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From New Jersey to Ispica: Madonna del Carmine in Sicily

From New Jersey to Ispica: Madonna del Carmine in Sicily

On the 16th of July I posted a picture of a procession of the Madonna del Carmine in New Jersey. Here are some pictures I took last night during the procession of the Madonna del Carmine in Ispica, a town in the Ragusa area. The procession started at 8pm and finished at 1am with big fireworks.

€1 houses in Salemi: really interesting blog and documentary project Sgarbiville

€1 houses in Salemi: really interesting blog and documentary project Sgarbiville

You probably heard about the town of Salemi in the Trapani area and the art critic Vittorio Sgarbi, who is not Sicilian and does not live in the town, becoming mayor and putting some old houses up for sale at €1 each.
I found out that a documentary film maker, Philipp Kaindl, has recenlty filmed in Salemi following the story. I found his blog and loved the account of his experience while filming.

Antica Dolceria Bonajuto in English

Antica Dolceria Bonajuto in English

We just heard from our friends at Antica Dolceria Bonajuto about the launching of the new English version of their website.

It is enough for you to open a guide to Sicily or visit the Press Releases dedicated page on their website to realize the importance of the history and the current work of the Dolceria for the city of Modica and Sicilian food culture in general.

Today in 1943, Allied troops landed in Sicily, code name: Operation Husky.

Today in 1943, Allied troops landed in Sicily, code name: Operation Husky.

Today in 1943, naval gunfire helped Allied troops to land in Sicily. The Allied invasion of Sicily, codenamed Operation Husky, was a major World War II campaign, in which the Allies took Sicily from the Axis (Italy and Nazi Germany). It was a large scale amphibious and airborne operation, followed by six weeks of land combat. It launched the Italian Campaign.

Did you know a Sicilian guy created the first café in Paris in 1686, the famous Café Procope?

Did you know a Sicilian guy created the first café in Paris in 1686, the famous Café Procope?

I recently realized that many people in Sicily and abroad do not know that Sicilian born Francesco Procopio dei Coltelli is undoubtedly one of the most influential individuals in the history of gelato and the founder of the oldest café in Paris(1686): "Le Procope".

Procopio perfected a machine invented by his grandfather Francesco, a fisherman who dedicated his free time to the creation of an ice-making machine able to produce top quality gelato.

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