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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. Campo Bello di Mazara lodging 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 Holiday Accommodation. The Normans took over in 1061. Caltanissetta Holiday Accommodation They tore down almost all signs of Arab culture. Giarre Hotels 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 Holiday Accommodation. It is to the Normans that we owe the most spectacular of Sicily's architectural treasures. Farmhouses in Sciacca 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 Holiday Accommodation. 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. Discount cheap lodging Marsala Eventually, in 1302, the French gave way to the Aragonese (part of the same dynasty which sponsored Christopher Columbus), who dominated until 1734. Caltanissetta Holiday Accommodation. The aristocracy created during this realm left their magnificent homes, such as Palermo's Palazzo Sclafani and Palazzo Chiaramonte, scattered all over the island. Siracusa Syracuse Hotels 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. Caltanissetta Holiday Accommodation

Tourism is an important earner of foreign currency. Caltanissetta Holiday Accommodation. There are many castles and churches in Sicily to attract the tourist and important towns such as Taormina and Cefalu thrive on the tourist industry. Camping and Caravan sites in Lipari Tours are available to visit Sicily's active volcanoes: Mount Etna, Europe's tallest volcano, and Stromboli, one of the Aeolian Islands. Places of interest in Milazzo Other places of interest are Madonie National Park, the Baroque towns of south-eastern Sicily, the Cathedral of Monreale, the Dorian Temple and Theatre at Segesta, the ancient Greek Theatre of Taormina, the ancient town of Syracuse and the archaeological area of Agrigento. Cheap accommodation in Capo D Orlando  

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

Begin your Sicilian odyssey in its capital city - Palermo. Caltanissetta Holiday Accommodation 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. Self catering accommodation Palermo Today Palermo has an air of faded grandeur and an unrivalled display of Norman art and architecture and Baroque churches. Caltanissetta Holiday Accommodation. 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. Camping and Caravan sites in Marsala Donít miss the magnificent 12th century Norman cathedral at Monreale, 8 kilometres southwest of the city. Farmhouses in Campo Bello di Mazara The inside of the cathedral is covered in breathtakingly glittering mosaics.

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