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For touring the island can be roughly divided into the north-shore and south-shore areas. Cheap hostels in Panarea The north shore has reefs, olive groves, secluded coves and countless seaside resorts including Cefalu, a gorgeous Arab-Norman city with good beaches. Discount hotels Campo Bello di Mazara. 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). Discount hotels Segesta 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. Discount hotels Campo Bello di Mazara. 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). Calendar of events in Sciacca Discount hotels Campo Bello di Mazara

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. Cheap guesthouses Lipari 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. Discount hotels Campo Bello di Mazara. The Normans took over in 1061. Discount hotels Campo Bello di Mazara They tore down almost all signs of Arab culture. Tourist attractions in Caltanissetta 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. Discount hotels Campo Bello di Mazara. It is to the Normans that we owe the most spectacular of Sicily's architectural treasures. Places of interest in Ragusa 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. Discount hotels Campo Bello di Mazara. 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. Sicily villas Eventually, in 1302, the French gave way to the Aragonese (part of the same dynasty which sponsored Christopher Columbus), who dominated until 1734. Discount hotels Campo Bello di Mazara. The aristocracy created during this realm left their magnificent homes, such as Palermo's Palazzo Sclafani and Palazzo Chiaramonte, scattered all over the island. Hostels in Solunto 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.  

The Aeolian Islands off the coast at Milazzo are well worth a visit. Discount hotels Campo Bello di Mazara 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. Discount hotels Campo Bello di Mazara. The island of Lipari is the most developed. Enna Holiday Flats Sample some of the islandís sweet white Malvasia wine while here. Head for Taormina Ė Sicilyís most picturesque town. Nightlife Entertainment in Cefalu 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. Discount hotels Campo Bello di Mazara. The town was an important centre for trade and art through successive Roman, Norman, Spanish and French rules. Diving Centres Dive Sites and Schools Nebrodi

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