Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean and Italy. In the past, it was also known as Trinacria, since a triangle is what we get if we connect Messina, Marsala and Porto Palo with an imaginary line. The first settlements date back to 12000 BC. The ancient Phoenicians and Greeks chose Sicily for its natural coves and, in 264 BC, it became a Roman province. Sicily was conquered and dominated by many people, such the Vandals, the Goths, the Byzantines, the Arabs, the Normans, the Angevins, the Aragoneses and the Bourbons, who brought here their art and culture.
The region includes nine provinces: Ragusa, Enna, Syracuse, Messina, Agrigento, Trapani, Caltanisetta, Catania and Palermo. Among minor islands we find: the Aeolian, the Egadi and the Pelagie Islands, Pantelleria and Ustica.
Sicily is also known for its many records: Mount Etna is the highest active volcano in Europe hiding within it the southernmost glacier of the continent. There are six UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the archaeological area of Agrigento, the Villa Romana del Casale at Piazza Armerina, the Aeolian Islands, the baroque towns of Val di Noto, Siracusa and the Rocky Necropolis of Pantalica and Mount Etna.
Daniel Pennac defined Sicily as “one of the two great literary islands of the continent, the other one being Ireland”. The Sicilian School was a small community of poets gathered around Frederick II, and Giacomo da Lentini, who invented the Italian sonnet, was one of them. Verga, Luigi Capuana, Pirandello, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa and Sciascia are just some of the most popular Sicilian writers and, in more recent times, Camilleri with his popular Montalbano novels, described some Sicilian locations which attract many tourists today.
Giuseppe Tornatore, who won an Academy Award, chose Sicily for his most popular movies: Nuovo Cinema Paradiso, Malèna and Baarìa.
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Things to do during your holidays in Sicily
-You will have the chance to admire the Valley of the Temples in late February, when trails turn pink, just like flowering almond trees;
-You will visit Pirandello's house in Agrigento;
-You will discover Ortigia with its charming Cathedral, built on the ancient temple of Athena
-You will take a stroll through the streets of Erice, an old medieval town also known as "the town in the clouds"
Food & drinks in Sicily
A holiday that also offers you the chance to taste typical Sicilian food and wine. Arancini, “pani ca meusa” (spleen sandwich), sfincione (double stuffed pizza), grilled lamb intestine, boiled offal and granita are just some of the local specialties known throughout the world.
As for wines, we find Zibibbo and Nero d’Avola, as well as Marsala, the first DOC certified wine in the history of Italian wine-making.
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