A Cry from the Street in Sicily

February 1, 2012

Buscemi, Sicily.

Who is crying? And why?

Please leave a comment if you have a hunch and I will in return leave you a happy face if you’re close.



Click to subscribe to BaroqueSicily.

43 comments to A Cry from the Street in Sicily

  • Oh Jann, listening to this gentleman call out, I was reminded of an elderly gentleman who would push his bicycle through the village, calling out that he sharpened knifes. I was smiling as I thought this is the way they peddle their craft. I loved, loved your exchange in Italian! Brava! 🙂

    • The knife sharpening gentleman was in Spain. I forgot to include that. And I also forgot to petition more of these videos–so full of character, life, and typical of la Bella Italia!

  • I have no idea, but I loved seeing his expressions and hearing your Sicilian. That was fun!!! Do more of those. Loved it.

  • John Schinina

    “DA’ I feel stupid,

    • Jann

      Hey, John–how would you know? 🙂 I’ve been in Sicily for ages and still can’t figure out what the hawkers are yelling.

  • Well, I understood what you said! It was in italian! I only understood that he was talking about onions and beans. He certainly was cute, though. Love the things you find and share.

  • ian henry

    Hi Jann hope you are well,not sure if i am doing this correct! having bought a vineyard/olive grove in the countryside near chiramonte after falling in love with the area and its people,after 18 month the 14th century farm house is now nearly restord.It was a pleasure to stumble across your site and i have enjoyed re visiting lots of the areas we have spent time in.Not back until end of feb but cannot wait.
    Is your man telling his sicilian friends that the airport at comiso is opening in march!!
    Keep up the good work.

    • Jann

      Ciao Ian–Welcome to this blog and Southeast Sicily! How exciting your new life sounds. It would be fun to introduce you to people I know in Chiaramonte, so stay in touch.

  • Joanne Trentini


  • Maria Clayton

    Ciao Jann all the way from Valentine, in New South Wales, Australia. My brother and I who visited Castiglione-Sicily in 1980 would often see roving vendors with their vegie-ladened donkey in toe and after a long day of harvesting, crying out to all the housewives in the village “cippodi di Mitoggio”(like the gentleman in your video). We think that he says “nocciddi,e pidgiati fassoli,cippodi, chi vogli cippodi, ti apro na bossa di chippodi!”-translated: hazelnuts, and get ya beans, onions, who ever wants onions, I will open a bag of onions!And then you cut in with your super sexy italian Jann, sooooo sofisticated…I love it!!Keep the great blogs rolling in! Ciao Jann from Maria XXXXX

    • Jann

      Maria–thank you for this!!! How cute–he was reciting a kind of street poetry in Sicilian.(And to resolve a question some of us had earlier, “fassoli” means beans in Sicilian.) My next task has to be learning Sicilian… Mille grazie.

  • catherine billups

    My favorite onions from Giarratana. Wish I were there to buy some.

  • Ha! Lentils, beans, chickpeas, fava beans, onions. Amashee a wucceria a’catta’ na cocchia de tacc’de puorc, ca cra lamma arrosta sopa a’ cravunedd! Translate that!!

    • Jann

      🙂 Sandra–is that the dialect in your region??????? “Wucceria” looks like the Palermo market “Vucceria” but I have no idea what any of it means! (maybe “arrosta sopa…” means “roasted upon…” ????

  • Margo Chavez

    Hi Jann, I understood cipolle…onions and what sounded like something related to lentils. But then it sounded like he reverted to Spanish and was announcing “posole”…has he been to New Mexico?

    • Jann

      🙂 Yes, Margo, you got the onions and lentils and then there were “fagioli”–beans, but you’re right–there was definitely something like our New Mexican POSOLE 🙂 (or fasole???) Is that Sicilian for fagioli??? You see, the minute I started talking to him, he spoke Italian (not sure if it was completely standard) but when he was yelling it was Sicilian. I sure hope someone reading this can set me straight.

  • —Oh, He is soooo Sweet.

    I LOVE hearing both of you talking in that oh-so-sexy Italian accent.


    —Is he asking your for a date? I think he is def flirting w/ our lovely Jann!xx

    • Jann

      🙂 Kim, you’re a sweetie to say my accent is sexy–it’s really horrid, and I didn’t realize how horrid until I heard this video!! Ha, ha, where do you think this man would take me on a date? To his onion field?

  • Michelle Relae

    I believe that is the Sicilian, Jann! Always a double d for a double L!!!

  • oooooooo this put a huge smile on my face!!! Lentils, beans and onions!!!! How do we preserve these precious gems, people and dialects forever?????? (this little video is a good start!) Thank you Jann! ah how I wish I was there with you!

    • Jann

      🙂 You got it, Liana Sofia!!
      I don’t ever want these roving vendors to go away–I’m so afraid they’ll go the way of milkmen in the US…and let’s hope the endangered Sicilian language stays alive…

  • Cathy

    I don’t know what he’s saying, but I’d give him a hug anyway 🙂 He has a lovely smile….

  • Nancy

    I love the way they go through the streets vending their wares. I tried videoing a guy going through town in a truck with a loudspeaker and when he saw me he quit talking. He didn’t want to be on camera I guess

  • Nancy

    I’d say onions also

  • John

    Hey, he looks like that guy that comes by our door every few days selling onions. Cold and wet here today, better tomorrow Jann.

  • Tom

    I’m thinking he’s calling to his dear departed wife.

  • Michelle Relae

    Onions? Honestly, I could not understand him!

  • John Schinina

    I give up, but I’m very curious,please answer soon. Just kidding

  • Sam

    He’s bemoaning the proliferation of foreign photographers clogging his streets. Am I the first to get it right?

Site Meter BlogItalia.it - La directory italiana dei blog