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

Buying a House in Stoke-on-Trent: the Italian point of view

We are looking for a house here in England. My Sicilian Hubby is, shall we say, going up a learning curve. He is learning to speak English. Learning to speak … Continue reading

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Buying a House in Italy: Where have the original features gone?

Now that we are looking for a house to buy in England, Hubby is getting a lot of surprises about how English people do it. “Are you SURE they’ll leave … Continue reading

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Rico Franchi’s single is climbing the charts

Sicilians! You find them everywhere! Now that I am in the middle of England, I thought I would meet fewer of them, but their talent makes them shine out from … Continue reading

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Comedy novel ‘The Dangerously Truthful Diary of a Sicilian Housewife’ gets rave reviews

    “Veronica Di Grigoli’s book The Dangerously truthful diary of a Sicilian Housewife takes us on her own personal odyssey, navigating through many monstrosities, perils and everyday adventures along … Continue reading

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Do you only eat fruit in season, or forced in greenhouses?

Whilst scoffing mango and strawberries with my nephew the other day, I found myself thinking of my friends in Sicily with pity. This is the season when they have pretty … Continue reading

April 15, 2016 · 32 Comments

The Sadness of Sicilians in England

There’s often something forlorn about Italians in England, isn’t there? An air of pathos hangs around them, especially in summer when they are gradually realising that it really, truly isn’t … Continue reading

April 8, 2016 · 28 Comments

Mount Etna, Europe’s Biggest Volcano

Imagine my shock and embarrassment when I suddenly realised, after 11 years in Sicily, I had never blogged about Mount Etna! Now I have finished clutching my pearls in horror, I … Continue reading

March 31, 2016 · 14 Comments

Castelbuono, the Foodies’ Paradise in Sicily

I have blogged about Castelbuono before, but not recently, so I am doing it again! We took an English friend there last summer, and she took all these lovely photos. … Continue reading

March 25, 2016 · 11 Comments

Happy Easter Sicilian Style! Buona Pasqua!

Look at this lovely gift which arrived in the post today. It came from Hubby’s ex colleagues.   It is the classic Sicilian Easter gift: a flock of Easter Lambs, … Continue reading

March 22, 2016 · 13 Comments

Shopping in Palermo

Palermo is a fun place to go shopping, and you can find some real bargains if you know where to go. If you don’t, you can find a truly amazing … Continue reading

March 18, 2016 · 10 Comments

Why are these refugees coming to Europe anyway?

I recently moved back to England, partly because I found my dream job, my life’s calling; and equally so that my son could go to school in peace after his … Continue reading

March 10, 2016 · 32 Comments

Found in Translation

One of the various jobs I did in Sicily was technical translations. I specialised in translating and co-authoring medical textbooks and research papers, and legal documents. You may think this … Continue reading

March 3, 2016 · 13 Comments

Dolce & Gabbana Summer 2016: The Carretto Siciliano!

I was happy to see that Sicilian fashion duo Dolce and Gabbana (well, one of them is Sicilian anyway) have turned back to Sicily to inspire their Summer 2016 collection. They … Continue reading

February 26, 2016 · 19 Comments

Where is the Sicilian Housewife?

Hello darlings! Sorry about my very long silence. It has provoked rumours of pregnancy (I am too old, mentally not biologically), lottery winning (I wish!) and falling down a large … Continue reading

February 16, 2016 · 69 Comments

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 · 132 Comments

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