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The little known Aeolian Islands just of the northern coast of Sicily are an undiscovered delight, particularly if you're looking for peace and quiet surrounded by the pleasures of nature. Booking Hotels Noto The sea is deep blue, warm and clear, ideal for underwater swimming and fishing, accompanied by flying-fish, swordfish, turtles, sea-horses and hammerfish. Booking Hotels Noto. The islands are bathed in a limpid clear light, setting off the black volcanic pumice stone. Hostels in Lampedusa Vines are cultivated on the coastal strips and around the towns. Farmhouses in Solunto On the island of Vulcano bathe in its warm sea-water, heated by underground volcanic springs. Booking Hotels Noto. The active volcano on Stromboli offers a spectacular opportunity to observe lava flows and frequent noisy minor eruptions. Hostels in Messina Booking Hotels Noto

Palermo was founded by Phoenicians who sailed there from their native Carthage. Self catering accommodation Enna The Greeks colonized the whole island, leaving some of the most beautiful and best-preserved temples they ever built at Agrigento, Selinunte and Segesta. Booking Hotels Noto. Around those glorious sites they planted Sicily's first olive trees and grape vines. Last minute accommodation Lampedusa 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. Booking Hotels Noto. In Palermo, these groups were known as mafia. Booking Hotels Pozzallo  

A source of revenue for the Sicilian economy has been money sent home from migrants. Booking Hotels Noto 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. Booking Hotels Noto. Although far from home strong links bound Sicilian migrants to their families and communities in Sicily. Discount cheap lodging Catania 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. Egadi Islands Agriturismo It is hardly surprising that Sicily should exert its "pull" on its own people as it has done to many others in the past. Hotels Agrigento

Booking Hotels Noto 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. Siracusa Syracuse Accomodation 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. Booking Hotels Noto. 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. Piazza Armerina Accommodation Among the ancient Greek and Roman ruins on the island are the Taormina Greek theatre and San Domenico Monastery near Messina the Greek theater. Sciacca lodging 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. Booking Hotels Noto. It’s also possible to visit the Pantelleria Islands, the Pelagian Islands and the Aeolian Islands from Sicily. Nightlife Entertainment in Trapani There’s enough there to keep one busy for eight days.

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