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Sicily, the largest of the Mediterranean islands, lies between southern Italy and North Africa. Trapani Holiday Flats The island can be seen as a "stepping stone" between Europe and Africa. Agritourism in Palermo. 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 Palermo 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 Palermo. The island is divided into nine provinces: Agrigento, Caltanissetta, Catania, Enna, Messina, Palermo, Ragusa, Siracusa and Trapani. Nightlife Entertainment in Giarre Throughout history islands have been invaded by foreign powers. Hotels Licata 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. Agritourism in Palermo

A source of revenue for the Sicilian economy has been money sent home from migrants. Agritourism in Palermo 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. Agritourism in Palermo. Although far from home strong links bound Sicilian migrants to their families and communities in Sicily. Discount hotels Trapani 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. Houses to rent in Trapani It is hardly surprising that Sicily should exert its "pull" on its own people as it has done to many others in the past. Cheap flats in Catania  

From early times Sicily has been coveted for its fertile land and today Sicily still has a largely agricultural based economy. Agritourism in Palermo. 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 Palermo A sweet liquid called "manna" is produced in Castelbuono and Pollina. Booking Hotels Capo D Orlando This is collected from a species of Ash tree. It solidifies and is used in cakes and sweets. Agritourism in Palermo. Dairy produce includes a number of cheeses such as Ricotta, Pecorino Siciliano and Caciocavallo Ragusano. Hotels Pozzallo 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. Booking Hotels Eolie Aeolian Islands Sulphur mines in Caltanissetta have traditionally played a part in the Sicilian economy. Today chemicals and refined petroleum are modern Sicilian industries. Agritourism in Palermo. The growth of transport companies and the modernisation of Sicily's road system have been essential to Sicily's industrial development. Cars to rent Sicily Chief Sicilian ports are Catania, Messina and Palermo.

Over the centuries the Sicilians have valued a close family life with all its responsibilities. Agritourism in Palermo. In turn the Sicilian people have looked to themselves in the face of foreign occupation and imposed government. Camping and Caravan sites in Segesta Partly in response to invasion and colonisation a purely Sicilian hierarchy emerged. Agritourism in Palermo This became known as the Sicilian Mafia organised upon what can roughly be translated as "respect", "dignity" and "silence".

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