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Out of Palermo

Rick Steves on Palermo

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A bloodless mattanza for tourists

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.  Read More 
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Uncork Mt. Etna Tour with LaRosa Works

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. Read More 
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Sicily top destination for 2016

See 1:45 to cut to the chase.
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Video montage of towns around S. Margherita di Belice

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:
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Jacarandas proposed for Via E. Amari

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  Read More 
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Realmonte: Scala dei Turchi

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Oratorio dei Bianchi

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