A NEW ferry is operating between Genoa and Sicily. The Magnificat, which makes the crossing to Palermo in 19 hours, sails from Genoa on Mondays and Wednesdays at 7pm and on Saturdays at midday - returning on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 7pm. Further information from Grandi Navi Veloci, Via Fieschi 17, 16121 Genova, Italy.

The 38th Monreale Festival of Sacred Music takes place in Sicily from 27 October to 3 November. Highlight this year is a performance by the 'Polish nightingales' choir of trebles singing works by Penderecki.