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Sicily

Sicily, the most richly gifted island in the Mediterranean, offers a uniqueness all its own. Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Spaniards and Normans have all left a strong imprint on this slice of paradise. In addition to impressive monuments and masterpieces, the island offers a diversity of landscapes; sandy beaches, rolling hills, rugged mountains, and the magnificent volcano Mt. Etna. Sicily offers bright sun, blue skies and the warm hospitality of Sicilians.

Taormina

Taormina overlooks one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. The majestic volcano Mount Etna towers above the wonderful bay of Isola Bella and the beaches of Mazzarò and Giardini Naxos forming an enchanting background to the ancient Greek Theatre. A stroll through downtown offers panoramic terraces, cobbled stairs and winding streets full of small cafes and shops. Here you will experience a magical atmosphere as you admire medieval palaces, churches and beautiful villas. Taormina offers the perfect location for travelers to explore the coast and discover the sun-baked towns of eastern Sicily and the Aeolian Islands.

Siracusa

Set in breathtaking natural surroundings, Siracusa is rich in cultural history. Founded by the Greeks in the 7th Century, it was considered the most important city in the civilized world by the 15th century. Today it is home to one of the largest Greek theatres in the world, ancient Roman ruins and a wide array of Baroque monuments. Joined to the mainland of Siracusa by two bridges is the magnificent island of Ortigia. Wandering its fascinating web of narrow streets will lead you past ancient palaces and churches to two magnificent main piazzas.

Ragusa

A UNESCO World Heritage conservation site, Ragusa is built on a wide limestone hill between two deep valleys. It is a city with two souls: the "young" with a modern aspect, Ragusa Superiore and the "old", Ibla. Ibla is the heart of the city, with Baroque masterpieces and an urban landscape unique in the world. The beautiful baroque Saint George's Cathedral predominates, while all around it is an interlacement of alleys, courtyards and short flights of steps that lead to elegant mansions and splendid churches. In the immediate outskirts lies Castello di Donnafugata (Castle of Donnafugata), an exemplary aristocratic residence tracing back to the second half of the 19th century, and Marina di Ragusa, a beautiful resort with long beaches of golden sand and a vibrant nightlife.

Modica

Located just a few miles from Ragusa is Modica, a UNESCO World Heritage conservation site, and a marvelous example of Sicilian Baroque style. Among the many churches and mansions worth visiting, the magnificent Saint George's church with its 250 steps stands out. During the year the city hosts a number of festivals steeped in centuries old traditions. Besides Baroque architecture and festivals, Modica is famous for its "cioccolato al pepperoncino" (chocolate infused with red peppers, rose petals, cinnamon and more).

Palermo

Palermo has an aura of faded grandeur that no other Italian city has. It encapsulates everything that Sicily is about with its magnificent palaces, the lively markets, gardens with millenarian plants. It is an intriguing city of contrasts with past elegance and modern buildings, a blend of Arab, Norman and Spanish architecture. The culture life of the city is also very intense and old traditions like the “Opera dei Pupi” (Sicilan puppet play) are still alive.

Cefalu’

A true Mediterranean jewel and a popular tourist resort, Cefalù is located 46 miles from Palermo. The town is set on the beautiful coastline of Sicily with some of the finest beaches on the island. A craggy rock, resembling a head, towers over the town. The Cathedral, begun in 1131, is a fine example of Norman architecture. Meander the narrow streets and you will get the chance to admire many churches and small Baroque and Renaissance mansions.

 
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