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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

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…)

A bloodless mattanza for tourists

February 29, 2016

Tags: favignana, tonnara, mattanza, tuna, tourist, fake, sham, money, tourism, tuna, giant bluefin tuna

I read in La Repubblica that the tonnara is coming back to Favignana, but just to draw tourists, and the men will not lift the tuna in teams of eight with lances of varying lengths as they used to. To know what a tonnara used to be like, please read my first book, Mattanza. (more…)

Uncork Mt. Etna Tour with LaRosa Works

January 21, 2016

Tags: Uncork Etna, tour, LaRosa Works, Catania, wine, winemakers spectacular, dining, guides, vineyards, travel, tourism, Linguaglossa

The New York-based Sicily lover and connoisseur Karen La Rosa of LaRosa Works offers her limited-participation UNCORK MOUNT ETNA TOUR to be held May 30 - June 6, 2016. The group will explore vineyards, meet winemakers and learn from the pros in spectacular settings ranging from Catania to towns on the slopes of Etna, Europe's largest active volcano. The tour includes fine dining in spectacular settings, private transportation and guides to accompany the group. (more…)

Video montage of towns around S. Margherita di Belice

December 3, 2015

Tags: Santa margherita belice, caltabellotta, salaparuta, poggioreale, sciacca, vita, tourism

A group of towns around Santa Margherita Belice have banded together to self-promote the cultural treasures and natural and agrarian beauties of their towns to tourists. They have produced a three-minute video that is fun to watch:

Jacarandas proposed for Via E. Amari

November 21, 2015

Tags: jacaranda, tree, palermo, via amari, tourism, semi-tropical

Palermo cut down some ancient trees to install a new tram line, and now they are thinking about what to plant in their place. Along Via Emerico Amari, which leads to the Politeama theater from the cruise ship port, the city counselor in charge of urban greenery, Francesco Maria Raimondo, is thinking about planting (more…)

Realmonte: Scala dei Turchi

March 23, 2015

Tags: realmonte, sicilia, scala dei turchi, white, cliff, editerranean, sea, blue, gypsum, beauty, sicily, sicilia, tourism, water, sun, colors

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