2009 – Sicily; Siracusa, Noto, Ragusa, Etna, Catania, Taormina

Ah Sicilia; home the gods, a melting pot of civilizations, warm hospitality, amazing food and wine and really bad drivers. Homer referred to Sicily as Thrinakia in the Odyssey. This was where Odysseus’ crew ate some of the sacred cattle that belonged to the god Helios (a very bad idea). It is also the island […]

2006 – Western Sicily; Palermo and the ruins of Magna Grecia

2006 – Western Sicily; Palermo and the ruins of Magna Grecia

Posted by on Aug 14, 2006 in Italy, Sicily | No Comments

Ferragosto The Italian holiday of Ferragosto commemorates the 15th of August, when the Virgin Mary ascended, body and soul, into heavenly glory. With regard to the timely co-incidence of Christian miracles and pagan Roman celebrations, Ferragosto is no different. Augustus the Emperor declared the entire month designated to celebrations and festivals. I actually read that […]

2003 – Sicily; Mt Etna, i Ciclopi, Piazza Armerina, Enna, Siracusa, Taormina

2003 – Sicily; Mt Etna, i Ciclopi, Piazza Armerina, Enna, Siracusa, Taormina

Posted by on Jul 5, 2003 in Italy, Mt Etna and Catania, Sicily, Siracusa, Taormina | No Comments

Amalfi Coast – July 4 With a good map, it’s pretty easy to drive the streets of Rome. We ventured south, along the old Appian Way, reflecting on the history of this narrow little street, still barely wide enough for 8 soldiers across. We tried to imagine the rows of crucified slaves during the revolt of […]