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

Palermo was founded by Phoenicians who sailed there from their native Carthage. Segesta Accomodation The Greeks colonized the whole island, leaving some of the most beautiful and best-preserved temples they ever built at Agrigento, Selinunte and Segesta. Agritourism in Ragusa. Around those glorious sites they planted Sicily's first olive trees and grape vines. Information about Siracusa Syracuse 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. Agritourism in Ragusa. In Palermo, these groups were known as mafia. Ustica Agriturismo  

Agritourism in Ragusa Among the areas not to be missed are Agrigento (to see the Valley of the Temples); Acireale (to see puppets); Taormina (a unique beautiful town perched on cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean); and Mt. Etna (10 902 ft/3 323 m) an active volcano on the east coast—its crater is difficult to reach so bring a guide and dress warmly. Milazzo lodging In April 1987 two people were killed when Mt. Etna erupted. Although it can erupt at any time — most recently in January 1992 — deadly incidents aren’t common. Agritourism in Ragusa. There’s good winter skiing with great ocean views from the mountain; drive the 120 mi/200 km around its base to see a wide variety of scenery. Tourist Information office centre Giarre Among the ancient Greek and Roman ruins on the island are the Taormina Greek theatre and San Domenico Monastery near Messina the Greek theater. Piazza Armerina Villa Rentals In Syracuse the 5th-century BC Temple of Concord in Agrigento and the Casale Armerina (a jewel of a Roman villa with wonderful mosaics) in the town of Piazza Armerina near Enna. Agritourism in Ragusa. It’s also possible to visit the Pantelleria Islands, the Pelagian Islands and the Aeolian Islands from Sicily. Cefalu Hotels There’s enough there to keep one busy for eight days.

Ironically, the earthquake that devastated the southeastern provinces in 1693 became the springboard for Sicily's most glorious period, the baroque. Giarre Agriturismo It gleams in the cities and towns of Palermo, Catania, Siracusa, Ragusa, Noto, Comiso, Scicli and dozens more, all of which had to be rebuilt from the ground up. Discount cheap lodging Nebrodi After the Aragonese, Sicily passed briefly into the hands of the Austrians, to be willingly rescued in 1734 by the Bourbons of Spain, whose throne was actually located in Naples. Agritourism in Ragusa. During one forced exile in Palermo, the Bourbon king Ferdinand's wife Maria Carolina (sister of Marie Antoinette) built La Favorita. , A magnificent refuge in which to hide from the subjects she thoroughly loathed. Erice villas Sicily remained in Bourbon hands until 1861, when unification created the Kingdom of Italy.

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