Sicily Reading List

This summer I will visit Sicily for the first time! I am so excited; I’ve been to Italy several times, but never to this unique island. Here is what I’m watching and reading in preparation. Please comment with your recommendations!

  • Destination: Sicily [Parts Unknown]


  • The Women Who Took on the Mafia: Family loyalty made the Calabrian Mob strong, but its treatment of women was its undoing [The New Yorker]

  • How Not to Solve the Refugee Crisis: A case of mistaken identity put the wrong man in jail. Now it highlights the failure of prosecutions to tackle a humanitarian disaster [The New Yorker]

  • Books:

    • The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

    • The Odyssey translated by Emily Wilson

    • On Persephone’s Island: A Sicilian Journal by Mary Taylor Simeti

    • The Stone Boudoir: Travels Through the Hidden Villages of Sicily by Theresa Maggio

    • Midnight in Sicily by Peter Robb*

    • Modern Italy: A Very Short Introduction by Anna Cento Bull

    • Pasta, Pane, Vino: Deep Travels Through Italy’s Food Culture by Matt Goulding

*Note: I put this on the list before reading it, and have since decided I would not recommend the book. I left a review on Goodreads.