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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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Annual climb to Santa Rosalia's cave on Monte Pellegrino

September 4, 2017

Tags: l'acchianata, santa rosalia, patron saint, palermo, sicily, monte pellegrini, faithful, annual, ritual

L'acchianata, the annual ritual of walking together up the twisting paths on the flanks of Monte Pellegrino to the sanctuary where Saint Rosalia's bones were found, according to tradition, is an annual ritual for the people of Palermo. Click on the caption to see Igor Petyx's series of beautiful photos of this year's event.

A deal for il Festino: Santa Rosalia's Feast from On High

July 8, 2017

Tags: festino, palermo, palazzo asmundo, feat, santa rosalia, patron, saint, procession, festivities, terra da mare, tourism, culture, aperitif, cena, supper, entertainment, procession, religious, food, wine, drink, revel, spectacle, important


Where: Palazzo Asmundo, Via Pietro Novelli, 3 (corner of Corso Vittorio Emanuele), Palermo
When: Friday 14 July 2017 starting at 7 p.m.
Cost: 50 euro
Info in Italy: 329-876-5958 or 320- 767-2134
Reservations required via internet form

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Anyone who will be in Palermo on this date should reserve their spot right now! If I were there, I would
For the 393rd five-day Feast of Santa Rosalia, the city's protectress, Palazzo Asmundo, a palace-museum directly across Via Vittorio Emanuele from the Norman Cathedral, will organize a palermitano supper and drinks with a magnificent overhead view of the incomparable spectacle on the Cathedral grounds.
Click on the caption to reserve a spot and to see photos of the palace interior, the buffet table laden with Sicilian specialties, and the privileged view from Palazzo Asmundo's balconies. Welcoming guests will be the members of the Terradamare ( land from Sea) cooperative, a grass-roots non profit that seeks to show cruise passengers the treasures of inner Palermo. (more…)

392nd Feast of Santa Rosalia, patron saint of Palermo

July 15, 2016

Tags: santa rosalia, patron saint, palermo, festino, feast day

Once a year she rolls from the cathedral down Corso Vittorio Emanuele to the sea with a stop at the baroque Quattro Canti. 250,000 people were in attendance this year.

Feast of S. Rosalia started today

July 14, 2015

Tags: festino, palermo, sicily, santa rosalia, feast, annual, religious, procession

Crowds outside the Palermo cathedral
The 391st edition of the five-day Feast of Santa Rosalia started today outside the cathedral where her bones are kept in a giant silver urn. The theme of this year's "festino" is Misericordia, which translates as mercy or benevolence.

Santa Rosalia arrives by sea like the immigrants

July 13, 2015

Tags: mercy, benevolence, immigration, mayor, Leoluca Orlando, Palermo, sicily, example, good behavior, Festino, santa rosalia, patron, immigration

Palermo Mayor Leoluca Orlando arrived with a statue of Santa Rosalia, the city's patroness, in Mondello, saying the symbolic act reminds everyone that many, many immigrants arrive by sea too, and that they deserve to be welcomed and loved. The theme of this year's five-day feast, which begins Tuesday, is La Misericordia. It means (more…)

Ex votos

April 1, 2015

Tags: ex voto, palermo, sicily, silver, santa rosalia, grotto, monte san pellegrini, shrine, religious, tradition

It is a tradition all over southern Italy to promise a thing of value to a saint in exchange for a "grazia ricevuta", a favor received, often a cure. Those who could afford it often bought silver miniature bas relief replicas of the body part which received the grace. They pin them to the (more…)

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