Sicily

Thursday, January 29th, 2015
messina
   The old town of Messina, Sicily Ph. depositphotos/matfron   Messina is the third largest city in the region of Sicily, in Italy. It is mainly an agricultural center and a busy port, which is a focal point for ferries travelling to various other destinations along the coast. The important international fair of Sicily is held here every year and, beneath its urban façade, Messina is a culturally and historically important town that has had its
Thursday, January 15th, 2015
agrigento
 Agrigento is Nuts about Almonds   Agrigento's Valle dei Templi Ph. depositphotos/foottoo     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
Tuesday, November 11th, 2014
capuchin crypt palermo
All Souls and All Saints days may be gone, but November remains a month very much dedicated to our faithful departed in Italy. Here is another interesting article about one of the most suggestive death-related places in the country, the Capuchins Crypt in Palermo. A catacomb filled with the remains of many a friar, as well as lay people, the Crypt is a place of eternal rest, prayer  and reflection, which can be respectfully visited. Let us take a walk through its corridors.
Sunday, October 5th, 2014
Favignana Sicily
Cala Rossa, beautiful beach in Favignana, Sicily Ph. depositphoto/chrupka   Favignana is a butterfly shaped island considered to be the largest among the Egadi. The other main islands of the Aegadian archipelago are Levanzo, Marettimo, Maraone and Formica. This island is located in the midst of the Mediterranean Sea and is at a distance of around 9 miles from Trapani. It takes around 20 minutes with hydrofoil or one hour to reach this place using ferry services. The two
Thursday, September 18th, 2014
sicily
Sicilia - Sicily Sicily, Sicily By GK Stritch   Sicily, Sicily, Hot Southern Italy Lampedusa's Leopard And hearty goat shepherds Nonne black dresses Girls with dark tresses Gelato and ices Pasta and vices Clemenza unholy Take the cannoli Pagliacci sad clown Thin pizza uptown       The world's first multicultural society was in Sicily. Today, it is Europe's most historically cosmopolitan region. The land is full of archaeological wonders. Amazing art, folklore
Friday, September 12th, 2014
lipari
Harbor in Lipari Ph. wikicommons/Clemensfranz   Lipari is a popular tourist spot and is the largest of the Aeolian Islands, along the north coast of Sicily. It is considered a main center of transportation and can be reached by ferry from Milazzo, which is the nearest port in Sicily. The Aeolian islands are renowned among rich Italians, including fashion models and business tycoons, who come to this place on a vacation during the summertime. There are also
Thursday, July 24th, 2014
Catania Castello di Aci Castello The castle of  Aci Castello was built in dark volcanic stone and it is situated on a cliff on the sea, not far from the town. Due to its strategic position, this place was used as a fortress and it was conquered by Normans. The castle was destroyed several times and it was partly damaged by the eruption of the Etna volcano in 1169. It also witnessed the clash between Aragon family of Sicily and Anjou of Naples but later in the time it became a prison in 1787
Thursday, July 24th, 2014
castles Italy
The central section of Sicily includes a number of beautiful castles that can be visited among the provinces of Enna and Caltanissetta. In this article you will find a list of some of the best castles that you can find here, with some useful information about the past of the area and its legends:   Enna  Castello di Lombardia   This is considered the most ancient and majestic castles all over Sicily. Even if the castle of Lombardia recalls the northern region of the country and its name is
Thursday, July 24th, 2014
Sicily is the region with the highest number of castles in the country. It would be impossible to visit all the castles present on the island but here is some of the must-to-visit reduced in a short selection in the Western side of the territory:  Agrigento Castle of Racalmuto  Most of the castles in the region have Swabian origins and the Castle of Racalmuto is one of these. The monument is an example of military architecture founded under the king Ruggero d'Altavilla but later inhabited by
Friday, July 11th, 2014
mt. etna
  Mt. Etna Crater and the town of Catania in the background Ph. depositphotos/martinm303   The eastern coast of Sicily has historically been one of the most geologically active in all of Europe, dominated by the hulking mass of Mount Etna, Italy's largest active volcano. Etna's fiery history has been documented since ancient times, bestowing its slopes and the plain of Catania with rich and fertile volcanic soil. Today Etna continues to spew forth molten lava, smoke and ash
Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
Frederick II with Eagle Frederick of Hohenstaufen (known in Italian as Federico VII Hohenstaufen di Svevia, Federico I di Sicilia, and Federico II del Sacro Romano Impero), was the larger-than-life King of Sicily, Holy Roman Emperor and (briefly) King of Jerusalem - a true legend in his own time. Better known as Frederick II (Federico II) , he was unlike any other Medieval ruler, possessing the mind of a scientist, the soul of a poet and the iron will of an autocrat.
Friday, June 1st, 2012
terrasini shorline For many third-generation Sicilian Americans, concepts of the "old country" are vague and it is often hard to get any real information about your ancestry. My family was no different, as none of my blood relatives have been to Sicily, let alone our hometown of Terrasini. In fact most of my community can trace at least one ancestor to this small village west of Palermo and those lucky enough to go has said wonderful things about the place. Therefore during my backpacking trip
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Levanzo Levanzo, one of the most beautiful islands is located close to Trapani and it is known to be the smallest of islands among the Aegadian islands. It is the one of the major tourist attractions known for its natural charm and beauty as compared to most of the other islands. Levanzo is surrounded by the blue green waters of the Mediterranean Sea along the north of Favignana close to Sicily. As compared to other islands, it is less developed, but still it has many visitors, as it is clean
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  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
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Aeolian Islands Vulcano is one of the Aeolian islands located across the North of Sicily. This place has a growing appeal among the travelers owing to the presence of hot springs and its lovely black sand beach. Besides, this island offers lot of good opportunities for visitors to take baths in the natural mud baths and also experience the journey of climbing to reach the summit of the volcano. As you land in this place through a ferry, you will be able to experience the breathtaking beauty of
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Panarea Panarea is a small island located off the Sicilian coast and is one of the Aeolian Islands. Out of the eight islands that make up the chain of the Aeolian Islands, Panarea is the second smallest. The island is only 3 Km long and 2 Km wide and there are only around 280 permanent residents on the island which makes it a very charming island. Recently, the island has become a very important tourist destination for wealthy tourists, most of whom explore the coast on their
Friday, June 1st, 2012
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
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Sicialian Pupi Any visitor to Palermo has seen them: Shops selling wooden marionettes, bedecked in bronze armor with historic names like Orlando and Rinaldo. They may look like tacky souvenirs made for the tourist market but these marionettes are a core symbol of Sicilian folk-art and as integral to the Island's cultural identity as painted horse carts and cannoli. The marionettes are the major props in the Opera dei Pupi, a traditional form of Sicilian entertainment that is trying to survive
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Enna Enna is a city located in central Sicily in Italy. Enna has been known to be one of the most panoramic locations in Sicily and has also been frequently known as the Navel of Sicily. Through the years Enna has been an agricultural and working class town, known to the seat of the goddess of fertility. Enna has always been an important agricultural center, supplying wheat, cane and cotton to the surrounding areas in the past centuries during the rule of the Arabs, Greeks and the Romans and
Friday, June 1st, 2012
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
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Aeolian Islands Among the Aeolian Islands, Stromboli is the smallest of islands located across the Tyrrhenian Sea, just to the north of Sicily. In fact, Stromboli is an active volcano in a continuous state of activity known for its violent eruptions. The volcanic island is about 900 metres in height, but reaches down to 2000 metres below sea level. It is regarded as one of the biggest active volcanos, after Etna, in Europe. Visitors can enjoy the breathtaking view of the
Friday, June 1st, 2012
View of Trapani Trapani was once situated in the heart of a very powerful trading center, even today its important harbor is extremely precious to Sicily, and this is where the tourists from the neighboring cities enter Sicily. On the outside, the city might seem like an urban maze of buildings and wires but once you explore the real Trapani, you would be amazed at the culture and beautiful architecture and the softness of the city. The Baroque buildings and the churches, the picturesque
Friday, June 1st, 2012
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
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Sicilian man walking the old streets of Sicily The island of Sicily has always been a different entity compared to the rest of Italy. It is geographically closer to Africa than to Europe, culturally influenced by thousands of years of conquerors and linguistically distinct due in part to its tumultuous history. Today Sicily has been incorporated into the larger Italian culture thanks in part to better education and mass media but Sicilians still think of their island home first and Italy
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  The sun rises over the roofs of Catania Ph. flickr/cristiano corsini   Catania is located on the eastern coast of Sicily in Italy and is the second largest city in Sicily. It is located at the foot of the biggest volcano in Europe, Mount Etna. Catania is a major transport hub, university center and economic hub in the area and is known for its active nightlife and vibrant culture. Catania is also known for its architecture which is mostly Baroque and urban style due to the
Friday, June 1st, 2012
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
Friday, June 1st, 2012
    View of Palermo   Palermo is the capital of Sicily in Italy and one of the biggest cities in the country. Palermo is unique in its own right; its raw pulsating energy cannot be matched by many cities in Italy. Being in Palermo would feel to most like being in a treasure hunt since most of the city's jewels lay hidden, and that's what makes it so precious since not many tourists know about some of the best places in the city. Palermo has had an evocative history, part
Friday, June 1st, 2012
View of Pantelleria If you are looking forward to having an enjoyable vacation on a lovely island with natural surroundings, then Pantelleria off the island of Sicily is a good choice. Pantelleria is located at around 30 miles from Africa and belongs to the province of Trapani, which is among the southern most parts of Europe. This place is known for its natural hot springs, fantastic sea view and was formed as a result of volcanic eruptions. People come here to view the natural coastline of
Friday, June 1st, 2012
The Ear of Dioniso Even though Siracusa, or as it is popularly known, Syracuse is not as big as some of the other cities in Sicily, it remains the most visited location in Sicily. The reason for its popularity is that it is a dense mixture of civilizations and cultures. It was once known to be the most beautiful city of the ancient world, standing parallel to Athens in terms of beauty and prestige. Passed on from the hands of different rulers, Siracusa has managed to retain a little bit of
Friday, June 1st, 2012
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
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Panoramic view of Caltanissetta Ph. flickr/Fernando Garcia   Caltanissetta is quite a large city in Sicily; the city is located in an area surrounded by rolling hills and smaller cities and villages. Caltanissetta is a major hub for transport and trade in the region and has had a long impressive history. The origins of the city can be traced back to 406 BC when a fort was built here by Admiral Nicia. The city has been exchanged through many hands during the past centuries and
Friday, June 1st, 2012
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
Friday, June 1st, 2012
villa romana del casale
 Piazza Armerina in Enna, Sicily Ph. flickr/nemomemini   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 -
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Palermo (Sicily) Itineraries and Tours   Palermo Sicily is said to be one of the places in Italy where “life is lived in the moment”, and to those who have ever visited this couldn’t be more true. There is an overwhelming amount of artistic excellence that fills the streets of Sicily. With its incredible history and fervor, Sicily holds a sensual experience and a moral ambivalence that are attractive and unique. This City offers such great diversity with its architectures,
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Marettimo blue grotto Among the Aegadian islands, Marettimo is the second largest island known for its natural beauty, which attracts visitors coming to this scenic spot. This island is located across the West coast of Sicily at a distance of around 40 kms surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea. The clean and unspoilt beaches along with the scenic beauty of the mountains here offer lot of opportunities for exploring this island. This island is quite remote and offers lot of peace and tranquility
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  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
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Agrigento beach Agrigento is a city on the southern coast of Sicily in Italy, famous for its Valley of Greek temples. The city, surrounded by greenery and perched on the hill is magnificent, and one of the most important tourist destinations in Sicily. Modern Agrigento is a vibrant and a pulsating city that caters to every need of the tourists that visit here. The valley of the Greek temples was first put on the map in the 18th century by Goethe and since then has been the most visited place
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Lampedusa Island, Sicily   Lampedusa is an island located in the Pelagie group of Islands in Sicily in Italy. The island is the largest one in the group of islands and is the southernmost island in Sicily; it is situated in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. The island is only 3 Km wide and is 12 Km long. Lampedusa has a very vibrant culture and a historic past since over the centuries it had been inhabited by quite a lot of different nationalities and tribes including the Romans
Friday, June 1st, 2012
   The town of Ragusa at sunrise Ph. flickr/Nils Merker   Ragusa is a town in Sicily, Italy that has managed to remain untouched and unaffected by the tourism in the region. Ragusa is a very unique town since it is aristocratic and grand as well as urban and modernistic at the same time. The town is divided in two parts, the older Ragusa and the new Ragusa, both unique in their own way and totally different than each other. In 1693 Ragusa was devastated by an earthquake and