The region of Sicily is a literal roadmap for the history of Western Civilization. Through its ancient castles and deserted churches, travelers can uncover a world created and touched by the Romans and Greeks. The most noticeable remnants of ancient Roman occupation can be found in amphitheatres at Taormina and Siracusa, as well as in that city’s Christian catacombs. In addition, the Phoenicians sailed from their native land of Carthage to create the city of Palermo, and the Greeks colonized large portions of the island. Exploring this history in person is a must for anyone looking to tour Italy.
The Sicilians display some of the Greek’s best preserved and most exquisite temples, found at Agrigento, Selinunte, and Segesta. In close proximity to these ancient sites, is the land where the Greeks planted Sicily’s first olive trees and grape vines.
With fewer remaining relics, the Spanish, French, and Arabs also had a hand in the creation of this stunning island region. Other areas of great interest in Sicily are its three active volcanoes, most notably, Mount Etna. The others, Stromboli and Vulcano, can both be found in the Aeolian Islands.
Among the region’s miles of coastline, the northern stretch is considered to be the most striking. Tourists are of course driven to this region for its year round warmth and refuge from winter. While other regions of Italy are enveloped in cold weather and often blanketed in snow, the southern region of Sicily maintains its sunny disposition.
If you’re looking to go on a tour package to Italy, the Sicily Region is a must. Italy4Real can accommodate and customize any Italy tour package for this region!