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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. Campo Bello di Mazara Accomodation 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. Diving Centres Dive Sites and Schools Lampedusa. The Normans took over in 1061. Diving Centres Dive Sites and Schools Lampedusa They tore down almost all signs of Arab culture. Sant Agata Militello Bed and Breakfast 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. Diving Centres Dive Sites and Schools Lampedusa. It is to the Normans that we owe the most spectacular of Sicily's architectural treasures. Diving Centres Dive Sites and Schools Licata From the cathedrals of Cefalů, 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. Diving Centres Dive Sites and Schools Lampedusa. 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. Lipari Map Eventually, in 1302, the French gave way to the Aragonese (part of the same dynasty which sponsored Christopher Columbus), who dominated until 1734. Diving Centres Dive Sites and Schools Lampedusa. The aristocracy created during this realm left their magnificent homes, such as Palermo's Palazzo Sclafani and Palazzo Chiaramonte, scattered all over the island. Acitrezza Bed and Breakfast 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. Diving Centres Dive Sites and Schools Lampedusa

Over the centuries the Sicilians have valued a close family life with all its responsibilities. Diving Centres Dive Sites and Schools Lampedusa. In turn the Sicilian people have looked to themselves in the face of foreign occupation and imposed government. Cheap accommodation in Marsala Partly in response to invasion and colonisation a purely Sicilian hierarchy emerged. Diving Centres Dive Sites and Schools Lampedusa This became known as the Sicilian Mafia organised upon what can roughly be translated as "respect", "dignity" and "silence".  

Mt Etna, the largest volcano in Europe and one of the most active in the world, lies south of Taormina. Palermo Car Hire You are permitted to climb up to 2900m. Diving Centres Dive Sites and Schools Lampedusa. 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. Solunto Map 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. Car Hire Lampedusa 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.

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. Agritourism in Campo Bello di Mazara And today it's still a land of fire and passion. Diving Centres Dive Sites and Schools Lampedusa. 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. Diving Centres Dive Sites and Schools Lampedusa. In ancient times, Sicily was covered with extremely rich farmland, whose copious wheat harvests fed virtually the entire western part of the Roman Empire. Diving Centres Dive Sites and Schools Lampedusa 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. Piazza Armerina Hotels Like much of southern Italy, Sicily has been the ground upon which the boots of Western civilization have trod. Houses to rent in Giardini Naxos

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