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Tiny stage at Teatro dei Pupi in Syracuse, Sicily

The clash of metal swords on shields reverberated through the theater. One knight fell, then another; but King Oberto fought on, determined to take back Holland from the Irish invaders. Olimpia,...

Ragusano, a type of stretched-curd cheese made with whole milk from modicana breed cows, raised exclusively of fresh grass or hay in the provinces of Ragusa and Siracusa, Sicily. It carries the label "Denominazione di Origine Protetta."

For someone with a cheese fetish, all of Sicily was heaven, but I found the the holy grail one morning in Syracuse while wandering through the fresh market. Tucked behind the...

The harbor that separates the Old Town of Syracuse, Sicily from the mainland

I had no plans to visit the city of Syracuse when I headed for Sicily. I wanted to experience the Good Friday Procession in Taormina, and perhaps take a tour to...

Though I wasn’t lucky enough to witness a live eruption of Mount Etna, a visit to the Alc√†ntara Gorge provided a striking example of the effects of such a catastrophic event....

Mount Etna dminates the skyline of eastern Sicily

My fascination with volcanoes began more than three decades ago, with the eruption of Mount St. Helens in Washington state. As the only major volcanic eruption in the contiguous U.S. in...

Women of Varo Church await the beginning of the Good Friday Procession

The women began gathering at Varo Church late in the afternoon on Good Friday. Dressed in black from head to toe, with a medallion of the Madonna hanging from royal purple...