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Sicily is a mountainous island — an extension of the Apennine Mountains separated from the mainland by the Straits of Messina. Calendar of events in Marsala There are many reasons to visit Sicily: water sports, beaches of rock and sand (including black sand), natural beauty, good food and friendly people. Places of interest in Acireale Calendar of events in Marsala

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean and occupies a strategic position at the toe of Italy. Calendar of events in Marsala The island has long been a magnet for invaders - all of whom have left their mark. Cheap flats in Sicily Greek temples, Roman ruins, Norman castles and Byzantine domes. Calendar of events in Marsala. Visiting these relics of the past, swimming off the island’s beautiful golden beaches, marvelling at Mt Etna – Europe’s largest live volcano – and sampling first-rate seafood are all part of the Sicilian experience. Calendar of events in Marsala. City of Catania. Taormina Tours and Excursions Situated at the mountain slope of Etna and to the center of a fertile lowland cultivated to citrus fruit, it was occupied from the Cartaginesi versus 700 B.C. Acitrezza photos Then it was under the dominion of Siracusa and conquered from Dionigi and from the Cartaginesi then, finally by the Romans in the 263 B.C. Egadi Islands Hotels Subsequently conquered from the Normanni was destroyed in 1693 from a terrible earthquake. Calendar of events in Marsala. We find it again today, like commercial heart of the Isle with its splendid and attractive baroque.  

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. Panarea Holiday Accommodation And today it's still a land of fire and passion. Calendar of events in Marsala. 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. Calendar of events in Marsala. In ancient times, Sicily was covered with extremely rich farmland, whose copious wheat harvests fed virtually the entire western part of the Roman Empire. Calendar of events in Marsala 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. Booking Hotels Cefalu Like much of southern Italy, Sicily has been the ground upon which the boots of Western civilization have trod. Lampedusa Car Hire

For touring the island can be roughly divided into the north-shore and south-shore areas. Giarre Car Hire The north shore has reefs, olive groves, secluded coves and countless seaside resorts including Cefalu, a gorgeous Arab-Norman city with good beaches. Calendar of events in Marsala. West of center of the north coast is Palermo the ancient capital and the island’s largest city. Be sure to visit the central market and 12th-century Monreale Cathedral which is 6 mi/8 km west of town (it has impressive biblical mosaics). Acireale photos About 50 mi/80 km west of Palermo lies the ancient village of Erice atop a mountain: It still has remains of a temple dedicated to Venus. Calendar of events in Marsala. The southern coast has an even milder climate so there’s swimming most of the year (although it can get cold there between November and March). Camping and Caravan sites in Solunto

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