On December 26, 1798, Horatio Nelson’s HMS Vanguard arrived in Palermo. Aboard the British admiral’s ship, there was a very important cargo.
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 Ballarò market is within walking distance, as are the Cathedral, the Royal Palace, the church, and the convent of Casa Professa. It is easy to imagine how the Counts Federico in the past left their palace in a carriage to reach the Corso or the Marina, and the crowd of servants and postulants that must have been inside and outside the palace on any Palermo morning.
Not so long ago Mondello was a swamp. Today it is considered a pearl, a welcoming seaside resort, the sea of Palermo, but back then it wasn’t a place where anyone would like to go.
Vegetarians and vegans often must give something up. Not in Sicily! Local cuisine is full of recipes that are perfect even for the most strict diets. Here are five proposals of the Palermo street tradition, all free of animal products.
“On December 21st, the day of Saint Thomas Apostle, the viceroy gave the first blow to build the four decorated walls of the square”. As Filippo Paruta and Niccolò Palmerino report, today is the anniversary of the inauguration of the building site for the construction of the “Four Corners” (Quattro Canti).
Don Gjamo Zummo was a disturbed person. Religious faith was only a way to justify and cloak the behaviors and attitudes of a psychopath in sacredness. Cardinal Giannettino Doria must have guessed this when he received him. In fact, after learning what were the rules to which he intended to submit the nuns of his newly established congregation of the “Living dead brides of Jesus”, he quickly dismissed him. Doria declared that there were already enough female monasteries in Palermo, and therefore denied Zummo the authorization to create another one.
Vincenzo Ragusa arrived in Tokyo on a wet November day in 1876. Together with a group of other Italian artists, the sculptor from Palermo had been invited to Japan to found the Academy of Fine Arts. The country was in great turmoil.