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Noto photos In April 1987 two people were killed when Mt. Etna erupted. Although it can erupt at any time — most recently in January 1992 — deadly incidents aren’t common. Discount hotels Ragusa. There’s good winter skiing with great ocean views from the mountain; drive the 120 mi/200 km around its base to see a wide variety of scenery. Hotels Lipari Among the ancient Greek and Roman ruins on the island are the Taormina Greek theatre and San Domenico Monastery near Messina the Greek theater. Giardini Naxos lodging In Syracuse the 5th-century BC Temple of Concord in Agrigento and the Casale Armerina (a jewel of a Roman villa with wonderful mosaics) in the town of Piazza Armerina near Enna. Discount hotels Ragusa. It’s also possible to visit the Pantelleria Islands, the Pelagian Islands and the Aeolian Islands from Sicily. Booking Hotels Giardini Naxos There’s enough there to keep one busy for eight days.
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Sicily, the largest of the Mediterranean islands, lies between southern Italy and North Africa. Flats in Ragusa The island can be seen as a "stepping stone" between Europe and Africa. Discount hotels Ragusa. 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. Discount hotels Ragusa 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. Discount hotels Ragusa. The island is divided into nine provinces: Agrigento, Caltanissetta, Catania, Enna, Messina, Palermo, Ragusa, Siracusa and Trapani. Licata Holiday Flats Throughout history islands have been invaded by foreign powers. Last minute accommodation Pozzallo 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 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. Discount hotels Ragusa The sea is deep blue, warm and clear, ideal for underwater swimming and fishing, accompanied by flying-fish, swordfish, turtles, sea-horses and hammerfish. Discount hotels Ragusa. The islands are bathed in a limpid clear light, setting off the black volcanic pumice stone. Campo Bello di Mazara Holiday Flats Vines are cultivated on the coastal strips and around the towns. Enna villas On the island of Vulcano bathe in its warm sea-water, heated by underground volcanic springs. Discount hotels Ragusa. The active volcano on Stromboli offers a spectacular opportunity to observe lava flows and frequent noisy minor eruptions. Acitrezza Map
Mt Etna, the largest volcano in Europe and one of the most active in the world, lies south of Taormina. Nightlife Entertainment in Capo D Orlando You are permitted to climb up to 2900m. Discount hotels Ragusa. A rope marks the spot where the volcano’s unpredictability makes it unsafe to go any further. Further south, the town of Syracuse was once a very powerful Greek city. Information about Ustica Check out the medieval buildings on the island of Ortigia which lies in the centre of town. Don’t miss the 5th century Teatro Greco – a masterpiece hewn out of rock with a seating capacity for 16,000 people. Discount accommodation Noto The five Doric temples in the town of Agrigento are also well worth a visit. They are the most well preserved of Sicily’s Greek ruins and are truly spectacular.