Faces of Sicily

May 26, 2011

Four Sicilians, copyright Jann Huizenga

Sicilian Couple, copyright Jann Huizenga

Sicilian Angel-Devil, copyright Jann Huizenga

Sicilian Man with Wine, copyright Jann HuizengaSicilian Women, copyright Jann HuizengaSicilian Man with Melon, copyright Jann Huizenga

Sicilian Women, copyright Jann HuizengaSicilian Men in Coppole, copyright Jann HuizengaTwo Men in Acate, Sicily, copyright Jann Huizenga Two Sicilian Men in Suits, copyright Jann Huizenga




Thanks to Charles for this idea and title.

Do you have a favorite Sicilian face? Send me the photo and I’ll post it here. (Click on “Contact” and I’ll tell you how to get it to me.)

Lucy's favorite Sicilian face, her dad


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"Waiting for a Friend" by photographer Diana Ruff




Art class in Ortygia (Siracusa) by Michelle Reale






26 comments to Faces of Sicily

  • I have to say with my sister Lucy , Our Papa has a magnificent Silian face!

  • Sicilians certainly do have style, don’t they? So much personality comes through in your photos. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • May

    Fantastic photos, Jann!

  • Sam

    These people are smiling because you’re good at telling jokes in Italian?

  • Fantastic photos! Absolutely the true essence of Sicilia! Great job!

  • Jann, I love this post! How wonderful to see the true character of the Sicilian faces! My favorite is the last one. Can those guys in suits look any cooler! You’ve got to love a man who can pull off a lavender shirt and tie with this much panache! Viva Sicilia! 🙂

    • Jann

      Ah, yes, Sicilian men are peacocks, full of panache. Let me second you on that: VIVA SICILIA!

  • Josephine

    I was sorry to see that you were hospitalized Jann and I hope you are now fully recovered. Auguri.
    I loved looking at other Sicilian faces besides my own. Your photography is wonderful and it truly captures the local color. Sei proprio brava! Complimenti!

  • Jan Walcott


    It makes my day when there is a new post! I will take a picture of my “professeressa”, Gilma, as she is truly Sicilian and a bautiful woman both inside and out! Hope your health is back to normal!! Hope your weather is better than our 46 degrees F with tons of rain and wind here in Chicago! We don’t see any halter tops or sleeveless dresses at this point!

    Jan Walcott

    • Jann

      Oh, 46 degrees??? Brrr! Actually, spring here has been unseasonably chilly here–though by that I mean in the high 60s–with quite a bit of rain, too, but the warm days seem to have finally arrived. Thanks for your sweet comment, Jan.

  • Emalene

    Love your ability to capture the essence of the Sicilian personality in your photos. Also hope your back to good help and was reassured with your hospital experience in Italy.
    My husband Frank, our family picture taker loves your photos

  • catherine Billups

    wonderful and you even managed to include the purple shirt and tie.

    • Jann

      Yes, that purple just won’t go away. I finally succumbed and bought (last year’s) lilac boots on sale.

  • Everyone looks so happy – must be because your beautiful face is what they’re looking at!

    • Jann

      Aysha–flattery will get you everywhere! But it has nothing to do with me–Sicilians are just a smiley people.

  • Michelle Relae

    Hey Jann,
    Can I send you a picture? I have some great Sicilian photos of faces! 🙂

    • Jann

      Hi Michelle, did you get my email about how to send me a photo? I’d love to post one of yours!

  • Fantastic “snap” of your varied Sicilian world. Thanks for the faces.

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