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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 Ustica 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 Ustica. The islands are bathed in a limpid clear light, setting off the black volcanic pumice stone. Cheap guesthouses Ustica Vines are cultivated on the coastal strips and around the towns. Camping and Caravan sites in Agrigento On the island of Vulcano bathe in its warm sea-water, heated by underground volcanic springs. Booking Hotels Ustica. The active volcano on Stromboli offers a spectacular opportunity to observe lava flows and frequent noisy minor eruptions. Calendar of events in Catania Booking Hotels Ustica

Palermo was founded by Phoenicians who sailed there from their native Carthage. Ustica Villa Rentals 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 Ustica. Around those glorious sites they planted Sicily's first olive trees and grape vines. Nightlife Entertainment in Cefalu 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 Ustica. In Palermo, these groups were known as mafia. Farmhouses in Messina  

A source of revenue for the Sicilian economy has been money sent home from migrants. Booking Hotels Ustica 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 Ustica. Although far from home strong links bound Sicilian migrants to their families and communities in Sicily. Catania Map 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. Cheap accommodation in Acireale It is hardly surprising that Sicily should exert its "pull" on its own people as it has done to many others in the past. Car Hire Cefalu

Sicily was chosen by the Gods of Olympus as the scene of their stories of love and hatred, of passion and revenge, of sudden wrath and deep compassion. Discount accommodation Caltanissetta And today it's still a land of fire and passion. Booking Hotels Ustica. It's also a land of great beauty and contrast, not least the contrast between what the local politicians say they'll do with the money, and what eventually ends up getting built/maintained/improved. Booking Hotels Ustica. In ancient times, Sicily was covered with extremely rich farmland, whose copious wheat harvests fed virtually the entire western part of the Roman Empire. Booking Hotels Ustica Its thick forests were renowned, but the Romans plundered them to build their great naval fleets and the myriad wooden homes that fueled Nero's infamous fire. Camping and Caravan sites in Licata Like much of southern Italy, Sicily has been the ground upon which the boots of Western civilization have trod. Cheap accommodation in Agrigento

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