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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. Cheap hostels in Palermo And today it's still a land of fire and passion. Self catering accommodation Sciacca. 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. Self catering accommodation Sciacca. In ancient times, Sicily was covered with extremely rich farmland, whose copious wheat harvests fed virtually the entire western part of the Roman Empire. Self catering accommodation Sciacca 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. Cheap guesthouses Milazzo Like much of southern Italy, Sicily has been the ground upon which the boots of Western civilization have trod. Diving Centres Dive Sites and Schools Solunto Self catering accommodation Sciacca

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

For touring the island can be roughly divided into the north-shore and south-shore areas. Agrigento Holiday Flats The north shore has reefs, olive groves, secluded coves and countless seaside resorts including Cefalu, a gorgeous Arab-Norman city with good beaches. Self catering accommodation Sciacca. 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). Lampedusa photos 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. Self catering accommodation Sciacca. 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). Noto Map

Self catering accommodation Sciacca Heavily bombed during World War Two, shaken again in 1968 by another earthquake, ravaged in recent decades by organized crime, Sicily remains what it has always been. Calendar of events in Palermo A spectacular land of rugged mountains, golden wheat fields and rocky coasts inhabited by a fiercely independent people who bring passion to everything they do, be it a religious celebration or a holiday dinner. Camping and Caravan sites in Ragusa

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