Shooting Stars, Saracens and Pizza: Events in Italy This Summer

Our fr*ee online calendar of events is back and filled with tantalizing festivals, concerts and celebrations taking place this summer and fall in Italy. Here are some highlights: Donnafugata (Sicily): Calici di Stelle (Goblets of Stars)August 10, 2008Italians throughout the land celebrate Notte di San Lorenzo (celebrating San Lorenzo on August 10th) outside, under the stars. It is the night …

Rumble, Rumble: Etna Bursts Back to Life in Sicily

Europe’s highest and most active volcano – Sicily’s Mount Etna – is at it again. This past weekend, minor eruptions shook the cone of the volcano. Tuesday there was a more significant seismic event followed by a rain of ash on the southeast crater. There doesn’t appear to be any danger to nearby residents. According to the AFP , “The …

Traveling Palette Art Workshops: D’Ambruoso Studios

Tuscany! Amalfi Coast! Sicily! Traveling Palette Art Workshops is celebrating 11 years of providing exceptional outdoor painting programs set in world-class venues. Each workshop is dedicated to instruction in drawing and painting techniques given by Sam D’Ambruoso, including demos, exercises and constructive critiques. Non-painting guests share in the fun, too, traveling to each site. Every village is unique in offering …

Sicilian Cooking Classes in Siracusa

This is a condensed excerpt from the March 2008 issue of Dream of Italy: A typical day for Fiorangela Piccione, a youthful-looking grandmother, begins with pastry baking for L’Approdo delle Sirene, her Siracusa bed and breakfast She dons running shoes to circle the island and then does an afternoon stint at her travel agency. Oh yes, Fiora also makes time …

Is Sicily Part of Your 2008 “Dream of Italy”?

Our friends at the wonderful online Italian food store DITALIA are taking their love of all things Italian on the road – to Sicily in May! Their 7-night tour focuses on the incredible foods of this island, while taking in the sights and sounds of cities and towns like Palermo, Ragusa, Modica, Agrigento and Erice. Participants will dine at some …

Get a FREE Copy of “Dream of Italy’s Special Report: Sicily”

Interested in learning more about the enchanting and alluring island of Sicily? Sign up for Dream of Italy’s twice monthly free e-mail updates on travel to Italy and automatically receive a FREE copy of Dream of Italy’s Special Report: Sicily ($12 value). Our report covers everything from the hustle and bustle of Palermo to Sicily’s volcanic Aeolian Islands. Find out …

Sicily’s Last Fishnet Maker Dies

Antonio Vultaggio, the last Sicilian fishnet maker, has died at the age of 78, according to Italy Magazine. There’s something so special about Italian tradition that makes younger countries like the U.S. drool with envy since their history and ancestors only date back a few hundred years. And its stories like this one that make one realize how important it …

Palermo’s 700 year-old Vucciria Market Withers

Could one of Palermo’s most beloved open-air markets becoming a thing of the past? Some locals are concerned that without the help of city funding, the once-bustling Vucciria market may not be around to see the next decade. Danielle Pargament of The New York Times describes her unforgettable experience: “As I stepped over the empty boxes and discarded fruit rinds, …

Stromboli ERUPTS!

Reuters is reporting that Stromboli, the volcano on the Sicilian island of the same name has erupted, but residents are not at immediate risk although they have been told to stay away from the coast. Here’s more from the news agency: Spectacular eruptions from the volcano on the southern Italian island of Stromboli may cause tidal waves, and all locals …