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

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean and occupies a strategic position at the toe of Italy. Erice Hotels The island has long been a magnet for invaders - all of whom have left their mark. Sicily guesthouses Greek temples, Roman ruins, Norman castles and Byzantine domes. Erice Hotels. Visiting these relics of the past, swimming off the island’s beautiful golden beaches, marvelling at Mt Etna – Europe’s largest live volcano – and sampling first-rate seafood are all part of the Sicilian experience. Erice Hotels. City of Catania. Places of interest in Siracusa Syracuse Situated at the mountain slope of Etna and to the center of a fertile lowland cultivated to citrus fruit, it was occupied from the Cartaginesi versus 700 B.C. Camping and Caravan sites in Enna Then it was under the dominion of Siracusa and conquered from Dionigi and from the Cartaginesi then, finally by the Romans in the 263 B.C. Cheap flats in Noto Subsequently conquered from the Normanni was destroyed in 1693 from a terrible earthquake. Erice Hotels. We find it again today, like commercial heart of the Isle with its splendid and attractive baroque.  

From early times Sicily has been coveted for its fertile land and today Sicily still has a largely agricultural based economy. Erice Hotels. Its main products include wheat (hard wheat from Enna for bread and pasta), barley, corn, peppers, tomatoes, aubergines, courgettes, potatoes, grapes, figs, pears, peaches, La Ficurinnia or the fig of India (from the West Indies) and citrus fruits and almonds (introduced by the Arabs). Erice Hotels A sweet liquid called "manna" is produced in Castelbuono and Pollina. Hotel Reservations Sicily This is collected from a species of Ash tree. It solidifies and is used in cakes and sweets. Erice Hotels. Dairy produce includes a number of cheeses such as Ricotta, Pecorino Siciliano and Caciocavallo Ragusano. Diving Centres Dive Sites and Schools Milazzo The Sicilian fishing industry provides tuna, swordfish, sea bream, sardines, octopus, squid, prawns and mussels. Other industries include wine (for example, Donna Fugata, Regaleali, Malvasia and sweet Marsala), balsamic vinegar, olive oil, honey, bottled water (from Geraci), salt and other food processing. Pozzallo Accommodation Sulphur mines in Caltanissetta have traditionally played a part in the Sicilian economy. Today chemicals and refined petroleum are modern Sicilian industries. Erice Hotels. The growth of transport companies and the modernisation of Sicily's road system have been essential to Sicily's industrial development. Last minute accommodation Licata Chief Sicilian ports are Catania, Messina and Palermo.

Sicily is a mountainous island — an extension of the Apennine Mountains separated from the mainland by the Straits of Messina. Erice Hotels There are many reasons to visit Sicily: water sports, beaches of rock and sand (including black sand), natural beauty, good food and friendly people. Calendar of events in Noto

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