About Our Sicilian Heritage
Sciara, (my family's original home town), is a municipality in the Province of
Palermo in the Italian region known as Sicily. Sciara is a small farming town which mainly harvests tomatoes, artichokes and olives. Palermo
is Sicily's cultural, touristic, and economic capital. The city is also rich in art, history, music and food. Palermo attracts a significant
amount of tourists each year and is widely known for its colorful fruit, vegetable and fish market, known as Vucciria. The patron saint of Palermo is
Saint Rosalia, whose feast day is celebrated in July of each year.
Palermo Cathedral is the city's cathedral and main church. It is characterized by the
presence of different architectural styles, due to a long history of restorations, and additions to the cathedral. Aside
from many churches, Palermo has beautiful palaces and musuems that are full of beauty and wonder. Palazzo dei Normanni, one
of the most beautiful Italian palaces, is the gathering place for the Sicilian Regional Assembly. The Museo Archaelogico Regionale is the main musuem of
Italy, and house remains from a variety of civilizations.
Classic opera houses, such as the Teatro Massimo, are actively in use. Beautiful beaches are also part of the greatness that
grace the city of Palermo and its bordering land. Right outside of Palermo lies Mondello beach, known for its beauty, warm winds and breathtaking views.
Palermo truly embodies a city of history, family cultural experiences, and attractions that can spark the most adventurous of souls. I am honored
and proud to have my family roots in Palermo.
Andrew (Owner/Head Chef of LaMonica's Salumeria)