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

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!


Cops "afraid"

April 23, 2014

Tags: Santa Margherita Belice, agrigneto, sicily, carabinieri, robbery, thief, refusal to investigate, gold, jewelry, gone, unfair, incredible

Cactus at my cousin's place
Just got back from four days away in Santa Margherita Belice where I stayed at my cousin's place. She said a few years ago their home was robbed, twice.
"All the gold," she said, all the gold items her children had been given at birth, at baptism, at graduations, the bracelet her husband gave her (more…)

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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