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Sicily (Sicilia) is a rugged and attractive island on the southern tip of Italy, and is one of the country's 20 regions. It is separated from the mainland region of Calabria by the 5km Straits of Messina. It can get very hot during the Summer, so it is better to visit during Spring and Autumn, whilst it is still quite pleasant during Winter …

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• Catania

Catania Tours, Travel & Activities

Perched at the foot of Mt Etna, Europe's highest active volcano, Catania has been submerged in lava more than a dozen times over the years, but the seafront city refuses to be overthrown by its ominous neighbor. Today, Sicily's second-largest city is one of its most charming and dynamic, a cosmopolitan university town that effortlessly blends the old and the new. Stroll around the UNESCO-listed historic center and you'll see Catania at its best - regal palazzo and baroque churches sculpted from black lava rock, grand piazzas crowded with chic bars and bistros …

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• Cefalu

Cefalu Tours, Travel & Activities

Cefalu, with its population of just under 14,000, is one of the major tourist attractions in the region. Despite its size, every year it attracts millions of tourists from all parts of Sicily and also, from all over Italy and Europe. In summer the population can triple, making the main streets and major roads in the country crowded. There is then a youthful atmosphere and a lively nightlife. Depart from Cefalù area and board from Milazzo Port to the Aeolian islands. Arrive in Panarea with a Yacht to Calayunco bay …

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• Messina

Messina Tours, Travel & Activities

The city of Messina's main resources are its seaports (commercial and military shipyards), cruise tourism, commerce, and agriculture (wine production and cultivating lemons, oranges, mandarin oranges, and olives). The city has been a Roman Catholic Archdiocese and Archimandrite seat since 1548 and is home to a locally important international fair. The city has the University of Messina, founded in 1548 by Ignatius of Loyola …

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• Palermo

Palermo Tours, Travel & Activities

Palermo, the capital of Sicily, wears the evidence of the island's various conquerors more publicly than perhaps any other Sicilian city. The variety of architectural styles is rivalled only by the variety of culinary contributions left by the Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans, and Spaniards, among others. A visit to Palermo can be confusing and somewhat overwhelming as a result, but it's always exciting. Like much of the rest of Sicily, Palermo is a little rough around the edges …

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• Ragusa

Ragusa Tours, Travel & Activities

The origins of Ragusa can be traced back to the 2nd millennium BC, when in its area there were several settlements of the ancient Sicels. The current Ragusa Ibla lies probably on one of them, identified as Hybla Heraea. The ancient city, located on a hill, 300 metres (980 ft) high, entered in contact with the nearby Greek colonies, and developed thanks to the nearby port of Camerina …

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• Syracuse

Syracuse Tours, Travel & Activities

Syrause was founded by Ancient Greek Corinthians and Teneans and became a very powerful city-state. Syracuse was allied with Sparta and Corinth and exerted influence over the entirety of Magna Graecia, of which it was the most important city. Described by Cicero as "the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all", it equaled Athens in size during the fifth century BC. It later became part of the Roman Republic and Byzantine Empire …

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• Taormina

Taormina Tours, Travel & Activities

It may be Taormina's beaches that draw people to this seaside resort these days, but like most things in Sicily, there's more to Taormina than you would first expect. In the summer months the nearby beaches are packed with sunbathers, just as they have been for more than a century, while one of Sicily's best ancient ruins overlooks the town and the sea far below. Taormina's hillside position means visitors enjoy spectacular views, and it's also why the ancient Greeks and Romans chose the location for a fortified town …

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• Trapani

Trapani Tours, Travel & Activities

Trapani was founded by the Elymians to serve as the port of the nearby city of Erice (ancient Eryx), which overlooks it from Monte San Giuliano. The city sits on a low-lying promontory jutting out into the Mediterranean Sea. It was originally named Drepana or Drépanon from the Greek word for "sickle", because of the curving shape of its harbour. Carthage seized control of the city in 260 BC, subsequently making it an important naval base, but ceded it to Rome in 241 BC following the Battle of the Aegates in the First Punic War …

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The position of Sicily as a stepping stone of sorts in the center of the Mediterranean Basin has lent it strategic importance throughout history, resulting in an endless procession of settlers and conquerors. Strong ties exist between Sicily, mainland southern Italy and Greece …

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Sicily is an autonomous region of Italy and the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, with an area of almost 10,000 squaer miles and five million inhabitants. Sicily is directly adjacent to the region of Calabria via the Strait of Messina to the east. The volcano Etna, situated close to Catania, is the tallest volcano in Europe …

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