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

Sicily, the largest of the Mediterranean islands, lies between southern Italy and North Africa. Solunto Agriturismo The island can be seen as a "stepping stone" between Europe and Africa. Sant Agata Militello photos. 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. Sant Agata Militello photos 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. Sant Agata Militello photos. The island is divided into nine provinces: Agrigento, Caltanissetta, Catania, Enna, Messina, Palermo, Ragusa, Siracusa and Trapani. Places of interest in Solunto Throughout history islands have been invaded by foreign powers. Calendar of events in Marsala 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 Aeolian Islands off the coast at Milazzo are well worth a visit. Sant Agata Militello photos Mentioned in Homer’s 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. Sant Agata Militello photos. The island of Lipari is the most developed. Places of interest in Messina Sample some of the island’s sweet white Malvasia wine while here. Head for Taormina – Sicily’s most picturesque town. Places of interest in Piazza Armerina 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. Sant Agata Militello photos. The town was an important centre for trade and art through successive Roman, Norman, Spanish and French rules. Lipari photos

Mt Etna, the largest volcano in Europe and one of the most active in the world, lies south of Taormina. Giarre villas You are permitted to climb up to 2900m. Sant Agata Militello photos. 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. Farmhouses in Sicily 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. Cheap Vacations Sicily 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.

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