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The Heart of the Mediterranean

Sicily is the largest island of the Mediterranean with extensive areas of mountains on the north and east, the highest being Mount Etna (3323 m), Europe's largest active volcano. Its shores are washed by three different seas: Tyrrhenian, Ionian and Mediterranean. Each part of the island has its own history, its own character, creating a varied and complex whole. Sicily's history can be traced back more than 2000 years, during which time it has been dominated by many different rulers, from the Greeks to the Romans, Byzantines and Arabs, from the Normans to the Spanish, and each succeeding culture left a mark on the island.

Sicily has a semi-autonomous status within the Italian republic with its own parliament and president, and limited legislative powers in such areas as tourism, transport, industry and the environment. Compared to north Italy, the economy has remained relatively underdeveloped. Sicily is mainly agricultural, devoted to the cultivation of wheat, barley, corn, olives, citrus fruit, almonds and wine grapes. Tuna and sardine fishing are also important.

The last thirty years tourism is playing the main role. There is so much to see and explore, from beaches, mountains, parks and national reserves to Greek temples and amphitheatres, Roman architecture and cities, castles, towers, museums, palaces and churches. Besides, Sicily's cuisine is Italy's most varied and exotic, influenced by the different settlers who have grown flavourful ingredients in the lava-enriched soil and hot sunshine.

  • Last visit to Sicilia: Jun 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • elpariente's Profile Photo
    Jan 24, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    With your tips and photos we have done a great visit to Sicilia
    Thank you
    Gracias !!!!!

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Feb 27, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Mira, fantastic, comprehensive and detailed page with outstanding photos of Sicilia. I have never been to this lovely Italian island, although we once thought about taking a daytrip from Malta.

  • Mozumbus's Profile Photo
    Aug 17, 2010 at 11:47 PM

    A fantastic page I must say... Ideally organized with all the useful information. Thanks for sharing!

  • Redang's Profile Photo
    Jul 4, 2010 at 10:31 AM

    Greetings from Madrid!

  • jenn5179's Profile Photo
    Jun 16, 2010 at 1:10 PM

    Beautiful page...... Sicily has moved to the top of my wishlist!

  • picek's Profile Photo
    Jun 11, 2010 at 4:53 AM

    Sami cudoviti prizori. Mi smo marsikaj 'pustili' za naslednjic, sem se je vedno vredno vracati. Upam, da bo uspelo. Hvala za komentarje :)

  • Arkeolog's Profile Photo
    Mar 5, 2010 at 7:31 AM

    great page on Sicilia. congrats...

  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Feb 16, 2010 at 1:11 PM

    Absolutely stunning page. Sicilia just moved onto my wish list ;-)

  • icunme's Profile Photo
    Oct 1, 2009 at 1:21 PM

    Took the delux tour of magical Sicilia here w/you. Outstanding photos/detail - a keen eye notes the abundant Arabic influence in architecture, art, food. Sicilia left me with a longing to return.

  • BillNJ's Profile Photo
    Sep 16, 2009 at 4:07 PM

    Mira -- Wow, thanks for sharing all of this wonderful information about Sicily. The food, wine, and sweets look really good. And, the sinks in Bar Turrisi are quite unique! Cheers, Bill

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