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Palermo was founded by Phoenicians who sailed there from their native Carthage. Cheap Erice Hotels The Greeks colonized the whole island, leaving some of the most beautiful and best-preserved temples they ever built at Agrigento, Selinunte and Segesta. Agrigento Holiday Flats. Around those glorious sites they planted Sicily's first olive trees and grape vines. Last minute accommodation Agrigento 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. Agrigento Holiday Flats. In Palermo, these groups were known as mafia. Trapani Tours and Excursions Agrigento Holiday Flats

Agrigento Holiday Flats 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. Acitrezza Tours and Excursions 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. Cheap guesthouses Giardini Naxos  

Begin your Sicilian odyssey in its capital city - Palermo. Agrigento Holiday Flats Spectacularly situated along a wide sweep of bay at the foot of Monte Pellegrino, Palermo was the wealthiest and most magnificent city in Europe in the 12th century. Houses to rent in Piazza Armerina Today Palermo has an air of faded grandeur and an unrivalled display of Norman art and architecture and Baroque churches. Agrigento Holiday Flats. Stroll along the Via Roma and Via Maqueda in the heart of the old town and get a sense of what Palermo is all about. Cheap Catania Hotels Donít miss the magnificent 12th century Norman cathedral at Monreale, 8 kilometres southwest of the city. Nightlife Entertainment in Taormina The inside of the cathedral is covered in breathtakingly glittering mosaics.

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