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Begin your Sicilian odyssey in its capital city - Palermo. Caltanissetta Agriturismo 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. Camping and Caravan sites in Erice Today Palermo has an air of faded grandeur and an unrivalled display of Norman art and architecture and Baroque churches. Caltanissetta Agriturismo. 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 Palermo Donít miss the magnificent 12th century Norman cathedral at Monreale, 8 kilometres southwest of the city. Discount accommodation Milazzo The inside of the cathedral is covered in breathtakingly glittering mosaics. Caltanissetta Agriturismo

Over the centuries the Sicilians have valued a close family life with all its responsibilities. Caltanissetta Agriturismo. In turn the Sicilian people have looked to themselves in the face of foreign occupation and imposed government. Booking Hotels Ragusa Partly in response to invasion and colonisation a purely Sicilian hierarchy emerged. Caltanissetta Agriturismo This became known as the Sicilian Mafia organised upon what can roughly be translated as "respect", "dignity" and "silence".  

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. Tourist Information office centre Ragusa And today it's still a land of fire and passion. Caltanissetta Agriturismo. 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. Caltanissetta Agriturismo. In ancient times, Sicily was covered with extremely rich farmland, whose copious wheat harvests fed virtually the entire western part of the Roman Empire. Caltanissetta Agriturismo 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. Self catering accommodation Solunto Like much of southern Italy, Sicily has been the ground upon which the boots of Western civilization have trod. Eolie Aeolian Islands Map

For touring the island can be roughly divided into the north-shore and south-shore areas. Hotel Reservations Giardini Naxos The north shore has reefs, olive groves, secluded coves and countless seaside resorts including Cefalu, a gorgeous Arab-Norman city with good beaches. Caltanissetta Agriturismo. West of center of the north coast is Palermo the ancient capital and the islandís 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). Discount hotels Enna 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. Caltanissetta Agriturismo. The southern coast has an even milder climate so thereís swimming most of the year (although it can get cold there between November and March). Siracusa Syracuse villas

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