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For touring the island can be roughly divided into the north-shore and south-shore areas. Cheap guesthouses Marsala The north shore has reefs, olive groves, secluded coves and countless seaside resorts including Cefalu, a gorgeous Arab-Norman city with good beaches. Agritourism in Solunto. West of center of the north coast is Palermo the ancient capital and the islandís largest city. Be sure to visit the central market and 12th-century Monreale Cathedral which is 6 mi/8 km west of town (it has impressive biblical mosaics). Sicily Airport About 50 mi/80 km west of Palermo lies the ancient village of Erice atop a mountain: It still has remains of a temple dedicated to Venus. Agritourism in Solunto. The southern coast has an even milder climate so thereís swimming most of the year (although it can get cold there between November and March). Lampedusa Holiday Accommodation Agritourism in Solunto

Palermo was founded by Phoenicians who sailed there from their native Carthage. Piazza Armerina lodging 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 Solunto. Around those glorious sites they planted Sicily's first olive trees and grape vines. Houses to rent in Pozzallo 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 Solunto. In Palermo, these groups were known as mafia. Eolie Aeolian Islands Accomodation  

Tourism is an important earner of foreign currency. Agritourism in Solunto. There are many castles and churches in Sicily to attract the tourist and important towns such as Taormina and Cefalu thrive on the tourist industry. Cheap guesthouses Lampedusa Tours are available to visit Sicily's active volcanoes: Mount Etna, Europe's tallest volcano, and Stromboli, one of the Aeolian Islands. Camping and Caravan sites in Acitrezza 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. Discount hotels Siracusa Syracuse

Sicily, the largest of the Mediterranean islands, lies between southern Italy and North Africa. Segesta lodging The island can be seen as a "stepping stone" between Europe and Africa. Agritourism in Solunto. 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 Solunto 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 Solunto. The island is divided into nine provinces: Agrigento, Caltanissetta, Catania, Enna, Messina, Palermo, Ragusa, Siracusa and Trapani. Last minute accommodation Sciacca Throughout history islands have been invaded by foreign powers. Farmhouses in Ustica 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.

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