The museum of Eliana, a castle, birds, Enna and much more


Testo in italiano


In this episode of the Cannolo Report:


The Museum Giuseppe Pitrè in Palermo

Our member Eliana Calandra introduces us in the Ethno-Antropological museum she is Director of.


Etna eruption

Etna is still erupting, rumbling and smoking!


Bench Siciliana: Ponte Cinque Archi (Five Arches bridge)

“I was born in Palermo, from a very large family, but when I was 5 my family set out, wandering here and there …



Out and about in Sicily

  • Cefalà Diana
  • Santuario Belici
  • Vendicari


Almanac of the past

On April 2, 1787 Goethe lands in Sicily and begins his journey on the island. He will give wonderful words for our land: Monte Pellegrino in Palermo he defines it as the most beautiful promontory in the world and, above all, he will say that Sicily is the key to understanding all of Italy.

On March 7, 1668, Tommaso Campailla was born. He was was a philosopher, doctor, politician, poet and teacher. His barrels for the treatment of various rheumatic diseases are very famous. These barrels were a sort of sauna based on mercury and incense. Even today they can be seen, together with other instruments used by Campailla, in a museum dedicated to him in the city of Modica.

In this exceptional video from the Luce Istitute of 1955, we are in Enna, the navel of Sicily at 1000 meters above sea level. Enna is located on top of a fortress and was an impregnable place in ancient times. You can see several beautiful architectural forms from the Gothic, to the Baroque to the Arab-Norman. Here we see women with the classic black veil coming out of a church. And here is the balcony of Sicily, another name for Enna from whose top dominate the wheat fields and the mountains of central Sicily, but you can also see the huge shape of Etna. And in the highest part of Enna there are the remains of the castle which is located where something has always been: a Sican or Greek or Roman temple, an Arab fortress …

Ancient folk medicine: Frostbite (aka Calluses) – Frostbite are produced from attassatu blood that is frozen blood. For its cure put roasted and very hot lemon leaves. Or pour your own urine on the frostbite or rub the pig’s penis. Another excellent method is to pass it on to another person by suddenly saying: “Vi vuliti accattari sti rosuli?” and the frostbite immediately passes to the other person. Finally, a girl who has frostbite can pass it on to another by knocking at her door. As soon as she says who is it, she replies “Rosuli!” and she runs away.

The farmer’s advice: in March, wheat is continued to be sown, especially in the mountains. Potatoes, beans, melons, peas, broad beans, pumpkins and lentils are planted.

In this beautiful photo from 1955 we are in Taormina and a Sicilian cart parades. Behind the wonderful Arab-Norman facade of Palazzo Corvaia.



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 (Sicily)









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