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A source of revenue for the Sicilian economy has been money sent home from migrants. Sicily Hotels Like many Europeans, in the nineteenth century and early twentieth century, a number of Sicilians migrated to countries such as the USA in search of work. Sicily Hotels. Although far from home strong links bound Sicilian migrants to their families and communities in Sicily. Tourist Information office centre Egadi Islands In fact, today, some Sicilian Americans are thinking of returning to their roots and small complexes of retirement houses are being constructed for American Sicilians. Giardini Naxos Accomodation It is hardly surprising that Sicily should exert its "pull" on its own people as it has done to many others in the past. Farmhouses in Panarea
Mt Etna, the largest volcano in Europe and one of the most active in the world, lies south of Taormina. Flats in Egadi Islands You are permitted to climb up to 2900m. Sicily Hotels. 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. Cheap guesthouses Panarea 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. Hotels Ragusa 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.
Tourism is an important earner of foreign currency. Sicily Hotels. There are many castles and churches in Sicily to attract the tourist and important towns such as Taormina and Cefalu thrive on the tourist industry. Agrigento weather forecast Tours are available to visit Sicily's active volcanoes: Mount Etna, Europe's tallest volcano, and Stromboli, one of the Aeolian Islands. Messina Accommodation Other places of interest are Madonie National Park, the Baroque towns of south-eastern Sicily, the Cathedral of Monreale, the Dorian Temple and Theatre at Segesta, the ancient Greek Theatre of Taormina, the ancient town of Syracuse and the archaeological area of Agrigento. Booking Hotels Palermo
Sicily, the largest of the Mediterranean islands, lies between southern Italy and North Africa. Tourist attractions in Milazzo The island can be seen as a "stepping stone" between Europe and Africa. Sicily Hotels. 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. Sicily Hotels 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. Sicily Hotels. The island is divided into nine provinces: Agrigento, Caltanissetta, Catania, Enna, Messina, Palermo, Ragusa, Siracusa and Trapani. Agrigento Bed and Breakfast Throughout history islands have been invaded by foreign powers. Giardini Naxos Holiday Accommodation 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.