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Napolitano a Salemi, Garibaldi
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Saturday, 08 May 2010 16:06

Tuesday 11th May : President Napolitano a Salemi, declared by Garibaldi in 1860 as the 1st capital of Italy .

Italian head of state, president Giorgio Napolitano will be visiting SALEMI during the celebrations of 150 years of a united Italy.

A short history lesson:

The process of the unification of Italy is known as the Italian Risorgimento. Back in 1860 in Italy there 4 states namely the Austrians in Venetia, the Papal States, the new expanded Kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia, and the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. In April 1860, separate insurrections began in Messina and Palermo in Sicily, both of which demonstrated a history of opposing Neapolitan rule. On May 6, 1860, Garibaldi and his cadre of about a thousand Italian “red shirts” volunteers (called I Mille), steamed from Quarto near Genoa, and after a stop in Talamone on May 11 landed near Marsala on the west coast of Sicily to “liberate” southern Italy and Sicily from the centuries old rule of the Bourbon kings from Spain.  Near Salemi, Garibaldi's army attracted scattered bands of rebels, and the combined forces defeated the opposing army at Calatafimi on May 13. Within three days, the invading force had swelled to 4,000 men. On May 14, Garibaldi proclaimed himself dictator of Sicily, in the name of Victor Emmanuel II of Italy. In less than a month, and against all odds, they had seized Palermo. The defeat of the 20,000-strong Bourbon army in Palermo sent a shiver up the spine of Italy and through the Bourbon monarchy in Naples, setting the stage for the unification of Italy and ultimately leading to the proclamation of the Kingdom of Italy (March 17, 1861) in Turin, Piedmonte.

The 150 year celebrations started this May 6th and will conclude next year 2011 with 150 years of the Kingdom of Italy. Even Ferrari has created a special logo which appears as from today on the F10s of Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso: the three stripes of the Italian flag placed over the dates 1861>2011 are the symbol of the inter-ministerial committee to celebrate the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of Italian Unity.

The head of State, President Giorgio Napolitano, was on the defensive when he travelled to Genoa this week to honour the Thousand. "To celebrate the unity of Italy is not a waste of time or money," he declared. He urged Italians to show "a stronger sense of Italy and of being Italian", following the leader of the The Northern League, Umberto Bossi’s comments calling the celebrations "useless things." The party's newspaper demanded rhetorically, "The unity of Italy – what's there to celebrate?" and described the birth of the unitary state as "contrary to nature and history."

The celebrations will follow the route of Garibaldi. Here in Sicily of particular interest was the THE GARIBALDI TALL SHIPS REGATTA 2010 from Genoa to Trapani.

In Salemi, Napolitano will be visiting on Tuesday 11th May to open the new town hall and new mafia museum which is planned to attract new mafia tourism to Salemi the town of the 1 euro house regeneration project.

Salemi bread festival
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Saturday, 20 March 2010 18:09

Le cene di San Giuseppe - Saint Joseph dinners

Thursday 18/3/10 - Sunday  28/3/10

The annual Salemi festival with hand crafted bread as the protaganist. The church altars, squares and shops exhibit their local production. Traditionally the dinners are offered to the poor children, nowadays it is a pleasant trip round Salemi, closed to the traffic. If you are in Sicily come and visit SAlemi. Read more here about the Salemi festival 

View the program of the weeks events here by clicking the image below "SAlemi san giuseppe programme".

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Salemi at BIT trade fair Milan
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Friday, 19 February 2010 00:54

The annual trade fair BIT-Borsa Internazionale del Tursimo : “International Tourism Exchange” takes place in Milan from 18-21 February 2010. For the first time Salemi will have a stand at the trade fair.

On Saturday 20th February at 15:30 Vittorio Sgarbi, the mayor of Salemi, will hold a press conference at BIT launching future cultural initiatives of Salemi including:

Local Salemi produce will be available for tasting at the stand.  

SAlemi Los Angeles Times
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Sunday, 21 February 2010 10:53

Salemi is discussed in the Los Angeles Times Travel section in 2 articles by Susan Spano.

Yesterday Spano wrote about travelling through Western Sicily and she discussed the Salemi 1 euro property offer.

Today she advises in the LA Times article the best way to Palermo airport (PMO) from Los Angeles Interenational airport (LAX) and places to stay and eat in Salemi.

Thats great publicity for SAlemi...thanks Susan and the LA Times.

Pirandello art exhibition
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Friday, 19 February 2010 00:45
Friday 19 February Vittorio Sgarbi, mayor of Salemi, will open the Pirandello exhibition in the Norman Castle in Piazza Alicia, Salemi at 18:00

Fausto Pirandello (1921-1972) is from Agrigento, Sicily and 50 pieces of his work will be on exhibition along with a photographic exhibition by Angelo Pitrone.

The artistic director of this exhibition is Giada Cantamessa.

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