The Dangerously Truthful Diary of a Sicilian Housewife

An English woman in Sicily handling parenthood, corruption and a Sicilian mother-in-law, all at once

The Villa of the Fashionista: Villa Sant’Isidoro in Aspra

I have spent eleven years being irritated by an 18th century villa near my house, because it blocks the middle of what could be a perfect road running right behind … Continue reading

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The Jewish Ghosts of Palermo

There was a Jewish presence in Sicily for centuries, possibly from before the birth of Jesus. The Jews were the only outsiders who made their homes in Sicily and became … Continue reading

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Held to Ransom by the Maternal Mafia

I had to collect my son from school early on Wednesday of the week before last, because the school fell down. It sounds like the punchline to a cheesy joke, … Continue reading

October 30, 2015 · 131 Comments

San Nicola l’Arena, a fancy Sicilian village!

San Nicola is a village in Trabia, a little way along the Sicilian coast from the one where I live, but a world apart. Where we have fish heads and … Continue reading

October 12, 2015 · 9 Comments

Why I am teaching my son to break the rules

I was chatting on Facebook with a fellow Expat in Sicily recently about how to make children do their homework. I actually don’t think it IS always a good idea. … Continue reading

October 1, 2015 · 30 Comments

The Vucciria Market in Palermo

I was bewildered recently to find an article online, published by Italy Magazine, purporting to be about the Vucciria Market in Palermo. It described the Vucciria as a flourishing food … Continue reading

September 28, 2015 · 23 Comments

The Italian Refugee Crisis in Numbers

I’ve seen a lot of nonsense talked about the refugee crisis in Europe. This uses Italy as an example but applies to all of Europe. Take a look at some … Continue reading

September 24, 2015 · 15 Comments

Who Cleans up after the Flower Festivals in Sicily?

Ever been to one of those Mediterranean Fiorata festivals and wondered who cleans up afterwards? The locals spend the night putting millions of flower petals, seeds, beans and nuts out … Continue reading

September 21, 2015 · 1 Comment

A Time to Die – the Spanish Inquisition in Sicily

The history books about Sicily have little to say about the time of the Spanish rule. I find this strange, because the Spanish changed Sicily more than any other conqueror. … Continue reading

September 17, 2015 · 18 Comments

EU countries are “Refugee Shopping” to pick the refugees they want

This is the first article in a Friday series about the refugee crisis facing Europe. Here in Sicily, we get no choice over the refugees we take in. In these … Continue reading

September 11, 2015 · 24 Comments

What are these Africans doing in Sicily?

What effect are all the African migrants having on Sicily these days? Three documentary makers and a great many blog readers have asked me about African immigrants in Sicily, and … Continue reading

September 10, 2015 · 26 Comments

Sicilian Housewife gives her Husband two Black Eyes

Hubby and I had just flopped blissfully into bed from parenting-induced exhaustion. When our kiddo has a cold, he makes sure the suffering is dished out fairly and evenly among … Continue reading

September 7, 2015 · 13 Comments

The Garden of the Kolymbetra, Agrigento

Many people visit the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, Sicily and completely miss the luscious botanical garden called the Kolymbetra.   Originally, the Kolymbetra was an exquisite artificial lake, … Continue reading

September 3, 2015 · 9 Comments

Caption Competition – The Winners!

Thank you to everyone who entered the caption competition! I enjoyed all your entries and would have loved to give a prize to everyone. I found it hard to choose … Continue reading

August 31, 2015 · 12 Comments

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