Sicily uproar after parents boast of Cosa Nostra baptism

Sicilian authorities have removed a series of roadside billboards announcing a baptism celebration of a “Cosa Nostra” toddler after the mafia reference caused outrage in Italy. The roadside billboards around Catania often feature personal announcements, including anniversary announcements or a spouse apologising for their infidelity. But the “Cosa Nostra” poster for baby Antonio’s baptism celebrations hit a nerve among Italians […]

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Siracusa in Sicily could get one of Europe’s biggest luxury holiday resorts but residents aren't happy

The mayor of a picturesque coastal region in Sicily has become embroiled in a row with residents after he announced the council was considering plans to create one of Europe’s biggest luxury holiday complexes. Giancarlo Garozzo, mayor of Siracusa, is looking at a €120 million (£88 million) proposal for a resort complete with helicopter pad, cooking school and artificial lake, […]

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Sicily at Expo with social film

Sicily at Expo with social film. Public invited to contribute with videos, photos. The Siracusa tourism board is inviting the public to participate in the creation of a social film that will be shown at Expo Milan in Piazzetta Sicilia from September 19-21, through an initiative called “Sicily in Expo”. The idea is to promote and create awareness around Sicily through […]

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Sicily receives hundreds of migrants rescued from Mediterranean

Sicily has received some of the 719 people rescued from the Mediterranean on Saturday (August 15). Three operations were carried out, coordinated by the Italian Coast Guard. A group of 420 arrived in Augusta, in the south east of the island. A Civil Protection Officer described the situation: “They left from Alexandria, Egypt, ten days ago. They have arrived here […]

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Triton mission to reach 138 miles south of Sicily: 3 planes, 6 ships, 12 patrol boats, 2 helicopters

The operating range of the EU’s Triton patrol and rescue operation will be extended to 138 nautical miles south of Sicily, the Frontex border agency said Tuesday after the signing of a new mission remit with three times the original funding and resources. Three planes, six ships, 12 patrol boats and two helicopters will now be in use. The extended […]

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