Sunday, April 20, 2014
Friday, April 25th is "Liberation Day," the principal national holiday, marking Italy's "liberation" from Fascism, though the Americans and Brits who defeated the Germans and Italians will not be mentioned in the official festivities. (An ironic point is that in 1943-1945 our beloved Italia was, in effect, liberated from itself, but let's not go there...)
Then there's May Day, Thursday, May 1st, the socialist labour day, when there won't even be public bus service. In other words, virtually nobody will be working that day. Except, of course, bakers and others who operate their own small businesses.
The good news is that there won't be any other major holidays until August. June 2nd, Republic Day, isn't taken too seriously by anybody.
Posted by Vincenzo Salerno at 9:01 AM
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Golden Sicily tour page for details.
Read about The Peoples of Sicily.
Posted by Vincenzo Salerno at 9:16 AM
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Historian Jackie Alio's Women of Sicily presents profiles of seventeen medieval women, including several virtually ignored in the annals of history. Also featured is a brief but useful history of Sicily and a detailed chronology (timeline), along with a chapter on the status of Sicilian women in Italy today.
Though rarely presented in English for an international readership, the information on gender equality is really only a detail to place the role of Sicilian women in perspective. Indeed, a sobering implication here is that Italian women may have enjoyed greater gender equality in the 12th century than in the 20th.
Jacqueline Alio previously authored The Peoples of Sicily: A Multicultural Legacy. She is one of the few Sicilian historians known internationally.
Published by Trinacria Editions (New York), ISBN 9780991588602
Posted by Vincenzo Salerno at 7:03 AM