Posts tagged "Sicily"

You can buy a home in this scenic town in Sicily, Italy for $1—but there’s a catch

Mussomeli in Sicily, Italy sits on a steep hillside, has narrow streets and is known for its medieval castle and old churches. As part of a not-for-profit project, there are about 100 homes for sale there for 1 euro each, as long as you’re willing to renovate. Source: You can buy a home in this...

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

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...
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.

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...

50 years since Sicily’s earthquake, an urban disaster of a different kind

“The truth is that we were victims of an urban experiment imposed on us from the top,” says the current mayor, Lorenzo Pagliaroli. “But cities cannot be rebuilt in a few years. The old Poggioreale was founded in 1642 and it took 300 years to model it, according to the habits of its people. Source:...
Rosa Barba:  The Color Out of Space

Rosa Barba: The Color Out of Space

Rosa Barba’s works encompassing sculptures, installations, text pieces, and publications are grounded in the material qualities of cinema. Her film sculptures examine the physical properties of the projector, celluloid, and projected light. Barba’s longer projected works are situated between experimental documentary and fictional narrative, and are indeterminately situated in the past or the future. These...
Director Frank Capra Honored with U.S. Postal Stamp

Director Frank Capra Honored with U.S. Postal Stamp

Sicilian-born filmmaker’s movies focused on patriotism and hope A stamp to honor film director Frank Capra, best known for the perennial favorite It’s a Wonderful Life  starring James Stewart, has been issued by the Postal Service. Capra is one of four famous filmmakers to be awarded their own stamps. The others are John Ford, John...