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Sicily, the largest of the Mediterranean islands, lies between southern Italy and North Africa. Noto apartments The island can be seen as a "stepping stone" between Europe and Africa. Sicily car hire and rentals. 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 car hire and rentals 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 car hire and rentals. The island is divided into nine provinces: Agrigento, Caltanissetta, Catania, Enna, Messina, Palermo, Ragusa, Siracusa and Trapani. Licata photos Throughout history islands have been invaded by foreign powers. Segesta photos 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. Sicily car hire and rentals

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Tourism is an important earner of foreign currency. Sicily car hire and rentals. 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. Booking Hotels Erice Tours are available to visit Sicily's active volcanoes: Mount Etna, Europe's tallest volcano, and Stromboli, one of the Aeolian Islands. Discount accommodation Campo Bello di Mazara 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. Cefalu Bed and Breakfast  

The little known Aeolian Islands just of the northern coast of Sicily are an undiscovered delight, particularly if you're looking for peace and quiet surrounded by the pleasures of nature. Sicily car hire and rentals The sea is deep blue, warm and clear, ideal for underwater swimming and fishing, accompanied by flying-fish, swordfish, turtles, sea-horses and hammerfish. Sicily car hire and rentals. The islands are bathed in a limpid clear light, setting off the black volcanic pumice stone. Houses to rent in Catania Vines are cultivated on the coastal strips and around the towns. Capo D Orlando Holiday Accommodation On the island of Vulcano bathe in its warm sea-water, heated by underground volcanic springs. Sicily car hire and rentals. The active volcano on Stromboli offers a spectacular opportunity to observe lava flows and frequent noisy minor eruptions. Places of interest in Acireale

Sicily car hire and rentals 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. Capo D Orlando photos 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. Agritourism in Eolie Aeolian Islands

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Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean and occupies a strategic position at the toe of Italy. Self catering accommodation Sicily The island has long been a magnet for invaders - all of whom have left their mark. Trapani Accomodation Greek temples, Roman ruins, Norman castles and Byzantine domes. Self catering accommodation Sicily. 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. Self catering accommodation Sicily. City of Catania. Enna Car Hire 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 Siracusa Syracuse 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. Yacht Centres Facilities and Marinas in Sicily Subsequently conquered from the Normanni was destroyed in 1693 from a terrible earthquake. Self catering accommodation Sicily. We find it again today, like commercial heart of the Isle with its splendid and attractive baroque.

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

'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. Self catering accommodation Sicily. 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. Diving Centres Dive Sites and Schools Siracusa Syracuse

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

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