Category Archives: Italy

Palermo Is A Real Rush

I almost cut short my visit to Palermo. It is an exhausting city. It is a noisy, dirty, chaotic, exhausting city. Motorbikes whiz past with reckless abandon, streets collect puddles of fish-water from frenzied seafood markets, garbage piles up on … Continue reading

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Random Pic: Your Chariot Awaits

Wedding carriage, Catania, Sicily, 2015.

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The Colorful Carts Of Sicily

The goal, upon returning to the endlessly fascinating island of Sicily, was to see firsthand a Sicilian cart. On my first full day there, this mission was accomplished. It was on the breathtaking hillside town of Erice. Having roamed its … Continue reading

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Announcing A New Blog About Calabria & The Mezzogiorno

Last year I wrote a post about visiting part of Calabria, in which I touched on some Calabrese history, culture, travel, and a little family/immigration history. The subject has continued to interest me, to the point that I have decided … Continue reading

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…And Taormina-Giardini as Bagheria

Pictured above the train station in Bagheria, Sicily. Except that it’s not. It’s actually the Taormina-Giardini train station, located well across the island. (I wrote about it in my piece on Taormina.) Take a look at the photo below, which … Continue reading

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Taormina’s Natural And Man Made Beauty

The term “tourist trap” gets used a lot, including by this blogger. But not all tourist traps are equal. Some places simply attract swarms of tourists, with little to offer aesthetically or culturally. For example, you’re not going to see … Continue reading

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All Aboard The Train To Sicily

You’re looking at the upper deck – not sure if that’s a correct maritime term – of the ferry that shuttles between Reggio di Calabria, on the tippy toe of the Italian peninsula, to Messina in Sicily. It’s a fairly … Continue reading

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Five Ways Toward A Smoother Ride To Italian Dual Citizenship

This post is for those of you who qualify to be recognized as Italian citizens, jure sanguinis (right of blood or through ancestry). If you don’t qualify through ancestry, there are of course other ways to become an Italian citizen. … Continue reading

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In Bruttium: Adventures in Calabria

When I was a kid I used to listen to my parents’ Bill Cosby LP, I Started Out As A Child. Wore the grooves out on that damned record. There was one hilarious bit about the Lone Ranger, and another … Continue reading

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Back from Italy, and I Brought Italian Citizenship With Me

Of all the souvenirs I might have brought home with me from my trip to Italy, nothing could possibly top what I snagged in one tiny Calabrian backwater village: My Italian birth certificate. That’s right: I’m now recognized as an … Continue reading

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