Sicily

From etna’s eternal snow to the splendid coastal resorts

Sicily is a truly amazing universe to discover and love, full of cities with abundant history, white beaches and a wonderfully coloured sea. Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean, and due to its geographic position it has always been a halfway house between the West and the East, Africa and Europe and has the rare privilege of being surrounding by three different seas; on the North there is the Tirrenean, the Ionian on the East and the Mediterranean on the South.

It is a complex, varied island that is difficult to define. Few other Italian regions are able to offer its variety of environments, its cultural superiority and different social-economic situations. The whole of Sicily bears the traces of ancient civilisations. In some parts these are easily recognisable such as Agrigento’s splendid temples or the Cathedral of Monreale and in other they are less well known such as the stone carvings in the Addaura caves, the pre-historic village of Panarea, and the numerous necropolis spread over the area. The physical aspects of Sicily are also difficult to describe. There is Etna’s ever present snow, lush vegetations, orchards and gardens that take on incredible colours in spring, natural oasis and barren coastlines, fertile plains and uncultivated and desolate zones.

It goes without saying that tourism in Sicily has continued to grow over the years, due to its amazing landscapes, enchanting beaches and Mediterranean climate. Poets, writers and travellers of all eras have celebrated it; it offers the occasion of having not only a relaxing holiday, but also of being able to discovery the numerous testaments of a millenary past. It is a truly amazing universe to discover and love.

 

Il tempio di Selinunte (Foto Regione Sicilia)

TRAPANI, THE CORAL CITY

Trapani is situated on a piece of land that stretches out towards the Mediterranean and is on the extreme easterly point of Sicily. Since ancient times the Sicilian city is well known for the processing of precious materials such as coral, as well as for being an area bursting with natural beauty.

Il Tempio della Concordia nella Valle dei Templi

“THE MOST BEAUTIFUL OF MORTAL CITIES”

This is how the famous poet Pyndar defined Agrigento. Around Agrigento there are many localities worth visiting with particular attention, due to their wealth of history and unique beauty.

Teatro Massimo di Palermo

THE FULCRUM OF THE MEDITERRANEAN

Situated in the centre of the Mediterranean, the city of Palermo has always been a strategic place for transit and a popular port for commercial and merchant traffic.

Panoramica della città

THE ANCIENT “HYBLA HERAEA”

Founded by the Sicilians, over the centuries this city has been subject to continuous dominations. The area surrounding Ragusa is not only known for its numerous historical cities, but also for agriculture and its products that are extremely important for the local economy.

Acireale. Panorama dal mare  (foto della Regione di Sicilia)

THE HOT CITY OF CATANIA

The city is characterised by an almost torrid climate, especially in summer, and by the presence of rich and florid vegetation. A visit to the plains of Catania is a must. Known in the past for its fertile land, it now houses vine and citrus cultivations. There are also many other places nearby that have an important role in history and in the fortune of this area such as Acireale, Aci Castello, Adrano, Caltagirone and Randazzo.

Letojanni, foto di Michael Giorgio Castielli (www.wikipedia.it)

Letojanni

The beauty of the sea and the Sicilian landscape mix together with history and old traditions in the town of Letojanni, situated between Messina and Catania along the east coast of Sicily and not many kilometres from the magical Taormina, with which it forms a continual fascination.

Cattedrale di Caltanissetta (www.sikelia.com)

THE ARABIAN “KASTRA NISSA”

Caltanissetta started life under Arabian rule, whilst its true origins remain a mystery. In its surrounding areas there are many villages to visit that remind us of the ancient role of the city, an important mining centre in the Mediterranean area.

La facciata barocca del Duomo (home.hio.no)

SYRACUSE, CAPITAL OF THE MAGNA GRAECIA

There are numerous beautiful monuments to visit that testify the ancient splendour of this city. The surrounding area also reflects Syracuse’s alliance with the powerful Greece for numerous centuries in its towns and works of art.

San Vito Lo Capo, foto di Vanessa Van Beek (© Italiavacanze.com)

San Vito Lo Capo

An enchanting bay, white sunny beaches, fragrant mediterranean air, a crystalline sea with colours ranging from light blue to green to an intense dark blue.

Piazza Duomo (www.armerina.it)

ENNA, THE HEART OF THE ISLAND

Enna is the Island’s highest provincial capital at 1000 metres and is the only Sicilian province not to touch the sea as well as being the region’s least inhabited area.

Duomo, campanile e facciata (www.nicobastone.com)

THE MEDITERRANEAN’S PORT

During the course of numerous dominations Messina and its port have always been a nerve centre for the Mediterranean economy.

Featured