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The Leopard and Giuseppe Lampedusa

The “Leopard”, one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century, was written by a Sicilian aristocrat who was extremely erudite, pensive,...
The Queen Palm, Syagrus romanzoffiana

Lovely, graceful palms from all over the country

Palms hold a special place in my gardening experience. Perhaps this is because as a boy I helped my grandfather sprout and grow coconut palms in his...
Vizzini, Sicily, hometown of Giovanni Verga

Giovanni Verga, D.H. Lawrence, Pietro Mascagni.

Tre Artisti Senza Pretese All three of these artists have in their work a deeply sensitive appreciation for Sicily and its rich souled people. Their...
Fennel in Spring

Fennel - Finocchio

Fennel, known in Italian as finocchio, is a plant of Mediterranean origin that gives us a piquancy for the kitchen and a graceful plant for our...

In praise of olive trees

Olive trees are the most often cited trees in western literature as evidenced by Lawrence Durrell’s poetic comment, “A taste older than meat, older...
lemons

Exotic lemons

After Goethe had escaped his heavy court duties at Weimar in Germany and passed through the Brenner into Italy, he saw his first lemons growing at...