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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. Diving Centres Dive Sites and Schools Capo D Orlando And today it's still a land of fire and passion. Camping and Caravan sites in Egadi Islands. 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. Camping and Caravan sites in Egadi Islands. In ancient times, Sicily was covered with extremely rich farmland, whose copious wheat harvests fed virtually the entire western part of the Roman Empire. Camping and Caravan sites in Egadi Islands 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. Hostels in Solunto Like much of southern Italy, Sicily has been the ground upon which the boots of Western civilization have trod. Sciacca Map Camping and Caravan sites in Egadi Islands

Sicily, the largest of the Mediterranean islands, lies between southern Italy and North Africa. Discount accommodation Giardini Naxos The island can be seen as a "stepping stone" between Europe and Africa. Camping and Caravan sites in Egadi Islands. 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. Camping and Caravan sites in Egadi Islands 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. Camping and Caravan sites in Egadi Islands. The island is divided into nine provinces: Agrigento, Caltanissetta, Catania, Enna, Messina, Palermo, Ragusa, Siracusa and Trapani. Tourist attractions in Marsala Throughout history islands have been invaded by foreign powers. Diving Centres Dive Sites and Schools Enna 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.  

The Aeolian Islands off the coast at Milazzo are well worth a visit. Camping and Caravan sites in Egadi Islands Mentioned in Homerís Odyssey and thought to be the home of Aeolus (the god of the wind) by the ancient Greeks, they offer spectacular volcanic scenery and fine beaches. Camping and Caravan sites in Egadi Islands. The island of Lipari is the most developed. Acitrezza apartments Sample some of the islandís sweet white Malvasia wine while here. Head for Taormina Ė Sicilyís most picturesque town. Hostels in Taormina Its magnificent setting on a terrace of Monte Tauro overlooking the sea and its views of Mt Etna have long made it a top tourist destination. Camping and Caravan sites in Egadi Islands. The town was an important centre for trade and art through successive Roman, Norman, Spanish and French rules. Tourist Information office centre Caltanissetta

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. Diving Centres Dive Sites and Schools Caltanissetta 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. Camping and Caravan sites in Egadi Islands. The Normans took over in 1061. Camping and Caravan sites in Egadi Islands They tore down almost all signs of Arab culture. Places of interest in Piazza Armerina 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. Camping and Caravan sites in Egadi Islands. It is to the Normans that we owe the most spectacular of Sicily's architectural treasures. Cheap accommodation in Siracusa Syracuse 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. Camping and Caravan sites in Egadi Islands. 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 Messina Eventually, in 1302, the French gave way to the Aragonese (part of the same dynasty which sponsored Christopher Columbus), who dominated until 1734. Camping and Caravan sites in Egadi Islands. The aristocracy created during this realm left their magnificent homes, such as Palermo's Palazzo Sclafani and Palazzo Chiaramonte, scattered all over the island. Hotels Acitrezza 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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