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Travel and Holiday to south Italy, Sicily, Etna, Eolian Islands, Agrigento, Taormina, Capo d'Orlando, Palermo, accommodation by the sea or rural

Official Regione Siciliana Web Site

Welcome to Southern Italy - Friendly People - Azure skies - Cristal clear sea - and much more...


           


 Wine & Food     Mount Etna     Eolian Islands     Pantelleria     Lampedusa     Ustica


 

 

 


 

Discover this wonderful island, home of great historic and romantic sites like Agrigento and Taormina and only few hours away from other beautiful locations of Southern Italy like Calabria and it's wonderful rugged coast, Campania and it's splendid sites like the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento, Capri, or even Apulia and it's characteristic Trulli Houses.

This beautiful island hosts the Mount Etna, Europe's highest and most active volcano, which looms menacingly over the eastern end of the island. If you are lucky, you could witness the glow of molten lava flowing from fissures in the rock and the most spectacular fireworks display you have ever seen.

This is the island where Africa meets Europe blending Baroque with Classical. Sicily is a land where not only you can sit and enjoy the heat of the sun but also discover and explore its Greek Temples, Baroque churches and any other historical site you can find. No need for great studies to make great discoveries: Sicily will just show them to you, with all their glamour.

 

The name of Sicily has varied and adapted various times going from Trinacria to Sicel and finally to Sicily, but the changing rule over Sicily, from the early Greeks and Romans to the day Italian Republic, has yielded a strong and unique culture. It features sprawling green hills to perched villages, to walks beside the 15th century lava of Mount Etna, the choice to visit this Diamond of the Mediterranean is endless and inspiring.

Sicily's position in the Mediterranean, lying as it does between Europe and Africa, has over the centuries, made the island a strategic centre for trade. However, it has also been target of many invasions by foreign conquerors, including a brief occupation by the British in the early part of the 19th century.

 



 

The Nature and Variety of Sicily's cuisine has surely been influenced by it's history the regions history, in fact the influences from North Africa, Greece and Spain are evident.

Sicily is very well known nationally for its wonderful sweet dishes. The most famous are the "Cannoli", deep fired pastries stuffed with ricotta, and rolled in bitter chocolate, many have tried to repeat the recipe out side of this region but Sicily's Cannolo is "best served in Sicily" and doesn't even taste the same if you'd try to take it with you in Calabria that can be only few minutes away with the "Traghetto".

Seafood is abundant, fresh, and presented in great variety. This swordfish dish is a must, "Pescespada" stuffed with brandy, Mozzarella and herbs cooked on a charcoal grill.

 


Souvenirs & Suggestions


 

Taormina has many exclusive boutiques, where you can find the top designer labels. A relaxing walk along the "Corso Umberto" is a must for the fashion conscious, either just to window shop, or maybe for that special purchase.

Why not take home with you one of those colourful ceramics, with such diversity of design and style , they always remind you of that warm, hot diamond of the Mediterranean, Sicily.

Try the world famous fortified Marsala wine, produced only in Sicily, similar to the UK's known Port wine, you'll surely like to take a taste of Sicily back home with you.

 


Myth


 

Sicily was chosen by the gods of the Olympus as the scene of their stories of love and hatred, of passion and revenge, of sudden wrath and deep compassion.

One day, to free her daughter Proserpine from the insistent courting of Apollo and Mars, Ceres decides to hide her in a safe place: Sicily. But as Proserpine is picking flowers along the banks of Lake Pergusa near Enna, she is sighted by Pluto, the god of the underworld, who wants her as his bride. Pluto was a god with rough manners, so he breaks out of the round, carries away poor Proserpine on a golden chariot pulled by four black horses and disappears into an abyss that breaks open near the spring of Arethusa. Only the nymph Cyane hears her cries and rushes to her aid, but will be punished for doing so.
Ceres starts her wanderings across the island to seek her lost daughter and uses the firebrands lit in the Etna to dispel the shadows of the night.
  The pain-stricken goddess of fertility leaves everything to wither away and perish. After losing her sickle in
Trapani
(believed by some to be at the origin of the cape in front of the city), the goddess reaches the court of King Keleus who generously gives refuge to her. To thank him for his hospitality, Ceres raises his son Triptolemus and reveals to him the secrets of agriculture. The goddess's grief touches Zeus who sends Hermes to intercede with Pluto to release Proserpine who in the meantime has eaten the pomegranate (the fruit symbolizing the bounds of love). She agrees provided that she can return to him in the underworld for a part of the year. This explains the passing of the seasons and the rites dedicated by man in their honour to propitiate a fruitful season and to favour the return to the goddess on earth.

Erice too was the scene of godly events. According to tradition, Astarte, the goddess of fecundity, lived there. A huge bonfire burned in her temple to guide sailors at sea to the port like a beacon in the night. Once ashore, they would pay homage to the goddess in the temple where once a year the sacred doves would be set free to reach the homonymous twin temple of Sicca Veneria (today Kef) in Tunisia (their flight is remembered in the city's coat of arms).
The vast expanse of the plain of Milazzo was chosen by a god as the pasture for his herd. The port of Messina was the work of Orion, the titan punished by the gods. Akragas was a giant born of Zeus and the nymph Sterpes. The construction of the city bearing his name is attributed to the work of his powerful arms.