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Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean and occupies a strategic position at the toe of Italy. Booking Hotels Eolie Aeolian Islands The island has long been a magnet for invaders - all of whom have left their mark. Siracusa Syracuse apartments Greek temples, Roman ruins, Norman castles and Byzantine domes. Booking Hotels Eolie Aeolian Islands. Visiting these relics of the past, swimming off the island’s beautiful golden beaches, marvelling at Mt Etna – Europe’s largest live volcano – and sampling first-rate seafood are all part of the Sicilian experience. Booking Hotels Eolie Aeolian Islands. City of Catania. Cheap hostels in Capo D Orlando Situated at the mountain slope of Etna and to the center of a fertile lowland cultivated to citrus fruit, it was occupied from the Cartaginesi versus 700 B.C. Agritourism in Palermo Then it was under the dominion of Siracusa and conquered from Dionigi and from the Cartaginesi then, finally by the Romans in the 263 B.C. Messina Hotels Subsequently conquered from the Normanni was destroyed in 1693 from a terrible earthquake. Booking Hotels Eolie Aeolian Islands. We find it again today, like commercial heart of the Isle with its splendid and attractive baroque. Booking Hotels Eolie Aeolian Islands

Sicily, the largest of the Mediterranean islands, lies between southern Italy and North Africa. Booking Hotels Caltanissetta The island can be seen as a "stepping stone" between Europe and Africa. Booking Hotels Eolie Aeolian Islands. 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. Booking Hotels Eolie Aeolian Islands 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. Booking Hotels Eolie Aeolian Islands. The island is divided into nine provinces: Agrigento, Caltanissetta, Catania, Enna, Messina, Palermo, Ragusa, Siracusa and Trapani. Booking Hotels Egadi Islands Throughout history islands have been invaded by foreign powers. Houses to rent in Siracusa Syracuse 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.  

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

Begin your Sicilian odyssey in its capital city - Palermo. Booking Hotels Eolie Aeolian Islands 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. Booking Hotels Noto Today Palermo has an air of faded grandeur and an unrivalled display of Norman art and architecture and Baroque churches. Booking Hotels Eolie Aeolian Islands. 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. Hotels Acireale Don’t miss the magnificent 12th century Norman cathedral at Monreale, 8 kilometres southwest of the city. Giarre Map The inside of the cathedral is covered in breathtakingly glittering mosaics.

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