The Florio saga narrated in the novel The Lions of Sicily will be adapted for the small screen.


The project was initially announced in October 2019 by Tinny Andreatta , then director of Rai Fiction , at the MIA (Mercato Internazionale Audiovisivo) in Rome.

The series will be produced by Marco Belardi ‘s Lotus Production . Directed by the Roman Paolo Genovese , who had directed Freud’s all fault series for Prime Video .

The cast has not been revealed, nor the locations in which the series will be shot. Rumor has it that it will be available on the Disney Plus platform .

The books

Written by the Trapanese writer Stefania Auci, and published by the North Publishing House, they tell the story of the Florio family which ended with the second volume The winter of the lions.

The synopsis of the first novel:

There was a family that challenged the world. A family that has conquered everything. A family that has become a legend. This is his story. From the moment they landed in Palermo from Bagnara Calabra, in 1799, the Florio family looked forward, restless and ambitious, determined to reach higher than all. To be the richest, the most powerful.

And they succeed: in a short time, the brothers Paolo and Ignazio make their spice shop the best in the city, then start the sulfur trade, buy houses and land from the penniless Palermitan nobles, create their own shipping company …

And when Vincenzo, Paolo’s son, takes up Casa Florio, the impetus continues, unstoppable: in the Florio cellars, a poor man’s wine – marsala – is transformed into a nectar worthy of a king’s table; in Favignana, a revolutionary method to preserve tuna – in oil and in cans – relaunches its consumption …

In all of this, Palermo observes with amazement the expansion of the Florio family, but pride is dissolved in envy and contempt: those successful men still remain “foreigners”, “porters” whose “blood stinks of sweat”.

Palermo does not know that a burning desire for social redemption lies at the basis of the Florio’s ambition and marks their lives for better or for worse; that the men of the family are exceptional individuals but also fragile and – although they cannot admit it – they need to have equally exceptional women next to them: like Giuseppina, Paolo’s wife, who sacrifices everything – including love – for the stability of the family , or Giulia, the young Milanese who enters Vincenzo’s life like a whirlwind and becomes his safe haven, the unassailable rock.