Old Tano Bongiorno loves talking about his home city of Palermo. In fact, I talk about it to anyone who will listen. I tell people all about our markets, the beaches, the nightlife and most important sights every visitor shouldn't miss. But so far, I've missed at least two important features of Sicily. This morning I was looking out through the window of our little … [Read more...] about Locals Say these are the 10 Best Pizzerias in Palermo
Saint Rosalia, also called "La Santuzza" in Sicily, is the patron saint of Palermo. Here I'll tell you a concise biography of Santa Rosalia and what is the "festinu" (feast of Saint Rosalia). No other woman is so beloved as Palermo's own Saint Rosalia. When you come to visit, you'll see her image everywhere you look. Of course, you'll find her in churches, but I'm … [Read more...] about The Feast of Saint Rosalia
This morning old Tano Bongiorno spent an hour reminiscing about my childhood visit to the Capuchin Catacombs. I understand the remains of some of my ancestors are down there. So then I thought I should tell you about this monastery, which has one of the world's most famous underground cemeteries right here in Palermo Sicily. I hope I don't make you shiver (and I'm not … [Read more...] about The World-Famous Capuchin Catacombs
Hello, everyone! Your Semi-Official guide and host, Don Tano is back with more interesting and informative — sometimes even controversial matters — that apparently concern tourists. You know, some people are afraid to come to our beautiful and ancient city because they have heard about the dread Mafia. In my discussions with tourists, some told me they're afraid to go … [Read more...] about Is Palermo a Safe Place to Visit?
Hey, today my good friend, baker Luigi Moscone, invited me, old Don Tano, to his bakery to talk to me about mentioning his delicious products on my Palermo blog. The bakery is just a little place, and considering how big (around the middle) Luigi is, I don’t see how he manages to work that wonderful antique oven without scorching his fabulous mustachios. But this … [Read more...] about What’s a Pezzo in Palermo?