, and to a large extent still is, one of Palermo’s elegant streets. It was opened in 1892 and called Via dell’Esposizione, in homage to the great national exhibition that had taken place the previous year, to celebrate the splendor of Palermo entrepreneurs.

Dream beaches in Sicily

During these very hot days, your only desire is to go to the beach! A few weeks ago, I wrote about five splendid Sicilian beaches. Here are five more!

The lady of Isola Bella

It all started with Isola Bella, a tiny island which today, together with the panorama from the Greek theater, is the most photographed subject in Taormina.

A street art tour in Palermo

When I was a child, one of the rules of good manners was “don’t write on the walls” and, if you got caught, you had an issue. Even as an adult, to tell the truth, it’s better not to do that … unless you are an artist! In that case, we are talking about Street Art.

The mysteries of Pantalica

May 4, 1933, was a solemn occasion for Pantalica. That day, in fact, its little station received an absolutely high-ranking guest. No less than the Italian king Vittorio Emanuele III.

What to do in Salina

I see it emerging from the Tyrrhenian Sea like a mirage, two twin mountains bathed in a light blue haze. A weekend in Salina, one of the beautiful islands of the Aeolian archipelago, is a perfect way to start summer. If you are going too, here are some ideas on what to do.

Don Roberto’s house in Taormina

It was like seeing them. Roger Peyrefitte sitting under the trees and writing. Ernest Hemingway sipping a drink on the terrace, Greta Garbo and Coco Chanel under the pergola, to preserve the complexion from the sun’s rays. And then Salvador Dalì, David Herbert Lawrence, Bertrand Russell, and many others, all the guests of Casa Cuseni, the first residence for artists and scholars in Europe, in the 1950s, in Taormina.

True cùscusu and where to find it

The “official thesis” is that couscous arrived in Sicily in the Middle Ages, with the Arab domination. But if this is true, why is it not present in the gastronomic tradition of Palermo, which was the magnificent capital of the Arab kingdom, a beautiful city competing with Cairo and Cordoba?

5 unmissable beaches in Sicily

Although the calendar states that we are in spring, summer has definitely arrived and we all want to be outdoors, to go to the beach! But where? Here are five unmissable beaches in Sicily.

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