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Sicily

Overview

The largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily is surrounded by minor islands that are officially referred to as the Sicilian Region. Sicily is home to the tallest active volcano in Europe, Mount Etna. It is an absolutely gorgeous island that continues to seduce travellers from all over the world. It is a place of diverse landscapes and cultural treasures. It is home to multiple UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Valle dei Templi in Agrigento, Villa Romano del Casale a Roman villa that holds the richest, largest and most complex of Roman mosaics the world over, the volcanic archipelago the Aeolian Islands, the late Baroque towns of the Val di Noto and the Necropolis of Pantalica.

The sunny, dry climate of Sicily along with the scenery, cuisine, history and architecture attracts travellers from both overseas and mainland Italy. The busiest time for the island is during the summer months but there are tourists who visit all year round. The Capo d’Orlando has some of the best preserved temples from the ancient Greek period. Its appeal as a tourist destination increased after many scenes from Hollywood films were shot here.

Nicknamed God’s Kitchen, Sicily has a long history of producing noted cuisines and wines. Each part of Sicily has its own unique specialty food. A few examples of this include Cassata from Palermo and Granita from Catania. Most Sicilian dishes are viewed as being healthy with fruits and vegetables being used in many of them. But the best known part of Sicilian cuisine is rich sweet dishes like ice cream and pastries. Some of these include Cannoli, braccilatte, cassata and cuccia. The best time to visit the island is during the period of April to June. 

 

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