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As elsewhere in the Roman Empire, the Romans were replaced by the Vandals and the Ostrogoths, who demolished far more than they built (one rare example is the villa of Piazza Armerina) and were swept away by the Byzantines. Flats in Lampedusa The Arabs who followed them moved the capitol from Siracusa to Palermo, renamed most of the existing towns, and planted the first carobs, date-palms, citrus trees, jasmines and melons. Tourist attractions in Marsala. The Normans took over in 1061. Tourist attractions in Marsala They tore down almost all signs of Arab culture. Hotels Trapani They brought the island to a new level of prosperity and planted a different kind of seed, still visible today in the blonde and red tresses of many Sicilians. Tourist attractions in Marsala. It is to the Normans that we owe the most spectacular of Sicily's architectural treasures. Panarea photos From the cathedrals of Cefalů, Messina and Monreale to Palermo's Zisa and Cuba, the churches of San Giovanni degli Eremiti, San Cataldo and the Martorana. Under the realm of Frederick II, the Swabian king, Sicily became one of the centers of the Western world, and perhaps it is not surprising that the principal architectural endeavors of this era. These lasted only from 1220 to 1250, were of a military nature, such as the castles in Siracusa, Catania and Salemi. Tourist attractions in Marsala. When Frederick died in 1250, his successor Manfred was murdered by the ruthless Charles of Anjou, whose French allies streamed into the island and established a new aristocracy so despised that it led to the popular uprising called the Sicilian Vespers. Acitrezza photos Eventually, in 1302, the French gave way to the Aragonese (part of the same dynasty which sponsored Christopher Columbus), who dominated until 1734. Tourist attractions in Marsala. The aristocracy created during this realm left their magnificent homes, such as Palermo's Palazzo Sclafani and Palazzo Chiaramonte, scattered all over the island. Cheap flats in Campo Bello di Mazara The Aragonese clergy, while wielding the heavy arm of the Inquisition, effectively conspired to keep almost all artistic traces of the Renaissance out of the island. Tourist attractions in Marsala

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

Begin your Sicilian odyssey in its capital city - Palermo. Tourist attractions in Marsala Spectacularly situated along a wide sweep of bay at the foot of Monte Pellegrino, Palermo was the wealthiest and most magnificent city in Europe in the 12th century. Cefalu Accomodation Today Palermo has an air of faded grandeur and an unrivalled display of Norman art and architecture and Baroque churches. Tourist attractions in Marsala. Stroll along the Via Roma and Via Maqueda in the heart of the old town and get a sense of what Palermo is all about. Cefalu Holiday Flats Don’t miss the magnificent 12th century Norman cathedral at Monreale, 8 kilometres southwest of the city. Cheap Segesta Hotels The inside of the cathedral is covered in breathtakingly glittering mosaics.

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean and occupies a strategic position at the toe of Italy. Tourist attractions in Marsala The island has long been a magnet for invaders - all of whom have left their mark. Marsala Tours and Excursions Greek temples, Roman ruins, Norman castles and Byzantine domes. Tourist attractions in Marsala. 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. Tourist attractions in Marsala. City of Catania. Cheap hostels in Giardini Naxos 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. Discount cheap lodging Licata 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 Siracusa Syracuse Subsequently conquered from the Normanni was destroyed in 1693 from a terrible earthquake. Tourist attractions in Marsala. We find it again today, like commercial heart of the Isle with its splendid and attractive baroque.

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