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Days of Sicily, Knights of Malta – Part 7: Ragusa and Noto

Chiesa di San Francesco all'Immacolata, Noto, Sicily

The great earthquake of 1693 left its mark on the people of Sicily, and on architecture and city planning as well. Read More »

Days of Sicily, Knights of Malta – Part 6: Siracusa

Moon over the water, Siracusa, Sicily

Greek and Roman amphitheaters, the Ear of Dionysius, layers upon layers of history – even a 1,500-year-old mikvah. Siracusa has more things to see than most any other place in Sicily. Read More »

Days of Sicily, Knights of Malta – Part 4: Cefalù and the Winding Road to Taormina


Another day, another duomo? But what beautiful ceramics! Read More »

Days of Sicily, Knights of Malta – Part 3: Palermo

Cloister, St. John of the Hermits, Palermo

Churches, catacombs, hermits, and Inquisition graffiti in Sicily's biggest city. Read More »

Days of Sicily, Knights of Malta – Part 2: Erice


A foggy visit to the ancient mountaintop town near Sicily's western coast. Read More »

Days of Sicily, Knights of Malta – Part 1

View from Villa Cefala

Travels in the north and west of Sicily: Segesta, Trapani, and a beautiful agriturismo. Read More »

TV Review: ‘NOVA’ – ‘Great Cathedral Mystery’

The recently discovered cuppolina, courtesy of National Geographic Television.

Anyone who has studied Renaissance art, visited the Duomo, or who dreams of visiting the city and its cathedral in future will enjoy this informative film. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Cold Tuscan Stone’ by David P. Wagner


Amateur sleuth. Rick Montoya, deals with antiquities smuggling and murder in this debut thriller. Read More »

Travel in Italy: Puglia and the Trulli

Trullo in the Apulia region in Italy

These strange houses are hundreds of years old, and many bear strange Christian or Pagan symbols. Read More »

Interview with Mary Carter, Author of ‘Three Months in Florence’

Three Months in Florence

"I have to remind myself to enjoy the process, that writing can be fun. If it’s torture to write, it’s probably torture to read." Read More »