Sicily: what to see on the island


What to see in Sicily, itinerary including monuments and main places of interest, including Etna volcano and interesting cities such as Palermo, Catania and Syracuse.

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Over the centuries, the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs and Normans have passed through Sicily, leaving behind important signs that can be found, for example, in the Valley of the Temples of Agrigento, in the beautiful mosaics of the Cathedral of Monreale and in the necropolis of Pantalica.

Etna, which is the highest volcano in Europe with its 3340 meters above sea level, is still active and is located on the east coast of Sicily between the cities of Catania and Messina.

Palermo, which is the regional capital and fifth in Italy by population, represents the main cultural, historical and administrative center of the Sicily region. Thanks to the millennial history that distinguishes it, Palermo boasts an excellent artistic heritage that includes some remains of Punic walls, liberty villas, buildings built in Arabic style, baroque churches and neoclassical theaters.

Messina, for its geographical position which sees it located in Capo Peloro in the extreme north-eastern tip of Sicily and near the homonymous strait, it is also called the door of Sicily. The city of Messina, almost totally destroyed in 1908 by a disastrous earthquake and subsequently rebuilt, has a regular urban layout with wide and straight roads.

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Catania, which rises along the east coast of the island right at the foot of the Etna volcano and halfway between Messina and Syracuse, was destroyed in the past by various volcanic eruptions.

Enna it is a small town of not even thirty thousand inhabitants, known above all for being the highest provincial capital of Italy.

Syracuse, located on the southeastern coast of the island, owes its name to the Sicilian term Syraca which means abundance of water and extends over the promontory of the island of Ortigia and partially on the mainland.

Trapani, also known as the city of salt and sailing, is located between two seas and for this reason it has a marked Mediterranean climate which gives it mild winters and not sultry summers.

Taormina It is located in the province of Messina and represents a major tourist attraction thanks to its landscape, made of natural beauty and ancient monuments.

- Le Gorges of Alcantara they are located in the Alcantara Valley and have maximum heights of up to 25 meters. It is a natural canyon not dug by water but generated by seismic events from the past which, splitting the old lava flow created by eruptions of Etna in two, made the water penetrate between the two parts.

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