Teresa Di Fresco

December is a month filled with Christian religious festivals, celebrated with profound devotion on the island of Sicily. These festivities could be seen as precursors to Christmas, as the island tradition integrates them into a celebration that is not solely …

April 1982 marked the beginning of theArtichoke Festival in an area of about 700 hectares dedicated to artichoke cultivation. Now, 42 years later, the festival remains a reflection of the dedication of the residents of Cerda (Palermo), who have a …

The rituals of Holy Week, marked on the calendar this year from March 24th to March 31st, commence with Palm Sunday and feature special celebrations each day. This year, 83 Sicilian cities will honor these traditions, with many of the …

Getting to know an artist through their works is an encounter that sometimes offers the opportunity to understand their art, to place them in the time they lived, to imagine their personality, especially if they are no longer in this …

Old Saint Joseph, what’s in your basket?/ Fresh grass, fresh violets/ nests, birds, and joyful sun!/ In the smallest nook/ I have a little flake of snow,/ a plate of fritters/ and so many other beautiful things!/ As spring arrives/ …

Numerous pages have been written about the migrations of Sicilians to other countries in search of a better future, among which we remember Heart in the Abyss (published by Gastaldi in 1949) by Nino Di Maria, a native of Sommatino …

The term Carnevale stems from the Latin expression carnem levare, which roughly translates to an urging to abstain from eating meat. Indeed, the day after Mardi Gras, the climax of Carnival, marks the beginning of Lent, a period extending until …

For those yet unaware, Palermo, not only cherished by its locals but admired far and wide, harbors some unique and exclusive features that distinguish it as the capital of Sicily. It boasts the largest historical center in Europe, a title recognized …

Although many Sicilians have left their homeland over the past century and a half in search of a better future, they certainly haven’t forgotten it. They’ve integrated well into new countries, cities, and communities, often achieving successful careers and earning …

In the midst of the countless churches gracing the historic center of Palermo, some of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites, one cannot help but notice the one that occupies a prominent place at the Quattro Canti, or Piazza Vigliena. …