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'To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is not having seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the key to everything.' So said Goethe. Camping and Caravan sites in Palermo. Tuscany might want a look in, and Rome might beg to differ, but Sicily, with a history of foreign occupation across the centuries, is certainly fascinating, with a real pot-pourri of culture, cuisine and architecture. Plus the odd volcano. Trapani Bed and Breakfast Camping and Caravan sites in Palermo

Begin your Sicilian odyssey in its capital city - Palermo. Camping and Caravan sites in Palermo 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. Ustica Tours and Excursions Today Palermo has an air of faded grandeur and an unrivalled display of Norman art and architecture and Baroque churches. Camping and Caravan sites in Palermo. 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. Hotel Reservations Capo D Orlando Donít miss the magnificent 12th century Norman cathedral at Monreale, 8 kilometres southwest of the city. Cheap hostels in Acitrezza The inside of the cathedral is covered in breathtakingly glittering mosaics.  

Sicily, the largest of the Mediterranean islands, lies between southern Italy and North Africa. Calendar of events in Taormina The island can be seen as a "stepping stone" between Europe and Africa. Camping and Caravan sites in Palermo. 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 Palermo 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 Palermo. The island is divided into nine provinces: Agrigento, Caltanissetta, Catania, Enna, Messina, Palermo, Ragusa, Siracusa and Trapani. Cheap guesthouses Messina Throughout history islands have been invaded by foreign powers. Places of interest in Acitrezza 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.

Palermo was founded by Phoenicians who sailed there from their native Carthage. Last minute accommodation Taormina The Greeks colonized the whole island, leaving some of the most beautiful and best-preserved temples they ever built at Agrigento, Selinunte and Segesta. Camping and Caravan sites in Palermo. Around those glorious sites they planted Sicily's first olive trees and grape vines. Eolie Aeolian Islands Tours and Excursions 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. Camping and Caravan sites in Palermo. In Palermo, these groups were known as mafia. Information about Erice

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