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From early times Sicily has been coveted for its fertile land and today Sicily still has a largely agricultural based economy. Information about Erice. 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). Information about Erice A sweet liquid called "manna" is produced in Castelbuono and Pollina. Hostels in Piazza Armerina This is collected from a species of Ash tree. It solidifies and is used in cakes and sweets. Information about Erice. Dairy produce includes a number of cheeses such as Ricotta, Pecorino Siciliano and Caciocavallo Ragusano. Lipari photos 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. Sciacca Agriturismo Sulphur mines in Caltanissetta have traditionally played a part in the Sicilian economy. Today chemicals and refined petroleum are modern Sicilian industries. Information about Erice. The growth of transport companies and the modernisation of Sicily's road system have been essential to Sicily's industrial development. Flats in Acireale Chief Sicilian ports are Catania, Messina and Palermo. Information about Erice

For touring the island can be roughly divided into the north-shore and south-shore areas. Houses to rent in Pozzallo The north shore has reefs, olive groves, secluded coves and countless seaside resorts including Cefalu, a gorgeous Arab-Norman city with good beaches. Information about Erice. 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). Cheap accommodation in Cefalu 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. Information about Erice. 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). Car Hire Nebrodi  

The Aeolian Islands off the coast at Milazzo are well worth a visit. Information about Erice 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. Information about Erice. The island of Lipari is the most developed. Camping and Caravan sites in Capo D Orlando Sample some of the islandís sweet white Malvasia wine while here. Head for Taormina Ė Sicilyís most picturesque town. Diving Centres Dive Sites and Schools Messina 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. Information about Erice. The town was an important centre for trade and art through successive Roman, Norman, Spanish and French rules. Egadi Islands lodging

'To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is not having seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the key to everything.' So said Goethe. Information about Erice. Tuscany might want a look in, and Rome might beg to differ, but Sicily, with a history of foreign occupation across the centuries, is certainly fascinating, with a real pot-pourri of culture, cuisine and architecture. Plus the odd volcano. Last minute accommodation Licata

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