Here in Italy the Christmas season lasts through the Epiphany, a national holiday observed on January 6th. In Sicily this December has been cool enough, with a touch of rain, to feel like late autumn - that is, "autumn" in the central Mediterranean. (Our last post mentioned Sicily's first snow of 2011).
As one of our editors, who spent many years in London and New York, put it, winter in Sicily is like autumn in certain parts of the United States or Britain but without an overcoat. That seems like a good description of the weather, if not the atmosphere.
The picture shows the portico of Palermo's imposing, neoclassical Teatro Massimo, Sicily's largest opera house, decorated for this year's Christmas holiday. Fans of the gangster genre of films may recognise it as the setting of one of the final (violent) scenes of The Godfather Part 3.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the staff of Best of Sicily!