Friday, February 22, 2013

Bramante's Roma Caput Mundi in New York

Roma Caput Mundi is an exhibit by Sicilian photographer Davide Bramante on Rome as Eternal City and Historic Capital.

Bramante says, "The photos featured in the exhibit combine anywhere from 4 to 9 images, shooting several analog shots on the same frame using common film such as 35 millimeter." Bramante’s vision, motive, and approach coalesce into groundbreaking creativity with this new photographic project.  Each photo consists of a mesmerizing montage, blending images of the ancient and the contemporary city. The result is a poetic and passionate vision of the Italian capital - an archaeological scrapbook of the Eternal City across the millennia, a composite architectural portrait.

Taking photos of Rome and then "enclosing its essence into a mirror of contemporary society" becomes for Bramante a challenge and tribute to the Eternal City and his Motherland. He provides a cutting edge look at the classics, rendered as though a single image, as if it were a pure thought. The result is a fascinating meditation on the ideal concept of the Eternal City. "My photographing represents exactly my way of remembering, thinking, dreaming, hoping, and imagining. Everything overlaps." says Bramante.

"Davide’s photography showcases and celebrates Rome as a historic symbol of cultural, economic, and social value," Miller remarks at his two-level gallery.

Opening Reception: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 from 6 to 9 pm
Exhibition Dates: March 5-31, 2013
Hours: Sunday - Friday, 12 noon to 6:00 pm, and by appointment.

Mark Miller Gallery, 92 Orchard Street between Broome and Delancey, New York (212) 253-9479.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Food and Politics

Unless you're at a political fundraiser, the two don't mix very well.

On Friday (February 15th), the Financial Times ran an article by Brian Viner on a cooking class in Palermo, which mentions in passing that the Italian host and hostess twice (and perhaps more than twice) made openly derogatory comments about Americans, referring to the Second World War. By association, the comments also apply to the British, Canadians and Australians - all of whom have troops buried on Italian soil.

Our staff has met writers for the Financial Times - though not Mr Viner - and we wish to make clear that the individuals offering the cookery course mentioned in the article are not associated in any way with Best of Sicily or the fine firms advertised on our site. Some cooking courses are described in my article on learning to cook in Sicily.

For the record (not that it is in any way relevant to Sicilian cuisine!), the war referred to was not initiated by the British or the Americans (several histories are available on our books page), and we find it extremely unfortunate that somebody offering a service to visitors from those countries would insist on insulting her paying guests by dredging up events from 1943 - 70 years ago! Wars are part of history, but anybody offering travel services who wants to focus on that kind of thing should consider a career in some other field.

The hosts and chefs offering the cookery classes listed in my article do not engage in provocative rhetoric, nor do most Italians who work in the travel and tourism industry attempt to insult visitors.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Save money this year!

Yes, you can! You can visit Sicily without going broke.

Check out our Sicily tours page for all kinds of tours at great prices - or at least fair ones.

If you're thinking about independent travel, the Sicily hotels and travel planning page links to all kinds of practical information and services. If you want somebody to organise it for you, Sicily Concierge is a travel agent specialised in Sicily

This is reliable information from real travel experts, not from somebody who puts up a website about Sicily to exploit the travel market.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Crocetta's Crusade Continues

Even on a slow day, Sicilian politics are at least entertaining.

Like rats fleeing a sinking ship, opposition polticians are leaving their parties for the "Megaphone" movement founded recently by newly-elected Sicilian governor Rosario Crocetta. Seems they finally got the message that change is in the air. It's a little like the Fascists who quickly burned their party membership cards when the Allies arrived in 1943.

In just two months, Crocetta has addressed issues important to visitors by ordering mass reassignments of managers and bureaucrats in the tourism-related agencies, especially Beni Culturali, and taking control of certain services that had been farmed out to the corrupt friends of equally corrupt politicians.

The wholesale theft of the last decade is astounding. In the agency responsible for vocational training programmes some 20 million euros are missing.

In the works are plans to keep historical and archaeological sites open longer beginning this Spring, so you can visit Segesta and Agrigento  after dark.

Your editors applaud the efforts of Rosario Crocetta and his team. We believe that these changes will be good for visitors and for the tourism industry in general.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Sicily Now!

This month's issue of the Best of Sicily Magazine presents articles on Wagner, Sicilian hazelnuts and visiting Sicily now, during the cooler months.

We repeat it often because Winter really is one of the best times to come to Sicily. Apart from the cooler weather - Summer in Sicily is very hot - there are fewer crowds at the sights and sites you visit. We were in Segesta two days ago and we had the vast archeological site to ourselves.