Travel guide Sicily

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean. Formerly called Trinacria by the Greeks, she managed over time to forge a genuine cultural and gastronomic identity influenced by its numerous invasions by the Greeks, the Romans, the Normans, the Swabians, the Angevin and the Aragonese. Sicily is covered with citrus groves exhaling all around a delicious fragrance of orange blossoms. This region of Italy offers many contrasts in architecture, seascapes, mountain and volcano country.
Red Palermo, Palermo the child ... Red, such is Palermo as we imagine it, like Tyre, Sidon,or Carthage, as the purple of the Phoenicians, red and plump, his land is watered by the sources on which stands, high and thin, the palm tree bends under the caress of the winds, cool shadows, echoes and nostalgia of the oasis, green mosque, carpet of rest and prayer, the image of the eternal garden of the Koran. Child, this is Palermo asleep , motionless and happy with her beauty, has always been dominated by foreigners, but also by his mother, a devouring Mediterranean mother keeping her children in an eternal adolescence. She surrenders, lush and soft, on a happy shell... Excerpt from "La Sicilia passeggiata", Vincenzo Consolo
Around Palermo
Enjoy a getaway outside the city to discover Mondello, holiday resort of the wealthy Palermo, characterized by beautiful "liberty" villas. Cefalù, fishermen village nestled between the sea and a limestone promontory, has preserved its medieval-style around the Norman cathedral built in the XIIth century. With its Norman-Arab cathedral and cloister dating from the XII century, Monreale represents a must see.
Madonie and Nebrodi regional parks
Natural parks of Madonie and and Nebrodi offer spectacular scenery of gentle slopes becoming steeper where limestone dominates. Charming medieval villages are perched at 1000m altitude in scenic spots above the valleys. The wildlife is varied and preserved. Take the scenic drives offering a range of different views. Must-see: Petralia Soprana, Petralia Sottana, Polizzi Generosa, Sperlinga and its castle fortress, Gangi and Pollina.

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VISIT Sicily is a large island; it is preferable to arrange the itinerary in advance and choose between the western and eastern part of the island if you don't have enough days. GETTING ABOUT Egadi Islands are located 15 minutes from Trapani and therefore allow greater flexibility. In contrast, the Aeolian Islands are more remote from the coasts and so require more organization. The car is in any case essential to travel to Sicily. GETTING THERE By plane: Palermo, Catania, Trapani, Comiso (Ragusa) airports
By boat: Palermo and Messina harbours