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Agrigento is nuts about almonds
Thursday, November 22TH, 2012 by Anna De Filippo
Agrigento is Nuts about Almonds   Agrigento is certainly famous for the production of its  cannoli siciliani, cassate and other local foods, but there is  another thing this area is known for: almonds. More than the fruit itself, Agrigento is renowned for the festivals celebrated in its honor, a true touristic attraction. Two events are of particular interest: the Sagra del Mandorlo in Fiore and the Mandorlara. La sagra del Mandorlo in Fiore, the festival of  blooming almond trees. The town flourishes in the month of February thanks to this event, where folkloristic groups and local...
Sicily: the Grand Tour is still alive
Monday, July 18TH, 2011 by Anonymous
Sicily is the largest of the Mediterranean's islands. Because of its location and its history, it is one of Italy's major tourist destinations, both for its beaches and its cultural offerings. Touring Sicily would take months in itself because there's simply so much to do and see, so we are forced to make a hard choice and limit our tour to the best-known locations, hoping to be able to get back another time to discover the hidden gems we're going to miss this time. In the 18th century, Italy was a mandatory stop in the so called Grand Tour, an educational journey made by scions of the...
Sicily: Beyond mafia and stereotypes
Wednesday, February 16TH, 2011 by Glauco
The Greek theatre in Taormina and the Aetna (photo from Siciliae.com)Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean, and one of the most beautiful regions in the world. It is multi-cultural; many different races and religions have found home throughout the millennia. From Greeks to Arabs, from French to Spaniards, from Italians to Americans, this incredible island has shaped an identity of its own with amazing cities, great food and fantastic people who are proud of being Sicilians and Italians. This pride comes through in the art, music, and literature - in fact, some of the highest forms...
Aeolian Islands
Monday, January 11TH, 2010 by ancos
Aeolian Islands - View The Aeolian Islands or the Lipari Islands is an archipelago of volcanic islands located north of Sicily. The Islands are known to be a very popular tourist destination during summer, and attract more than 200,000 visitors each year. The islands had been declared a world heritage site in the year 2000 because of their unique geological features. There are 8 main islands which make up the archipelago.   Geography and Geology of the Islands The shape of the present archipelago is due to the volcanic activity that took place 260,000 years ago. There are two islands...
Villa Romana del Casale
Monday, January 11TH, 2010 by ancos
Sicily - Piazza Armerina Villa Romana del Casale is an ancient Roman estate located outside Piazza Armerina in the Sicilian countryside. Built in the 4th century BC the villa was originally the center of an agricultural estate. Since the 19th century excavations have taken place at the site and some of the world's most beautiful examples of Roman mosaics have been uncovered.       Piazza Armerina - Villa Romana del Casale - Map - Courtesy of Bjs/Wikimedia History of the Villa The villa was constructed by the Romans in the 4th century AD on the site of an older castle. Even after the...
  The Pantalica Necropolis - Panorama Syracuse and the necropolis of Pantalica are two different Sicilian sites that contain archeological remains that date back to Greek and Roman times. In Pantalica, the necropolis holds more than 5,000 tombs carved into the rock close to the stone quarries. Most of these tombs date between the 7th to 13th centuries BC. There are also several ruins from the Byzantine era, out of which the Prince's Palace is the most noteworthy. Ancient Syracuse still has the foundations of the old city, which was laid during the Greek period, around the 8th century BC...
Shopping in Sicily
Monday, January 11TH, 2010 by ancos
  Sicilian Landscape   Vacations in Italy are often about relaxing on beaches and touring monuments, but most visitors are also eager to do a little shopping along the way. Whether it be a souvenir or a regional delicacy the island of Sicily offers much in the way of shopping. A beautiful and rugged island, Sicily is located on the southern tip of Italy, seperated from Calabria by the Strait of Messina. In the summer months the weather in Sicily is hot and the island offers much to see and do. The region of Sicilia is known for its rich and unique culture; its wealth of literature,...
Archaeological Area of Agrigento
Wednesday, December 23TH, 2009 by ancos
Agrigento - Hera's Temple Agrigento is located in the region of Sicily and was once one of the great cities of the ancient world. Founded in the 6th century BC as a Greek colony known as Akragas, the city was more recently inscribed to the UNESCO World Heritage site list in 1997 due to its rich archeological remains. Several ancient temples were built in the town, several of which are still intact. Excavation works continue in the area in an attempt to locate new Hellenistic and Roman ruins.   The Hill of the Ancient Temples The city of Agrigento is spread over two hills and is located...
Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto
Monday, December 21TH, 2009 by ancos
Baroque in Val di Noto Sicily has eight towns located on its southeast coast that were destroyed during an earthquake in 1693. Each of these towns were rebuilt in magnificent style that represents the high level of architectural and artistic achievement of what is known as Sicilian Baroque. These towns not only maintain the late Baroque style of the era, but also illustrate unique town planning.   The Earthquake 54 cities and 300 villages were severely damaged during the 1693 Sicilian earthquake. The city of Catania was severely damaged and the city of Noto was completely...
Salina
Monday, November 30TH, 2009 by ancos
Salina Salina is the second largest in the archipelago of the Aeolian Islands and is quite different in landscape than the rest of the islands. Due to its numerous fresh water springs, the island is quite green. The island is listed in the UNESCO world heritage list due to its volcanoes. The island is composed of six different volcanoes, and the two most important ones are Monte Fossa Delli Fecci and Monte dei Porri. Both of these volcanoes are quite well preserved. The island is made up of three small towns and some villages and the population of the entire town is approximately 4000. As...

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