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

Bicycles for Sale in Via Divisi

January 31, 2015

Tags: bicycle, shop, sales, via divisi, palermo, historic center, sicily

A cross street of Via Roma in the old historic center. There are still bike shops there.
Just about every Palermitano has bought at least one bike here. I found this excellent photo on the facebook group "Palermo in Bianco e Nero." Photographer unknown to me.

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.

Inside the Palermo city archive

January 13, 2015

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

It's Dizzying.
The Palermo city archives off Via Maqueda is an experience in itself. It was designed like the inside of a cargo ship. It was recently spruced up and the staff offer guided tours of the collections. Thanks to Facebook group Palermo in Bianco e Nero for this photo. This shot is taken from the (more…)

Upgrade in Piazza Cassarelli

January 9, 2015

Tags: palermo, sicilia, sicily, Italy, Piazza Cassarelli, renovations, upgrade, city, back streets

From one of my favorite blogs, Amo Palermo. The author walks around the city center with a camera and snaps pictures of buildings and streets undergoing improvements. It's a blog with a lot of positive energy. The author now has a regular column in the newspaper Il Corriere .

Postcard from Palermo

January 5, 2015

Tags: palermo, piazza bologni, night, christmas, lights, cassaro, corso vittorio emanuele

Piazza Bologni, also on the Cassaro, since last year at this time has been auto-free. Mayor Leoluca Orlando has been freeing up various historic piazzas, turning them from parking lots into pedestrian malls. From the blog "Amo Palermo," which means, I Love Palermo.

Flowers at night

January 4, 2015

Tags: costagar51, photo, cassaro, corso vittorio emanuele, palermo, notte, balcone, fiorito

A flowery balcony on the Cassaro by costagar51.
Thanks to costagar51, an avid Palermo fan and photographer, whose work I admire on the blog Domodama. even the narrowest, most decrepit alleyways in the historic center are lit by these elegant, cast iron lamps. This photo of a balcony laden with flower pots was taken on the Corso Vittorio Emanuele, Palermo's oldest street, (more…)

Snow for New Year's Eve

January 1, 2015

Tags: snow, nevicata, palermo, sicily, sicilia, San Silvestro, New Year's Eve

A palm tree in an unusual snow storm in Palermo.
Front-page headlines on 1 January 2015. Snow on the beach at Cefalu`. Snow on the palm trees. Dirty city snowmen. Only two snowplows in all of the Madonie mountains. Photos sent in to La Repubblica by its readers at this link:
http://palermo.repubblica.it/cronaca/2015/01/01/news/maltempo_ancora_disagi_in_provincia_le_foto_dei_lettori_raccontano_la_neve_in_sicilia-104146809/#gallery-slider=104142503

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