Last time I shared some research I did I in relation to Hannah since Hannah’s Bliss is releasing in March, so this time, I wanted to give equal time to Rocco. Rocco was raised by his grandparents and they’re from Sicily. His Nonno or grandfather was from Catania and his Nonna or grandmother was from Palermo.
I'm part Sicilian myself. I still have family living there, although I've never visited. Maybe one day.
Sicily is a cultural hub that has a rich history spanning over centuries. It has sweeping scenery, breathtaking buildings, interesting architecture and a captivating community - and a completely different atmosphere than mainland Italy.
Sicily’s capital is Palermo
Palermo was elected as the European capital of street food by Forbes back in 2015, and has been named “the cultural capital of Italy” for 2018. Among the delicacies you can enjoy in Sicily are arancini (rice balls served with meat) and sfincione, a localised pizza, featuring tomato sauce, caciocavallo cheese, onions and anchovies.
Sicily is home to the largest opera house in Italy
Built in Palermo in 1897, the Teatro Massimo also features in a famous scene in The Godfather, Part Three.
Sicilians speak many languages
Along with Italian and Sicilian, other languages spoken on the island by significant populations include French, German, Arabic and Romanian.
Over four-fifths of the land in Sicily is hills and mountainous
The island is also home to a number of volcanoes, including the active Etna. For more information about Mount Etna.
The island of Sicily is 9927 square miles and is home to over five million people
If you were to travel from the east to the west, you could expect it to take roughly 3 and a half hours, while it takes around 2 and a half when travelling from north to south.
The sonnet first originated in Sicily
Most associated with the works of William Shakespeare, sonnets were in fact invented in the early 13th century by a poet from the Sicilian school of poetry, Giacoma da Lentini. They were made famous worldwide in the following century with works by poets such as Petrarca and Dante Alighieri.
Sicily is separated from the mainland by just 1.5 miles of water
There has been much discussion about connecting the two together with a suspension, though it has never come to fruition.
The island is surrounded by three different seas
The Tyrrhenian Sea, the Mediterranean Sea and the Ionian Sea
Many famous names throughout history have hailed from Sicily
They include the mathematician Archimedes, Domenico Dolce, one half of the iconic fashion house Dolce and Gabbana, and musician and composer Vincenzo Bellini.
The island has been ruled over by many ancient civilizations
Over the years, Sicily has been in the possession of several groups including the Romans, Vandals and Ostrogoths, Islam and Byzantine. However, it has also experienced periods of independence under the Greeks.
Courtesy of https://www.essentialitaly.co.uk
I'll keep you updated on the progress of the upcoming release.
If you haven't picked up a copy of On the Ropes (purchase links) or The Warrior's Whisper (purchase links) yet, make sure you're caught up on the story line before Hannah's Bliss is released.