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

Schools and Bridges Collapsing in Sicily: Thanks Mafia!

Here’s a photo of a road in Sicily which collapsed just ten days after it was built. It’s near Mezzojuso, 25 miles from Palermo. It cost more than Euros 200 million … Continue reading

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Sour, Corrupt and dominated by the Mafia: The Citrus Industry in Sicily

Delicious juicy oranges and succulent lemons are one of the first things that spring to mind when most people think  of Sicily. The other, unfortunately, is the Mafia, but few … Continue reading

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Is Sicily the Most Geological Place on Earth?

I took my son to a special exhibition of minerals owned by a private collector recently. He said this one looked just like Superman’s home, so it must be kryptonite: … Continue reading

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Sulphur, Sicilians, and the Exodus to the USA

There is not one manufacturing industry in the world that can work without sulphur. When the industrial revolution took place in the 19th century, 90% of all the sulphur in … Continue reading

April 1, 2015 · 45 Comments

Where is the City of Zyz, and why was it Cut in Four pieces?

Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians from Tunisia and called Zyz. They divided the city into quarters, with one long road running south from the sea right through the heart … Continue reading

March 30, 2015 · 10 Comments

The Moorish Heads of Sicily

…Otherwise known as Pot Heads! I like the ambiguity in the phrase Moorish Heads. When the Moors invaded Sicily from North Africa in the 11th century, they built ceramics workshops … Continue reading

March 24, 2015 · 19 Comments

How to Queue-hop in front of a Sicilian

If queue-hopping were an Olympic sport, the Sicilians would win gold every time. Yet recently I beat them at their own game. My son – who lives bravely with chronic … Continue reading

March 23, 2015 · 13 Comments

How to improve your Italian – TUTTO ITALIANO!

I’ve been meaning to work on my Italian for about ten years, since I compared my Italian with my sister’s. She’s a professional translator, whereas I learned it all from … Continue reading

March 18, 2015 · 6 Comments

How authentic an Italian are you?

Originally posted on Englishman in Italy:
I asked Mrs Sensible if I could pass for an Italian, not a chance she said, you don’t dress like an Italian, you don’t…

March 17, 2015 · 4 Comments

Yes, this package of white powder is mine

Last week I received a summons from the local post office, informing me I must present myself at their offices within an appointed deadline. The card had rubber stamps and … Continue reading

March 16, 2015 · 26 Comments

Explore the Elements: Thomas Cook Photography Competition

Thomas Cook is running a photography competition. The rules are simple: post four photographs, each one representing the four elements of earth, air, fire and water. Click here for Competition Details CLICK … Continue reading

March 14, 2015 · 7 Comments

A Sicilian Horse

March 14, 2015 · 2 Comments

From London to Sicily, with love

Originally posted on Jules Told Me:
One of my favourite bloggers, Veronica di Grigoli, writes with wit and passion about her adopted home of Sicily. Her hugely enjoyable blog –…

March 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

What do Wine, Salt and an English Martyr have in common?

Marsala, on the westernmost point of Sicily! Marsala, being a major strategic town on Sicily’s west coast, became a major base when the Spanish conquered Italy. It has a very southern-Spanish … Continue reading

March 9, 2015 · 16 Comments

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