Helping the Strays of Sicily

This article originally appeared in the December 2017/January 2018 issue of Dream of Italy. Every available space in Gabriella Becchina’s house and yard is filled with pet supplies – crates, food, toys, and medicine – for the 30 animals she fosters at her animal rescue, Animalsicilia, and for her two pets. When she moved to Castelvetrano on the island of Sicily in 2003, …

Palermo Street Food: Try Sfincione Palmermitano

The cover story of our April issue was one of our most delicious ever – devoted to Palermo and the savory and sweet street food you can enjoy in the vibrant markets of Sicily’s capital city. Our Sicily expert Allison Scola went in-depth on everything from Pane ca’ meusa (veal spleen sandwich) to cannoli. Here’s an excerpt on the food pictured …

What to Know About Palermo: Italian Capital of Culture 2018

In the April 2017 issue of Dream of Italy, Sicily expert Allison Scola writes extensively about Palermo and its street food. She says not only food, but culture is another big reason to pack your bags and head to Palermo in 2018.  Earlier this year, Italy’s Minister for Cultural Heritage and Art, Dario Franceschini, announced that Palermo will be Italy’s …

Unique Christmas Celebrations in Southern Italy

An edited version of this article appeared in the November 2016 issue of Dream of Italy. Updated 2018. Click here for all Christmas in Italy travel suggestions The holiday season is a magical time of year in Italy and a great time to experience Italian traditions new and old. Over the years at Dream of Italy, we’ve written about various ways to …

Nuts About Noto Sicily: Why Visit This Baroque Town

Ah Sicily! It would take a lifetime to see it all but may we suggest delving into the richness that is the southeastern corner – you’ve probably heard of Catania and Siracusa, but what about Noto? In our October issue, we explore the vineyards around Noto – where you feel like you’re in California but on the sea, where the …

Volunteer Your Way Through Italy With Workaway

Updated 2018. A site that will truly help you do as the Romans do, Workaway is an interesting option for adventurous travelers looking to experience Italian life and culture – hands on! Workaway facilitates the exchange of work for room and board. The site lets hosts post their unique labor needs while workers can search for work that suits them …

A Classic Christmas Dessert Recipe from Sicily

Updated 2018. When writing my guest article on Italian Christmas desserts, I asked my friend Maria Louisa Manca, who is a very good cook from Catania (a beautiful city situated on the slope of Mount Etna) to share a favorite dessert from her native Sicily. Here is Maria Louisa’s classic recipe for Croccante alle Mandorle Siciliano: Ingredients: (for 7-8 servings) 500 grams almonds, lightly …

Eat, Pray, Love as You Travel Through Italy

Eat Pray Love has inspired many women to travel to Italy to follow in Elizabeth Gilbert’s footsteps. Now with the release of the movie starring Julia Roberts, find out how Eat Pray Love can inspire your own Italy travels.