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Sicily Italy The pearl of Southern Italy, it is the largest island in the Mediterranean, separated from Calabria (and the continent) by the Strait of Messina.
It is predominantly hilly and washed by the Ionian, Tyrrhenian and Sea and the Sea of Sicily. It also includes the Aeolian Islands, the Aegadian Islands, the Pelagian Islands, Pantelleria and Ustica.

Sicily is more than the sea and offers its guests a wide range of alternative itineraries that appeal to different tastes and needs including nature, history and ethnic traditions.
Those interested in scenery can choose from among the natures reserves of the Etna, Madonie and Nebrodi regional parks and the volcanic paradise of Pantelleria, dotted with enchanting glimpses, such as 'Pertusa di Notaro' (a grotto that wafts cool air) and the characteristic 'dammusi' (typical lava-stone constructions).
For gourmands, there are gastronomic tours with obligatory stops in Palermo for cannoli (Sicilian pastry rolls with sweet filling), cassate (Sicilian cake containing cottage cheese, chocolate chips and candied fruit) and granite and in Modica for chocolate flavoured with chilli pepper or cinnamon from an ancient Aztec recipe. Those who want to dive into the past can choose from the Greek temples of Selinunte and Siracusa or Agrigento and Imera, the Greek-Roman theatre in Taormina and the Norman period cathedrals, especially in Palermo (Churches of the Martorana, of San Giovanni degli Eremiti and of San Cataldo).
For those interested in ethnic traditions, there's the obligatory stop in Acireale to enjoy a performance of the Opera dei Pupi (Sicilian marionette theatre), which tells tales of Orlando Furioso (Roland). Etna, a volcano that offers natural spectacles that are always different, deserves a chapter of its own, as well as all of Sicily's marvellous coastline, characterised by pristine beaches and clear water, like those of the Pelagian, Aeolian and Aegadian Islands.

Apart from the gulf and the sea, Palermo is also fascinating for its monuments, luxuriant gardens and breathtaking panoramas. Over the centuries Palermo has often been the ...


Catania is the second-largest city in Sicily: destroyed many times by volcanic eruptions and earthquakes, it has always been rebuilt on its ruins with great stubbornness: according to the legend its h ...

Aeolian Islands
The Aeolian Islands (also called Lipari Islands, from the name of the biggest island) are an archipelago in the Tyrrhenian Sea, north of Sicily, in front of Milazzo. The islands have volcanic origin a ...

In its millenarian history, Agrigento has had four different names: Akragas in Greek, Agrigentum in Latin, Kerkent in Arabic and Girgenti for the Normans. Girgenti remained the official name of the ci ...
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