(Sicilia) is the largest Mediterranean
island, separated from the Italian peninsula by the strait of Messina
and is situated near the Northern coast of Africa.
are many places which are really worth visiting and spending time:
and Mount Etna Europe's highest and most active volcano (3,323 meters)
near Catania in the north east of the island, the majestic monuments
in the Valle dei Templi (Valley of the Temples) of Agrigento, the
beautiful Trapani area and Erice.
coasts offer a landscape of fascinating beauty almost everywhere.
There are hundreds of beautiful beaches, most famous are:
Vito lo Capo, Scopello,
Taormina, and groups
of marvelous smaller islands are scattered round the coast: the
the Egadi islands,the
isle of Pantelleria
and the Pelagie.
west side of the island has beautiful scenery namely the Zingaro
Nature Reserve (in the Province of Trapani), and the
area of Monte Cofano with its ancient caves in Scurati. Between
Trapani and Marsala, in the protected area of Stagnone, is the Via
del Sale (The Salt Route) with windmills for processing salt, some
of which are still operating, while others are set up as historical
museums. An obligatory stop-off is the island of Mozia, once a Phoenician
settlement, with the Withaker Archaeological Museum.
the eastern side of the island is the Baroque architecture, UNESCO
heritage site, of Ragusa, Ibla, Noto, Siracusa
di melanzane (an aubergine dish);
pasta con le sarde (pasta with sardines);
pastries:cannoli alla siciliana and cassata siciliana.
Cataratto Bianco, Corinto. Frappato. Gaglioppo. Grecanico. Inzolia,
Nero D'Avola. Primitivo. Zibibbo and Moscato di Pantelleria, Malvasia.