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Not Just a Pretty Facade, Palermo’s Opera Is an Anti-Mafia Symbol

Not Just a Pretty Facade, Palermo’s Opera Is an Anti-Mafia Symbol

| March 13, 2018

Palermo’s Teatro Massimo is the biggest opera house in Italy and a symbol of the mafia’s disgrace in Sicily. It also starred in “The Godfather: Part III.” Yes, Milan’s La Scala may have more seats, and La Fenice in la Venezia is more venerable by a century, but Palermo’s Teatro Massimo is easily the biggest […]

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It’s got ancient Greek ruins, spicy food and an active volcano. It’s extreme Italy.

It’s got ancient Greek ruins, spicy food and an active volcano. It’s extreme Italy.

| January 26, 2018

While part of Italy, Sicily really is a world apart. Midway between Africa and Europe in the middle of the Mediterranean, over the last 2,500 years it’s been ruled by Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans, and Spaniards. Its complicated past makes it distinct — with spicier food, a more festive lifestyle, and people who are Sicilian […]

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