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Capo D Orlando Hotels Tours are available to visit Sicily's active volcanoes: Mount Etna, Europe's tallest volcano, and Stromboli, one of the Aeolian Islands. Hostels in Sant Agata Militello Other places of interest are Madonie National Park, the Baroque towns of south-eastern Sicily, the Cathedral of Monreale, the Dorian Temple and Theatre at Segesta, the ancient Greek Theatre of Taormina, the ancient town of Syracuse and the archaeological area of Agrigento. Agrigento Agriturismo
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Sicily, the largest of the Mediterranean islands, lies between southern Italy and North Africa. Solunto Accommodation The island can be seen as a "stepping stone" between Europe and Africa. Agritourism in Catania. A beautiful, mountainous island, Sicily has been occupied by a series of migrants and invaders. These include the Greeks, Cathaginians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Angevins and Spaniards. In 1861 Sicily became part of Italy when Garibaldi united the Kingdom of Italy and the island. Agritourism in Catania Eighty-five years later Sicily achieved "relative independence". This means that although Sicily belongs to Italy it is responsible for much of its own local affairs. Agritourism in Catania. The island is divided into nine provinces: Agrigento, Caltanissetta, Catania, Enna, Messina, Palermo, Ragusa, Siracusa and Trapani. Taormina Hotels Throughout history islands have been invaded by foreign powers. Palermo Agriturismo However, Sicily's rugged terrain has provided its people with a degree of protection as many of its towns and villages are high in the mountains.
Begin your Sicilian odyssey in its capital city - Palermo. Agritourism in Catania 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. Discount hotels Ragusa Today Palermo has an air of faded grandeur and an unrivalled display of Norman art and architecture and Baroque churches. Agritourism in Catania. 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. Piazza Armerina apartments Donít miss the magnificent 12th century Norman cathedral at Monreale, 8 kilometres southwest of the city. Noto photos The inside of the cathedral is covered in breathtakingly glittering mosaics.
From early times Sicily has been coveted for its fertile land and today Sicily still has a largely agricultural based economy. Agritourism in Catania. 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). Agritourism in Catania A sweet liquid called "manna" is produced in Castelbuono and Pollina. Panarea Map This is collected from a species of Ash tree. It solidifies and is used in cakes and sweets. Agritourism in Catania. Dairy produce includes a number of cheeses such as Ricotta, Pecorino Siciliano and Caciocavallo Ragusano. Ragusa Villa Rentals 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. Egadi Islands Holiday Flats Sulphur mines in Caltanissetta have traditionally played a part in the Sicilian economy. Today chemicals and refined petroleum are modern Sicilian industries. Agritourism in Catania. The growth of transport companies and the modernisation of Sicily's road system have been essential to Sicily's industrial development. Hotel Reservations Siracusa Syracuse Chief Sicilian ports are Catania, Messina and Palermo.