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Sicily, the largest of the Mediterranean islands, lies between southern Italy and North Africa. Hotel Reservations Lampedusa The island can be seen as a "stepping stone" between Europe and Africa. Cheap accommodation in Capo D Orlando. 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. Cheap accommodation in Capo D Orlando 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. Cheap accommodation in Capo D Orlando. The island is divided into nine provinces: Agrigento, Caltanissetta, Catania, Enna, Messina, Palermo, Ragusa, Siracusa and Trapani. Diving Centres Dive Sites and Schools Nebrodi Throughout history islands have been invaded by foreign powers. Cheap Piazza Armerina Hotels 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. Cheap accommodation in Capo D Orlando

'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. Cheap accommodation in Capo D Orlando. 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. Segesta lodging 

Tourism is an important earner of foreign currency. Cheap accommodation in Capo D Orlando. 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. Cheap accommodation in Trapani Tours are available to visit Sicily's active volcanoes: Mount Etna, Europe's tallest volcano, and Stromboli, one of the Aeolian Islands. Special holiday offers Sicily 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 hostels in Giarre

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. Cheap accommodation in Capo D Orlando The sea is deep blue, warm and clear, ideal for underwater swimming and fishing, accompanied by flying-fish, swordfish, turtles, sea-horses and hammerfish. Cheap accommodation in Capo D Orlando. The islands are bathed in a limpid clear light, setting off the black volcanic pumice stone. Information about Erice Vines are cultivated on the coastal strips and around the towns. Farmhouses in Sant Agata Militello On the island of Vulcano bathe in its warm sea-water, heated by underground volcanic springs. Cheap accommodation in Capo D Orlando. The active volcano on Stromboli offers a spectacular opportunity to observe lava flows and frequent noisy minor eruptions. Self catering accommodation Acitrezza

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