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The islands are bathed in a limpid clear light, setting off the black volcanic pumice stone. Erice Map Vines are cultivated on the coastal strips and around the towns. Sicily lodging On the island of Vulcano bathe in its warm sea-water, heated by underground volcanic springs. Booking Hotels Palermo. The active volcano on Stromboli offers a spectacular opportunity to observe lava flows and frequent noisy minor eruptions. Siracusa Syracuse villas
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Tourism is an important earner of foreign currency. Booking Hotels Palermo. 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. Marsala Agriturismo Tours are available to visit Sicily's active volcanoes: Mount Etna, Europe's tallest volcano, and Stromboli, one of the Aeolian Islands. Ragusa Accommodation 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. Nebrodi weather forecast
The Aeolian Islands off the coast at Milazzo are well worth a visit. Booking Hotels Palermo Mentioned in Homer’s Odyssey and thought to be the home of Aeolus (the god of the wind) by the ancient Greeks, they offer spectacular volcanic scenery and fine beaches. Booking Hotels Palermo. The island of Lipari is the most developed. Discount accommodation Marsala Sample some of the island’s sweet white Malvasia wine while here. Head for Taormina – Sicily’s most picturesque town. Cefalu villas Its magnificent setting on a terrace of Monte Tauro overlooking the sea and its views of Mt Etna have long made it a top tourist destination. Booking Hotels Palermo. The town was an important centre for trade and art through successive Roman, Norman, Spanish and French rules. Self catering accommodation Marsala
Mt Etna, the largest volcano in Europe and one of the most active in the world, lies south of Taormina. Cheap accommodation in Capo D Orlando You are permitted to climb up to 2900m. Booking Hotels Palermo. A rope marks the spot where the volcano’s unpredictability makes it unsafe to go any further. Further south, the town of Syracuse was once a very powerful Greek city. Self catering accommodation Giardini Naxos Check out the medieval buildings on the island of Ortigia which lies in the centre of town. Don’t miss the 5th century Teatro Greco – a masterpiece hewn out of rock with a seating capacity for 16,000 people. Ustica lodging The five Doric temples in the town of Agrigento are also well worth a visit. They are the most well preserved of Sicily’s Greek ruins and are truly spectacular.