Selected Works

Nonfiction
A look at life in little-known mountain towns of the Sicilian hinterlands.
A true account of the last years of an ancient Sicilian giant bluefin tuna trap.






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Out of Palermo

Mattresses in the street

January 26, 2015

Tags: mattress, palermo, sicily

Mattresses everywhere you look.
Everywhere you walk in historic Palermo, there are mattresses in the street. They can be taken away by the city for free by simply calling a toll-free number, but I think either the Palermitani don't know about this service, or they leave the mattresses for homeless people to sleep on. Some are thoughtfully kept (more…)

Rosalia at the Catacombs

January 25, 2015

Tags: mummy, rosalia, capuchin catacombs, palermo, sicily, sicilia

The two-year-old Rosalia mummified and on display at the capuchin catacombs. She is now in a space-age pod and not so accessible. Photo from Claudio Pezzillo.
Little Rosalia was embalmed so well.

Giuliana Church Steeple

January 23, 2015

Tags: Giuliana, Sicilia, sicily, steeple, laundry, Italy, mosque, church, onion dome

I took this picture back in 1986. Giuliana is in the mountains in Palermo province, a beautiful spot. This church, to which a lady has attached her wash line, was church then a mosque ( with the addition of the dome, then back to a church again.

Emigant Ships in Palermo Harbor

January 22, 2015

Tags: emigrant, ship, palermo, harbor, port, emigration, sicily, sicilia

My grandmother or my grandfather might have boarded one of these ships. Emigration is big business. It was legal to go to the United States, so my grandparents could travel ( separately; they weren't married when they left Sicily) in safe, steel ships instead of on rubber rafts or in unseaworthy fishing boats like the (more…)

Teatro Massimo live web-cam

January 21, 2015

Tags: teatro massimo, palermo, webcam, sicily, sicilia, italy

http://www.casateatromassimo.it/webcam/ctm_snap.jpg

Above is the link to the live web cam of the famous Teatro Massimo, on whose steps the last scene of the Godfather III was filmed. A new picture appears every minute.

La Zisa

January 20, 2015

Tags: La Zisa, palermo, norman arab, architecture, pool, reflection, sicily, sicilia, beauty, twelfth century, water, M. D'Ippolito

La Zisa reflection pools. Photo: M. D'Ippolito
Palermo is famous for its Norman-Arab architecture. Here is the 12th-century pleasure palace La Zisa.

New Movie about Fra Biagio Conte

January 19, 2015

Tags: pasquale Scimeca, movie, fra Biagio Conte, Biagio

Italian director Pasquale Scimeca has completed work on his new biopic called "Biagio" about the early years of Biagio Conte's life and his beginnings as a lay missionary. Fra Biagio Conte has founded the La Missione di Speranza e Carita`, whose four urban missions in the Sicilian capital now house, feed, train and care (more…)

Pietra Tara

January 19, 2015

Tags: bronze age, village, sferracavallo, palermo, sicily, sicilia, italy, discovery

Archeogeologist Dr. Francesca Mercadante and her husband, Dr. Pippo Locascio, of Partanna-Mondello, have dicovered an intact megalithic Bronze Age village within Palermo's northern city limits, on the littoral below the cliffs of Capo Gallo between the seaside villages of Sferracavallo and Mondello.

Sicilian charm from the smallest store in Europe

January 16, 2015

Tags: U' Pirtusu, Palermo, Cristina Buccellato, corso vittorio emanuele, 329, Palermo, sicily, sicilia, jewelry, artisan, handmade, accessori, oggettistica artiginale

Cristina Buccellato, artisan in Europe's smallest store, U Pirtusu, which means "The Hole" in Palermo dialect. The store is just one meter wide! Here is one of her latest creations. The charm is the Trinacria, a symbol of Sicily, with a cutout of the island in the center, all cut and worked by hand.
Bellissima!


Columns in the archives.

January 15, 2015

Tags: palermo, archivio, archive, sicilia, sicily, italy, city, capital, region

Here is another view of the Palermo city archives.
Today a thumb drive could contain it all.

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