Arthur Frommer

April 17, 2011 12:00 AM

Arthur Frommer: Experience Sicily in a welcoming village

Born in Sicily, Carmelina Ricciardello moved at the age of 7 to Australia, where her father could obtain work. But 28 years later, the homesick Carmelina returned to her seaside village of Sant'Ambrogio, and later decided that the right type of tourism could revive the fortunes of her Sicilian hometown. (In the 1990s, young people had deserted Sicily in droves to seek a better life in Rome, Bologna and Milan, and the population of the aptly-named Sant'Ambrogio had dropped from 2,300 to just 500 people. Numerous ancient homes stood empty.)

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