“Vucciria” is a typical popular area in the city of Palermo, in Sicily, south of Italy. In this area, every morning the people from Palermo and surroundings set up the food market of the city. This market reveals the inner nature of the people, the urban people as well as the ones coming from the country side, the fisherman and all type of characters you can find in a working-class area. This market indeed gave the inspiration to some Italian artists which wanted to represent a scene of the real life. “Vucciria” in fact is the name and the main topic of one of the most famous paint of the Italian Realism. The “Vucciria” paint made by Renato Guttuso shows the stands of the local food-market with the people both buying stuff and selling their products. Is a very famous paint of that artistic trend called Socialistic Realism. Anyway, walking on those narrow streets in the morning while the market is set up, is an experience anyone should live. But, on the other hand, it has to be said that those narrow streets, during the night, change their aspect. This neighborhood transforms itself into a place where to have a beer (or more than one), listen to music, dance, talk with and meet local people, and of course, to eat! (YES, in Sicily, you have to eat a lot! There you can find the best food in the world…According to my opinion….).
By the way, the point is that, going to this place is something amazing, but going there with a bunch of international researcher belonging to some of the best University in the “wastewater treatment field”, is a thousand time better! In fact, I had the chance to visit Palermo and therefore “Vucciria” due to the fact that I went to the Frontiers International Conference on Wastewater Treatment to give an oral presentation of my research. Palermo, with its markets, the churches, the food, the buildings, the mix of several cultures, is a wonderful city, but on top on that, the possibility of attending and presenting in a conference where some of the best scientists in the World are, was an unforgettable experience.