The emigration of people from Sicily often overshadows the importance of the people who immigrated to the island through the centuries. These have included several who became Sicily's rulers, along with Jews, Ligurians, Albanians, Greeks, Vandals, Goths, Muslims, Hohenstaufens, Spaniards and Bourbons, all of who have left lasting influences on the island's culture and architecture. This unique book is as essential as it is enjoyable, aimed at tourists, armchair travellers and historians alike.
Sandra Benjamin was born in Troy, New York, and moved to New York City when she was sixteen. Eleven years ago she published The World of Benjamin of Tudela: A Medieval MediterraneanTravelogue. Since then she has spent much of her time in Sicily. Always fascinated by the varied ethnic groups of New York City, she was similarly attracted by the diversity of peoples who became part of the fabric of Sicily.