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Regional Guide - Sicily

Sicily, joined with the historical age of Greek colonization, which began with the foundation of Naxos at the hands of Calcidesi and Siracusa (Syracuse) at the hands of the Corinthians, in the mid-eighth century BC.

Wherever you turn you will see evidence of Sicily’s 3,000 years of history as the strategic crossroads of Europe. Nowhere else have Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans, French, Germans, Spanish, Italians, and even the British, left such an enormous collective legacy. The island is a vast open-air museum, a testament to nearly every Mediterranean civilization of the past.

There are many historical and archeological sites to see, including the Greek temples of Agrigento, the Roman mosaics of Piazza Amerina and the many Greek and Roman amphiteaters, such as those in Segesta, Siracusa or Taormina.

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean, and the largest region in Italy. It’s packed with things to see and places to go, so you shouldn’t expect to “do” it all in one go.

This is especially true if we include Sicily’s delightful archipelago, the Aeolian Islands, the Egadi Islands and the Pelagie, all supremely worth a visit.

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