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Palermo was founded by Phoenicians who sailed there from their native Carthage. Trapani Agriturismo The Greeks colonized the whole island, leaving some of the most beautiful and best-preserved temples they ever built at Agrigento, Selinunte and Segesta. Acitrezza Hotels. Around those glorious sites they planted Sicily's first olive trees and grape vines. Egadi Islands Tours and Excursions Traces of the Roman period in Sicily can be found in the amphitheatres at Taormina and Siracusa, as well as in that city's Christian catacombs. But perhaps Rome's most lasting (and infamous) contribution to the island came in fostering the great land ownerships which eventually impoverished the peasantry and led, many centuries later, to the founding of secret societies aimed at destroying the fabulously wealthy landlords. Acitrezza Hotels. In Palermo, these groups were known as mafia. Milazzo Agriturismo Acitrezza Hotels

Acitrezza Hotels Heavily bombed during World War Two, shaken again in 1968 by another earthquake, ravaged in recent decades by organized crime, Sicily remains what it has always been. Car Hire Panarea A spectacular land of rugged mountains, golden wheat fields and rocky coasts inhabited by a fiercely independent people who bring passion to everything they do, be it a religious celebration or a holiday dinner. Car Hire Erice  

A source of revenue for the Sicilian economy has been money sent home from migrants. Acitrezza Hotels Like many Europeans, in the nineteenth century and early twentieth century, a number of Sicilians migrated to countries such as the USA in search of work. Acitrezza Hotels. Although far from home strong links bound Sicilian migrants to their families and communities in Sicily. Calendar of events in Acitrezza In fact, today, some Sicilian Americans are thinking of returning to their roots and small complexes of retirement houses are being constructed for American Sicilians. Farmhouses in Noto It is hardly surprising that Sicily should exert its "pull" on its own people as it has done to many others in the past. Erice photos

From early times Sicily has been coveted for its fertile land and today Sicily still has a largely agricultural based economy. Acitrezza Hotels. Its main products include wheat (hard wheat from Enna for bread and pasta), barley, corn, peppers, tomatoes, aubergines, courgettes, potatoes, grapes, figs, pears, peaches, La Ficurinnia or the fig of India (from the West Indies) and citrus fruits and almonds (introduced by the Arabs). Acitrezza Hotels A sweet liquid called "manna" is produced in Castelbuono and Pollina. Panarea Holiday Accommodation This is collected from a species of Ash tree. It solidifies and is used in cakes and sweets. Acitrezza Hotels. Dairy produce includes a number of cheeses such as Ricotta, Pecorino Siciliano and Caciocavallo Ragusano. Hostels in Acireale The Sicilian fishing industry provides tuna, swordfish, sea bream, sardines, octopus, squid, prawns and mussels. Other industries include wine (for example, Donna Fugata, Regaleali, Malvasia and sweet Marsala), balsamic vinegar, olive oil, honey, bottled water (from Geraci), salt and other food processing. Tourist Information office centre Sciacca Sulphur mines in Caltanissetta have traditionally played a part in the Sicilian economy. Today chemicals and refined petroleum are modern Sicilian industries. Acitrezza Hotels. The growth of transport companies and the modernisation of Sicily's road system have been essential to Sicily's industrial development. Lampedusa photos Chief Sicilian ports are Catania, Messina and Palermo.

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