Sicily: The Pearl of the Mediterranean
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No vacation to Italy can be complete without visiting the pearl of the Mediterranean and the largest of the Italian islands, Sicily. Separated from the continent by the Strait of Messina and surrounded by the Ionian, the Tyrrhenian and, of course, the Mediterranean Seas, Sicily is a unique and distinct entity from the rest of Italy.
Actually, it is more than just an island, as it is the world’s first multicultural society and also Italy’s most historically cosmopolitan region. There’s no other place on Earth like it. Greek, Roman, Arab, Norman and Aragonese conquerors have transformed the landscape, so that Sicily’s diverse history has left it with an abundance of archaeological remains. After some 25 centuries of foreign domination, Sicilians are heirs to an impressive cultural legacy, from the refined architecture of Magna Graecia to a beguiling, if contradictory, artistic fusion of Arab craftsmanship and Norman austerity.
This complexity of culture is matched by a startling diversity of landscape that includes the smoldering Mt Etna, an aquamarine coastline with a tiara formed by the Aeolian Islands and Parco Naturale Regionale Delle Madonie. A land rich in history and culture, Sicily is home to lively, enticing cities of art, ancient fishermen’s villages where time seems to have come to a standstill, and amazing natural wonders. Nature seems to have endowed all its wonders to this land: mountains, hills and above all the sea, with its incredible colors, its crystal-clear water and the beauty of its sea-beds, is in no way inferior to any other similar arrangement.
Sicily is undoubtedly a great destination for Italy vacations and can be discovered, understood and experienced through a series of itineraries dedicated to areas of interest ranging from nature to history to local traditions. Travel2Italy offers a variety of Sicily vacation packages, such as luxury tours and honeymoons that will definitely leave every visitor with lasting memories.