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

Inside Santa Cita

June 19, 2015

Tags: Santa Cita, Oratorio del santissimo rosario in Santa Cita, palermo, giacomo Serpotta, stucco, white sculture, art, masterpiece, baroque, exuberant, puti, cherubs, breathtaking, restored, white, rosary

View of the back wall of the Oratorio of Santa Cita, by Giacomo Serpotta
This often happens in Palermo. The outside is gruesome, or at least, uninviting. Inside, the big surprise.

Church of the Immaculate Conception, al Capo

May 16, 2014

Tags: church, immaculate conception, capo, palermo, hidden treasure, intarsio, stone inlay, chandelier, baroque

Chandelier, frescoes, intarsio, and local marble
I first saw this church on one of Anthrolpogist Carlo di Franco's Palermo of Mysteries tours in Palermo's Capo market. Usually this church is closed, but he had someone open it one night for his group of 100 Palermo lovers. we oohed at the intarsio, four stone inlay side altars that looks as though they're painted.

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