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Palermo was founded by Phoenicians who sailed there from their native Carthage. Tourist attractions in Catania The Greeks colonized the whole island, leaving some of the most beautiful and best-preserved temples they ever built at Agrigento, Selinunte and Segesta. Calendar of events in Trapani. Around those glorious sites they planted Sicily's first olive trees and grape vines. Sicily photos 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. Calendar of events in Trapani. In Palermo, these groups were known as mafia. Farmhouses in Trapani Calendar of events in Trapani

A source of revenue for the Sicilian economy has been money sent home from migrants. Calendar of events in Trapani 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. Calendar of events in Trapani. Although far from home strong links bound Sicilian migrants to their families and communities in Sicily. Sicily Bed and Breakfast 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. Information about Noto It is hardly surprising that Sicily should exert its "pull" on its own people as it has done to many others in the past. Self catering accommodation Piazza Armerina  

Mt Etna, the largest volcano in Europe and one of the most active in the world, lies south of Taormina. Booking Hotels Segesta You are permitted to climb up to 2900m. Calendar of events in Trapani. 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. Camping and Caravan sites in Nebrodi 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. Licata Holiday Flats 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.

Sicily, the largest of the Mediterranean islands, lies between southern Italy and North Africa. Cheap Acireale Hotels The island can be seen as a "stepping stone" between Europe and Africa. Calendar of events in Trapani. A beautiful, mountainous island, Sicily has been occupied by a series of migrants and invaders. These include the Greeks, Cathaginians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Angevins and Spaniards. In 1861 Sicily became part of Italy when Garibaldi united the Kingdom of Italy and the island. Calendar of events in Trapani Eighty-five years later Sicily achieved "relative independence". This means that although Sicily belongs to Italy it is responsible for much of its own local affairs. Calendar of events in Trapani. The island is divided into nine provinces: Agrigento, Caltanissetta, Catania, Enna, Messina, Palermo, Ragusa, Siracusa and Trapani. Discount hotels Ustica Throughout history islands have been invaded by foreign powers. Palermo Holiday Accommodation However, Sicily's rugged terrain has provided its people with a degree of protection as many of its towns and villages are high in the mountains.

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