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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Knifemakers of Palermo

September 19, 2016

Tags: palermo, streets, knives, factory, traditional, craft, artisan, sharpeners, vucciria, markets, street, profession

University of Palermo anthropology professor Carlo Di Franco, who took the picture, writes on his personal Facebook page that Palermo's old knife makers appear in all the old markets of the city: the Vucciria, Ballaro`, and the Capo markets. He photographed Mr. Salvatore Cambria who for 60 years has operated out of his shop and workshop in Discesa Maccarrronai (Macaroni Makers Descent) in the Vucciria market.

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!


Silver Crown for the Madonna

July 6, 2014

Tags: silver, crown, antonio amato, artisan, madonna

Artisan working on a silver crown
An artisan in the workshop of Antonino Amato in Piazza G. Meli behind the Church of San Domenico in Palermo, autumn 2012. He is creating a silver crown for a madonna.

Smallest store in Europe

March 5, 2014

Tags: smallest, store, europe, quattro canti, palermo U' Pirtusu, the hole, jewelry, artisan, artist

Cristina Buccellato holds a meter stick wall to wall in Europe's smallest store, U` Pirtusu, near Palermo's Quattro Canti, the city center
Cristina Buccellatto, a jewelry maker, runs Europe's smallest store, a hole in the wall next to the Hotel Centrale just a few steps from the Quattro Canti, the intersection at the center of Old Palermo. The store is just over one meter wide and three meters deep. The name of the store is " U Pirtusu", Sicilian (more…)

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