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

Ironically, the earthquake that devastated the southeastern provinces in 1693 became the springboard for Sicily's most glorious period, the baroque. Ragusa Bed and Breakfast 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. Discount cheap lodging Sciacca 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. Cheap guesthouses Enna. 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. Cheap guesthouses Sciacca Sicily remained in Bourbon hands until 1861, when unification created the Kingdom of Italy.  

For touring the island can be roughly divided into the north-shore and south-shore areas. Giardini Naxos weather forecast The north shore has reefs, olive groves, secluded coves and countless seaside resorts including Cefalu, a gorgeous Arab-Norman city with good beaches. Cheap guesthouses Enna. West of center of the north coast is Palermo the ancient capital and the islandís largest city. Be sure to visit the central market and 12th-century Monreale Cathedral which is 6 mi/8 km west of town (it has impressive biblical mosaics). Last minute accommodation Eolie Aeolian Islands About 50 mi/80 km west of Palermo lies the ancient village of Erice atop a mountain: It still has remains of a temple dedicated to Venus. Cheap guesthouses Enna. The southern coast has an even milder climate so thereís swimming most of the year (although it can get cold there between November and March). Agritourism in Enna

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 Messina And today it's still a land of fire and passion. Cheap guesthouses Enna. 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. Cheap guesthouses Enna. In ancient times, Sicily was covered with extremely rich farmland, whose copious wheat harvests fed virtually the entire western part of the Roman Empire. Cheap guesthouses Enna 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. Tourist attractions in Agrigento Like much of southern Italy, Sicily has been the ground upon which the boots of Western civilization have trod. Hotels Acireale

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