Sicily—Another Italy

Dive into Sicily

Where a sea of art, culture and nature will seduce you. Sicily is the biggest Italian island, a triangle in the Mediterranean!

Sicily symbol: The three-legged woman

A predominantly hilly and mountainous area, with its wonderful sea and rich cities with their own charm. Sicily is a postcard island characterised by the indelible signs of the peoples who have lived and made it unique, among artistic and cultural testimonies of enormous value.

Sicily is the Island of the eternal summer, of culture and archeology.

The Arab-Norman domes of Palermo and the Baroque of Catania, the temples of Agrigento and the amphitheater of Syracuse.

The irresistible delicacies of its food and wine tradition and the strength of its luxuriant nature. Sicily, and it can be love at first sight.


The very fertile volcanic land attracted Northern Greeks merchants who founded Naxos. The Greeks created commercial emporiums and Greek colonies that reached the size of flourishing cities such Syracuse, Catania, Selinunte, Agrigento, and Gela.

Then an Italic population occupied Messina, and became a Roman province with a rich agricultural production, hence we have splendid remains such Taormina and Piazza Armerina (despite the name it is a city, not a Piazza), where we have the remains of an ancient Roman Villa; Villa del Casale.

At the fall of the Western Roman Empire it was occupied by a number of conquerors, including the Arabs.

Finally the Normans landed in Sicily as well, they made it a prosperous and peaceful kingdom. Frederick II, one of the greatest monarchs of the Middle Ages, is particularly remembered from the period.

The Revolt of the Sicilian Vespers then led to the definitive expulsion of the French from Sicily and Frederick III became viceroy in Palermo, later elected King of Sicily.

An alternation of Spanish and Savoy dominions followed.

Sicily returned to the Spanish orbit with the coronation of Charles III as king of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.

With the Garibaldi enterprise the region was annexed to the Kingdom of Italy.

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I lived the most part of my life in Washington DC, now in Italy getting to know again my country. Plenty of surprises, for good and bad, and lots of nostalgia for DC.

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