Area: 25.703 km² - Population: 4.968.991
The regional capital is Palermo
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Sicily has slowly, but surely, become one of the most visited regions of Italy, because it is full of ancient history, incredible cultural places to visit, some of the best and most traditional Italian dishes come from there, because its inhabitants are some of the most lively in the whole country and, of course, because the beaches there are to die for.
If you are planning your next summer holiday and you are hoping to find a place that has everything, I just mentioned, think no more and make Sicily your next destination.
Sicily is known in Italy for having some of the best beaches in the whole country. In fact, there are so many beaches in this beautiful region that the choice is extremely wide.
One of the best areas with the most gorgeous beaches is Mondello Lido, which isn't very popular between tourists, but it is between the inhabitants of the area. There are two kilometers of wide, sandy beaches there, which are filled with young people and lots of bars open until the early hours, which makes it ideal for young people who want to have fun. In Mondello Lido you will also get the chance to practice various water sports, such as windsurf.
But if you are hoping to visit a more relaxing area, head to Mortelle. It doesn't tend to get too crowded and you will find twelve kilometers of sandy beaches, with the most incredible turquoise waters you have ever seen. This area is ideal for families with children, which means they will be able to play there and you can have a little, cute, relaxing picnic without being stressed by thousands of other people.
If what you are looking for something a little more glamorous, Lido Mazzarò, located in Taormina, is the place for you. This beach was the favorite destination of most Hollywood actors and actresses from the golden age and most of the glamour those people left behind can still be found. As you must have guessed, the beach is not free, but it is incredibly well-equipped and you will find some of the finest restaurants which serve the most exquisite dishes of the whole area. Lido Mazzarò becomes the coolest and trendiest place to be at night, thanks to the people who fill the lounge bars of the area.
But if you want to keep active while in Sicily, head over to Siracusa, in particular to Fontane Bianche. There, you will find a great sandy beach where you will be able to practice various sports, from scuba diving to windsurfing. But also, there are some tennis courts and golf courses in an extremely popular resort in the area. Also, Fontane Bianche is a great place to visit and you will find countless different shops, restaurants, bars and clubs, which means you will have a great time both in the morning and at night.
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The Pelagie Islands, which are called as isole Pelagie in Italian, lie in Agrigento province in Italy's Sicily region.
Comprising of four main islands, Lampedusa, Lampione, Rabbit Island and Linosa, this archipelago is located near Italy mainland's southern tip and is right in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, as depicted by its name Pelagie, which is derived from the Greek word, Pelagos for open sea.
The Pelagie Islands have a typical Mediterranean climate with pleasant winters and hot summers.
Apart from having fun swimming in clear blue waters and chilling out on the islands' various beaches, there are activities that visitors can enjoy.
For example, if you were to visit Linosa, the archipelago's second biggest island, you can see the nesting sites of shearwater, which is a type of bird and Carretta caretta turtles on the Pozzolan beach.
Also, there is Mount Volcano and the beauty of other volcanoes to be enjoyed in Linosa.
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The intriguing island of Sicily is Mediterranean’s largest island as well as the southern part of Italy. This island is best known for Mount Etna which is the largest active volcano in the entire region of Europe.
Sicily being one of the pearls of southern Italy and can well be discovered, experienced and understood through a series of tours to not only to areas of nature but also to those of history and the island’s immense traditions and scrumptious delicacies.
A visit to the Sicily you will not fail to notice the captivating nature’s endowment in the island ranging from hills, mountains and the sea with incredible colors and crystal clear waters. The great volcanoes and the other Mediterranean islands offer unique intense scenarios engulfing the vicinity with flavors and scents of uncontaminated nature.
Sicily is home to a vivacious culinary tradition that mixes its local delicious produce with the cooking styles drawn from many foreign rulers ranging from Arabs to Byzantines, from Spanish to Normans who have ruled Sicily earlier. The delicious produce are products from the fertile plains and rolling hills of Sicily which seem to produce unlimited quantities of nut, vegetables, fresh fruits with the livestock in the region producing sweet cheeses and meat. The surrounding fishing grounds add to this wealth by providing a variety or marine delicacies which in no doubt can make just anyone to salivate.
To round this up, Sicily is credited with producing some of the highly regarded new wines across Europe supplementing it long-renowned fruit drinks, ices and other digestives.
If you intend to give Sicily’s great delicacies a taste, your tour should start from Palermo which is surrounded by oranges of lemon groves of the Conca D’Oro. This city is a site by itself owing to its polychromatic marble of its buildings. Other attractions include the richly decorated churches and archeological sites but while on this don’t fail to visit the vibrant and colorful Vucciria which is one of the famous markets in Palermo.
Food is in plenty here ranging from fried fish everywhere with amazing ricotta-filled pastries among other delicacies which you wouldn’t possibly exhaust in a day’s visit. Starting with the setteveli, a seven layer cake that will leave you yearning for more are other foods such as the ricotta-filled cornetti, frittola, a sandwich made with meat bits and mostly covered in baskets and sold at the street corners. Have a taste of stigghiola which are calf or lamb intestines charcoal grilled at night on Palermo streets starting from 5 pm. Pane con Panelle, Pane ca’ Meusa, street fish which can be prepared as you watch and whole lot of other delicacies is what Palermo has to offer.
A further visit to Agrigento which is also one of the beautiful cities in Sicily is a place that will overwhelm you with not only its spectacular views but also another experience of charming delicacies. These range from both land and sea foods including olives, salted anchovies, sun-dried potatoes, oil preserved vegetables, artichoke, peas and other fanciful appetizers which you will enjoy before getting to the main course meals available here. The renowned pasta dishes in this region are a good star
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