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Sicily is a mountainous island ó an extension of the Apennine Mountains separated from the mainland by the Straits of Messina. Booking Hotels Piazza Armerina There are many reasons to visit Sicily: water sports, beaches of rock and sand (including black sand), natural beauty, good food and friendly people. Car Hire Milazzo Booking Hotels Piazza Armerina

Ironically, the earthquake that devastated the southeastern provinces in 1693 became the springboard for Sicily's most glorious period, the baroque. Self catering accommodation Cefalu 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. Erice Hotels 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. Booking Hotels Piazza Armerina. 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 Accomodation Sicily remained in Bourbon hands until 1861, when unification created the Kingdom of Italy.  

Begin your Sicilian odyssey in its capital city - Palermo. Booking Hotels Piazza Armerina 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. Cefalu Hotels Today Palermo has an air of faded grandeur and an unrivalled display of Norman art and architecture and Baroque churches. Booking Hotels Piazza Armerina. 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. Pozzallo Holiday Accommodation Donít miss the magnificent 12th century Norman cathedral at Monreale, 8 kilometres southwest of the city. Flats in Segesta The inside of the cathedral is covered in breathtakingly glittering mosaics.

The Aeolian Islands off the coast at Milazzo are well worth a visit. Booking Hotels Piazza Armerina Mentioned in Homerís 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 Piazza Armerina. The island of Lipari is the most developed. Flats in Licata Sample some of the islandís sweet white Malvasia wine while here. Head for Taormina Ė Sicilyís most picturesque town. Panarea 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 Piazza Armerina. The town was an important centre for trade and art through successive Roman, Norman, Spanish and French rules. Flats in Acitrezza

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