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Gay, centre-left, anti-mafia Rosario Crocetta voted governor of Sicily

Sicily's new centre-left governor, Rosario Crocetta, defeated former premier Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom party. Photo: AFP

A gay man who shrugged off three mafia plots to kill him is poised to become Sicily's first homosexual governor in elections that show the centre left advancing at the expense of Silvio Berlusconi's right-wing party.

Wednesday, 31 October, 2012, 3:34am

A quaffer you can't refuse

Sicilian wines used to be considered too syrupy or strong. But in the 1980s, excellent chardonnay was produced in Sicily. Subsequently, quality wines were made from nero d'avola and other indigenous grapes that match Sicily's rich and varied food perfectly.

18 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

A pizza history

The cuisine of Sicily, although unmistakably Italian in character, reflects a range of foreign influences stemming from trade and a history of foreign occupation.

18 Aug 2011 - 12:00am


For some, Sicily invokes images of James Gandolfini-like figures conducting mafiosi affairs worthy of a Soprano's episode. If Sicily has developed a reputation for survivalist business techniques, it's no wonder. Living on one of the Mediterranean's largest islands - and certainly one of its most central - the Sicilians have contended with marauding invaders for centuries.

6 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Impossible harmony

Before the 17th National Congress last month, a 'harmonious society' were the buzzwords in President Hu Jintao's administration. But the idea was more or less dropped at the meeting, in favour of 'the concept of scientific development'.

27 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

They're off and racing in the mean streets of Sicily

It's dawn in Sicily and the next illegal horse race is about to begin. The street is blocked. The sidewalks are crowded with noisy men holding fists full of money.

19 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Cosa Nostra - A History of the Sicilian Mafia

Cosa Nostra - A History of the Sicilian Mafia

by John Dickie

Hodder & Stoughton, HK$144

11 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

China expectant in Sicily

The fledgling China Team are poised to improve in the next pre-regatta of the Louis Vuitton challenger series for the America's Cup starting today in Trapani, Sicily, says team backer Wang Chao-yong.

Wang, who earlier announced China's maiden, $300 million bid for sport's oldest trophy, said the China Team could benefit from familiar waters and an upgraded boat.

28 Sep 2005 - 12:00am