This is an excerpt from the book “Sicily”.
Do you want to learn about Greece? So come to Sicily. It is a paradox, for sure, but only to a certain extent. The Greek cities of Sicily (Agrigento, Selinunte, Segesta, Syracuse, to mention the most important) were among the most beautiful of the Hellenic world.
Nowadays, to visit the Valley of Temples at Agrigento or to watch a summer performance in the great Greek Theatre of Syracuse is to plunge yourself into the remote Hellenic past.
And this is also true in Sicily for many other historical eras and civilizations, from the Spanish to the French. With the sole exception of Arab rule, that has left scarce physical testimony.
Sicily is a book of history and art history, a compendium of the greatest civilizations and cultures of all time. A sunny island whose landscape is rich in contrasts, with a splendid coastline and a refined, delicious and varied cuisine of traditional flavors and exquisite aromas: the quintessence of Mediterranean culture, yet also dense with intellectual complexity and refinement, so well represented by the literary masterpieces of Luigi Pirandello, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, Leonardo Sciascia, Gesualdo Bufalino and today, Andrea Camilleri.
Every style, every movement in art is richly represented in Sicily, in cities like Palermo, Catania, Caltanissetta, Enna, Syracuse, Ragusa, Trapani, Agrigento, and Messina, and in small towns, like Cefalù, clustered around its Norman cathedral, or Noto, with its extraordinary Baroque cathedral, or Taormina, with its splendid Greco-Roman theatre.
Aeolian Islands – Vulcano
Agrigento and Selinunte
Caltanisetta the castles
Enna archeology: Centuripe
Enna archeology: Morgantina
Enna archeology: Necropolis of Realmese
Enna archeology: Villa Romana del Casale
Messina, to see…
Messina, the legend of Ruggero and Morgana
Messina Peloritani Mountains
Palermo the city
Palermo: Le Madonie Mountains
Palermo the sea coast
Ragusa: Donnafugata Castle
Rural destinations from Palermo
Syracuse: Greek Syracuse
Syracuse: Traditional festivities
Trapani: Tonnara di Favignana
Trapani: Riserva dello Zingaro
The Castles of Frederick II in Sicily