It’s been twenty years since I last saw my Sicilian cousins, so when Cousin Franco invited me up from Palermo to their mountainside village, I jumped at the chance to see Polizzi Generosa.
Sicily boasts some big mountains around the island, and the one just outside of town even has a small ski area, Piano Battaglia. Franco and his girlfriend Simone took me on a tour of the hills during this incredible sunset.
On Sunday, I participated in the ancient custom of slowly wandering the main street from one end of the village to the other and back again, each time stopping for an espresso or a light snack. Franco knew just about everyone we passed, including his Uncle Pino, who I hadn’t seen since 1998, and my cousin Lorena, who I had never met. Polizzi Generosa seems to have a church on every corner. We saw all of them.
Having worked up an appetite, Franco’s mother, Lucia, cooked up a massive Sunday dinner, and his father Salvatore filled me up with homemade wine. My other cousin maria stopped by for dessert with a gigantic tray of cannoli — pretty much the perfect Sunday, and for someone who’s been on the road for the better part of the year, one of the highlights of my trip.