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Ironically, the earthquake that devastated the southeastern provinces in 1693 became the springboard for Sicily's most glorious period, the baroque. Self catering accommodation Catania 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. Places of interest in Solunto 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. Caltanissetta Car Hire. 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. Information about Nebrodi Sicily remained in Bourbon hands until 1861, when unification created the Kingdom of Italy. Caltanissetta Car Hire

Caltanissetta Car Hire Among the areas not to be missed are Agrigento (to see the Valley of the Temples); Acireale (to see puppets); Taormina (a unique beautiful town perched on cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean); and Mt. Etna (10 902 ft/3 323 m) an active volcano on the east coastóits crater is difficult to reach so bring a guide and dress warmly. Diving Centres Dive Sites and Schools Capo D Orlando In April 1987 two people were killed when Mt. Etna erupted. Although it can erupt at any time ó most recently in January 1992 ó deadly incidents arenít common. Caltanissetta Car Hire. Thereís good winter skiing with great ocean views from the mountain; drive the 120 mi/200 km around its base to see a wide variety of scenery. Cheap hostels in Caltanissetta Among the ancient Greek and Roman ruins on the island are the Taormina Greek theatre and San Domenico Monastery near Messina the Greek theater. Taormina Map In Syracuse the 5th-century BC Temple of Concord in Agrigento and the Casale Armerina (a jewel of a Roman villa with wonderful mosaics) in the town of Piazza Armerina near Enna. Caltanissetta Car Hire. Itís also possible to visit the Pantelleria Islands, the Pelagian Islands and the Aeolian Islands from Sicily. Lipari Holiday Accommodation Thereís enough there to keep one busy for eight days.  

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. Caltanissetta Car Hire The sea is deep blue, warm and clear, ideal for underwater swimming and fishing, accompanied by flying-fish, swordfish, turtles, sea-horses and hammerfish. Caltanissetta Car Hire. The islands are bathed in a limpid clear light, setting off the black volcanic pumice stone. Hostels in Catania Vines are cultivated on the coastal strips and around the towns. Hotel Reservations Cefalu On the island of Vulcano bathe in its warm sea-water, heated by underground volcanic springs. Caltanissetta Car Hire. The active volcano on Stromboli offers a spectacular opportunity to observe lava flows and frequent noisy minor eruptions. Tourist Information office centre Messina

As elsewhere in the Roman Empire, the Romans were replaced by the Vandals and the Ostrogoths, who demolished far more than they built (one rare example is the villa of Piazza Armerina) and were swept away by the Byzantines. Cheap Giardini Naxos Hotels The Arabs who followed them moved the capitol from Siracusa to Palermo, renamed most of the existing towns, and planted the first carobs, date-palms, citrus trees, jasmines and melons. Caltanissetta Car Hire. The Normans took over in 1061. Caltanissetta Car Hire They tore down almost all signs of Arab culture. Camping and Caravan sites in Lampedusa They brought the island to a new level of prosperity and planted a different kind of seed, still visible today in the blonde and red tresses of many Sicilians. Caltanissetta Car Hire. It is to the Normans that we owe the most spectacular of Sicily's architectural treasures. Houses to rent in Solunto From the cathedrals of Cefalý, Messina and Monreale to Palermo's Zisa and Cuba, the churches of San Giovanni degli Eremiti, San Cataldo and the Martorana. Under the realm of Frederick II, the Swabian king, Sicily became one of the centers of the Western world, and perhaps it is not surprising that the principal architectural endeavors of this era. These lasted only from 1220 to 1250, were of a military nature, such as the castles in Siracusa, Catania and Salemi. Caltanissetta Car Hire. When Frederick died in 1250, his successor Manfred was murdered by the ruthless Charles of Anjou, whose French allies streamed into the island and established a new aristocracy so despised that it led to the popular uprising called the Sicilian Vespers. Tourist attractions in Sciacca Eventually, in 1302, the French gave way to the Aragonese (part of the same dynasty which sponsored Christopher Columbus), who dominated until 1734. Caltanissetta Car Hire. The aristocracy created during this realm left their magnificent homes, such as Palermo's Palazzo Sclafani and Palazzo Chiaramonte, scattered all over the island. Booking Hotels Siracusa Syracuse The Aragonese clergy, while wielding the heavy arm of the Inquisition, effectively conspired to keep almost all artistic traces of the Renaissance out of the island.

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