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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. Sciacca photos 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. Sciacca Accommodation 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 photos. 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. Caltanissetta Holiday Flats Sicily remained in Bourbon hands until 1861, when unification created the Kingdom of Italy. Caltanissetta photos

A source of revenue for the Sicilian economy has been money sent home from migrants. Caltanissetta photos 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. Caltanissetta photos. Although far from home strong links bound Sicilian migrants to their families and communities in Sicily. Piazza Armerina villas 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. Giardini Naxos Holiday Accommodation It is hardly surprising that Sicily should exert its "pull" on its own people as it has done to many others in the past. Hotels Sciacca  

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

From early times Sicily has been coveted for its fertile land and today Sicily still has a largely agricultural based economy. Caltanissetta photos. Its main products include wheat (hard wheat from Enna for bread and pasta), barley, corn, peppers, tomatoes, aubergines, courgettes, potatoes, grapes, figs, pears, peaches, La Ficurinnia or the fig of India (from the West Indies) and citrus fruits and almonds (introduced by the Arabs). Caltanissetta photos A sweet liquid called "manna" is produced in Castelbuono and Pollina. Diving Centres Dive Sites and Schools Lipari This is collected from a species of Ash tree. It solidifies and is used in cakes and sweets. Caltanissetta photos. Dairy produce includes a number of cheeses such as Ricotta, Pecorino Siciliano and Caciocavallo Ragusano. Discount cheap lodging Marsala The Sicilian fishing industry provides tuna, swordfish, sea bream, sardines, octopus, squid, prawns and mussels. Other industries include wine (for example, Donna Fugata, Regaleali, Malvasia and sweet Marsala), balsamic vinegar, olive oil, honey, bottled water (from Geraci), salt and other food processing. Fishing Trips in Sicily Sulphur mines in Caltanissetta have traditionally played a part in the Sicilian economy. Today chemicals and refined petroleum are modern Sicilian industries. Caltanissetta photos. The growth of transport companies and the modernisation of Sicily's road system have been essential to Sicily's industrial development. Campo Bello di Mazara Agriturismo Chief Sicilian ports are Catania, Messina and Palermo.

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