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Begin your Sicilian odyssey in its capital city - Palermo. Booking Hotels Sicily 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. Car Hire Caltanissetta Today Palermo has an air of faded grandeur and an unrivalled display of Norman art and architecture and Baroque churches. Booking Hotels Sicily. 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. Cheap hostels in Eolie Aeolian Islands Donít miss the magnificent 12th century Norman cathedral at Monreale, 8 kilometres southwest of the city. Trapani villas The inside of the cathedral is covered in breathtakingly glittering mosaics. Booking Hotels Sicily

Ironically, the earthquake that devastated the southeastern provinces in 1693 became the springboard for Sicily's most glorious period, the baroque. Messina Map 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. Discount cheap lodging Lipari 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 Sicily. 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. Nebrodi apartments Sicily remained in Bourbon hands until 1861, when unification created the Kingdom of Italy.  

Tourism is an important earner of foreign currency. Booking Hotels Sicily. 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. Discount accommodation Marsala Tours are available to visit Sicily's active volcanoes: Mount Etna, Europe's tallest volcano, and Stromboli, one of the Aeolian Islands. Booking Hotels Lipari 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. Cheap guesthouses Catania

From early times Sicily has been coveted for its fertile land and today Sicily still has a largely agricultural based economy. Booking Hotels Sicily. Its main products include wheat (hard wheat from Enna for bread and pasta), barley, corn, peppers, tomatoes, aubergines, courgettes, potatoes, grapes, figs, pears, peaches, La Ficurinnia or the fig of India (from the West Indies) and citrus fruits and almonds (introduced by the Arabs). Booking Hotels Sicily A sweet liquid called "manna" is produced in Castelbuono and Pollina. Self catering accommodation Eolie Aeolian Islands This is collected from a species of Ash tree. It solidifies and is used in cakes and sweets. Booking Hotels Sicily. Dairy produce includes a number of cheeses such as Ricotta, Pecorino Siciliano and Caciocavallo Ragusano. Caltanissetta Tours and Excursions The Sicilian fishing industry provides tuna, swordfish, sea bream, sardines, octopus, squid, prawns and mussels. Other industries include wine (for example, Donna Fugata, Regaleali, Malvasia and sweet Marsala), balsamic vinegar, olive oil, honey, bottled water (from Geraci), salt and other food processing. Segesta Map Sulphur mines in Caltanissetta have traditionally played a part in the Sicilian economy. Today chemicals and refined petroleum are modern Sicilian industries. Booking Hotels Sicily. The growth of transport companies and the modernisation of Sicily's road system have been essential to Sicily's industrial development. Lampedusa Holiday Flats Chief Sicilian ports are Catania, Messina and Palermo.

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