Moments in Time

I been unable to post on My Bella Sicily for a while due to my caregiving duties for my 87 year old mother who struggled from a stroke and subsequently died October 9th. I have been blessed to have my mother and father live into their late 80’s. My dad turns 89 this September. Grief […]

Sicilian Marionettes

Located on the outskirts of Partinico, Palermo, Sicily, you will find la Real Cantina Borbonica an extraordinary building commissioned in 1800 as a winery by Ferdinand I, King of the Two Sicilies. Today the building is primarily used as a museum of historical, cultural and agricultural traditions, and for special events, like weddings, concerts and banquets. It’s […]

Sicilian Dreams

There are very few people living today who were part of the wave of migration from Sicily to America between the years 1900 – 1920’s. Research shows approximately 75% of Sicilian men who came for work in America never planned to stay permanently. They were nicknamed “Birds of Passage.” Sicilians who did settle left EVERYTHING […]

PALERMO CHOSEN TO BE ITALY’S CULTURE CAPITAL

Congratulations Palermo, Sicily on being chosen the 2018 Cultural Italian City! Palermo was the perfect choice because it is one of Italy’s most vibrant and eclectic cities. Sicily is strategically located in the Mediterranean and Palermo’s amazing location along the northwestern coast encircled by mountains lured multiple conquerors, including the Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans, Spanish […]

The Babe of Bethlehem: A Sicilian Christmas Tradition

As we approach Advent and the Christmas season, many Americans begin their annual ritual of dragging out boxes of holiday decorations. One cannot experience this customary process without recalling memories of past festivities with family and friends. My family follows typical American Christmas traditions with a twist of Italian/Sicilian customs. The focus is food, faith, […]

SICILY IS DELICIOUSLY AMAZING IN ANY SEASON

My love for Sicily grows with each visit! Sicily is filled with cultural enchantment, deep historic origins and offers a wide array of delicious produce and cuisine. My first visit was in the fall of 2014. I returned in the spring of 2015 and recently visited this summer. No matter what time of year you go, […]