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Sicilian Musicians, Poets, Directors…


Il Volo shared this photo via Twitter on 9/18/2014

MN (mlla) highlights various well-known musicians, directors, poets and even Nobel prize winners from Sicily in her last section on the Italian island that is home to Ignazio and Piero.

Per MN,  “Some Sicilian famous personalities :

– Mathematician: Archimede da Siracusa
– Painters: Antonello da Messina, Renato Guttuso
– Writers: Tomasi di Lampedusa, Luigi Pirandello (Nobel prize), Giovanni Verga, Salvatore Quasimodo (Poet and Nobel Prize), Elio Vittorini, Vitaliano Brancati, Gesualdo Bufalino, Dacia Maraini,Leonardo Sciascia and Andrea Camilleri
– Musicians/composers: Alessandro Scarlatti, Vincenzo Bellini, Fraancesco Paolo Frontini
– Film Directors: Giuseppe Tornatore (Oscar winner) and Emanuele Crialese.”

Thank you MN, we have enjoyed your contributions!

Additional Information

Giuseppe Tornatore
Cinema Paradiso director Giuseppe Tornatore to shoot next film in UK  3/7/2014

Italy’s Treasures: The Genius of Archimedes of Syracuse

Best of Sicily  Antonello da Messina

Luigi Pirandello

Salvatore QuasimodoBiographical The Nobel Prize in Literature 1959

Alessandro Scarlatti


What’s YOUR Favorite Italian Movie?


From: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095765/

Do you have a favorite Italian movie or really like a movie that has anything to do with Italia? I have a few, some are old and a few are even older. I found many of them after my first trip to Italia! Some of my favorites include the titles listed below.

Cinema Paradiso is my absolute favorite!  The scenery is beautiful and much of it is filmed in Sicilia, the island Piero and Ignazio call home!  Look for the shot of the limoni (lemons) on Salvatore’s mother’s table! They are beautiful and huge – just the way they grow in Sicilia!

Do you have a favorite movie that has anything to do with Italia?   Please let us know!    Thanks!  ~ Michele

MY FAVORITE!  Cinema Paradiso  1988

Cinema Paradiso film locations:

Roman Holiday 1953

Three Coins in the Fountain 1954

A Room with a View  1985

Stealing Beauty 1996

Under the Tuscan Sun 2003

Letters to Juliet 2010


Breaking Away 1979  (Many references to “things” relating to Italia and from Italia)

Italia – Sicilia Part 3


Barrels and barrels of Marsala wine (from ThinkSicily)

Let’s go back to discovering a little more about Sicilia!

Our own mlla, MN continues, “Sicily has been a grain-producing territory for the Ancient  Romans. As today, oranges, lemons, olives, capers,  almonds and pistachio, grapes and figs, but also tomatoes, eggplants and peppers broccoli  are just a part of its large agricultural production.  To be noted the production of cheese namely the famous Ricotta, the Pepato or the Caciocavallo.  Honey is also produced in large quantities and flavors due to the richness of the flora.


Fisheries represent another  part of the economy as well as tourism, the latter, due to beauty of the natural landscapes, the baroccan cities, the numerous archeological sites and of course the food and the wines like Nero d’Avola or Marsala or the sweet Passito and Zibibbo are known world wide.

At the end of your dinner you will likely to be offered the tasty Almond flavored white wine.Tourists and voyagers can enjoy the typical dishes like the home made pastas recipes:  Pasta alla Norma (named out of Vincenzo Bellini opera), Pasta con le sarde, Pasta con acciughe e finocchietto, as well as the famous Arancini, la  Caponata, le Melanzane alla parmigiana, not to mention the well known pastries and cakes: Cannoli siciliani, Cassata, Frutta Martorana and the Modica chocolate to name a few.”

Thank you MN for your contribution to Sicilia Part 3!
Additional Resources:
“Marsala, wine town and landing point of Garibaldi’s 1000 men”

“Ricotta Salata cheese”  Everyday Food Ricotta  4/17/2014

“Cannoli Siciliani”   bakepedia  3/3/2014

Italia – Sicilia Part 2 with Photos by Piero!

Il tempio diZeus by PieroBarone                                                              Piero Barone Il Volo @piero_barone   May 7
              Il tempio di “Zeus“! I love Sicily!! #something #special #we #have pic.twitter.com/SUYS4ZHgrL

We are so lucky to have a few photos of some of the very “special” archaeological sites in Sicily taken by our own PIERO!  Here are a few more shots by Piero!NaroCastleByPieroBarone

Piero Barone Il Volo @piero_barone   May 6

The beautiful “Castle” of my hometown “NARO”…  #origini #MyLove #Where #i #grow #up with my friend @dariomirabile pic.twitter.com/rSoCcjCUSi

I templiBy PieroBarone

Piero Barone Il Volo @piero_barone  · May 7
I templi pic.twitter.com/eSqseeEtQQ


MN continues Sicilia Part 2, “The ancient Roman name for Sicily was Trinacria, because of its triangular shape. Sicily has undergone a range of dominations, from Greeks, Romans, Germanic and Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, French, Spanish and the Bourbons till the unification of Italy in 1861. Therefore the historical remains of these different cultures, like ancient temples, theaters, ancient statues and Barocan churches can be found in archeological sites, museums and cities around the island.”    Thank you MN for your contribution to Sicilia Part 2!   Michele


Here I am back on the bus on the way to another archaeological site in Sicilia!


Greek archaeological site of Selinunte



We finally get to eat overlooking the beautiful beach above with the ruins of Selinunte in view!


“On the south west coast of Sicily, not far from Mazara del Vallo, lies one of the largest and most impressive archaeological sites in the Mediterranean. On a par with pretty much anything found in Greece itself, Selinunte has lain abandoned for over 2,000 years, its numerous temples, acropolis and agora in dignified ruins…  Selinunte is beautifully located, sitting on a high plain and overlooking the sea. It is flanked on either side by golden beaches.”   Read more:


Photo credits: Piero Barone via Twitter, Michele (MFA)

Italia – Sicilia Part 2 — to be continued.