Pane e poesia, a conca, the keys, the mule and much more


Testo in italiano


In this episode of the Cannolo Report:


Virna Chessari from Palermo

Pane e sfizi

A poetry


Out and about

Let’s take a nice walk in Sicily to discover its wonders

This is the natural reserve of Caporama, in Western Sicily: there is a tower from the 1400s, fossils from the Triassic period in the rocks, dwarf palm shrubs and a very blue sea!

Here instead we are in southern Sicily and this is one of the most beautiful archaeological museums in the world: that of Agrigento, the city of the Valley of the Temples!

And finally here we are in Acicastello where this castle still exists today built in the lava rock. Here we see it painted in 1776 by the traveler Jean Houel.



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Almanac of the past

On 05 December 1666, the musician Francesco Scarlatti, brother of the more famous Alessandro, was born in Palermo.

Ancient Folk Medicine: Ossa nisciuti d’u so sestu, or Luxation – Mix incense, egg yolk, flour and incense and put this compound in the luxation. And only God knows how, in a few days, everything miraculously falls into place!

The farmer’s advice (si ripete per tutto il mese): November

In this photo from the early 1900s, when there were no radiators, they warmed up sitting around the conca, that brazier full of coal that you see on the ground between these two elderly women intent on sewing, perhaps the kit for children or grandchildren. Behind, a wood-burning oven where bread, pizza and more were prepared.

In this photo from the end of the 1800s, here is this group of Sicilians posing with their party clothes on board the cart, the classic means of locomotion of Sicily once upon a time. Note the banks decorated with the scenes of the Opera dei Pupi, a beloved theatrical representation that saw as protagonists the Paladins of Charlemagne in perennial fight against the hated Saracens.


Next weeks in Sicily

Weather forecasts

The fruit seller

Slurp slurp … let’s see what the greengrocer propose this time

The fish seller

Slurp slurp … let’s see what the fishmonger propose this time

Feasts and events



This episode was broadcasted from Palermo (Sicilia)













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