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Roman and Greek Theatre, Taormina, Sicily, Italy
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Holidays In Sicily - Live Life To The Fullest   by Stanley Gallor

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Tired of your daily routine? Take a break from everyday life by planning your next holiday. Holidays not only help you live life to the fullest by experiencing new things but also help rejuvenate mentally and physically as well.

Whether you are a sea lover, a history lover, or wish to burn off some energy with some skiing, come and discover Sicily. This island in Italy has so much to offer for an enjoyable holiday.
Mt. Etna as Seen from Taormina, Taormina, Sicily, Italy
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Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Along with the main island, several smaller islands are also counted as the part of Sicily. The island is a fascinating place to be in and Sicily never disappoints its visitors.

Come and spend your holidays in Sicily - taste the diversity:

Sun-drenched beaches, charming countryside, Greek and Roman heritage and a visible contrast between tradition and modernism make Sicily an attractive location for your holiday. 

Along with its amazing coastline and tranquil landscapes, Sicily is also the location of Mount Etna - the largest active Volcano of Europe.

Once you set your mind on having Sicily holidays, rest assured that you will find suitable accommodation to fit your budget. There are plenty of hotels and Sicily villas . Luxury Sicily hotels, villas, bungalows, self catering apartments and sea-facing hotel rooms - you can choose whatever you like.

Best time to visit Sicily - Climate of Sicily:

Sicily enjoys a Mediterranean climate. However, the temperature remains comfortable through out the year. July, August and the first two weeks of September are hotter than rest of the year. The average highest temperature in Sicily is 29 degrees Celsius. The average lowest temperature is 10 degrees Celsius with the temperature reducing from December until early March.

The best times to visit Sicily are from March until June and October and November.  Sun lovers are best to visit the island from July through to September. Skiing enthusiast should plan their visit for January or February.
 Places to visit in Sicily, Attractions in Sicily - Sicily sightseeing:

Apart from the stunning shoreline of the island, there are a lot of places in Sicily that you should plan visit to make your Sicily tour complete. 

Here is a small list of key attractions in Sicily:

  • Mount Etna - the largest active volcano in Europe
  • Galleria Regionale - art museum in Palermo
  • Monreale Cathedral - twelfth century cathedral located in the suburb of Monreale and popular for its architectural beauty
  • Capuchin Catacombs - underground burial place that contains mummified remains of natives of Palermo
  • Greek Amphitheater - located in Taormina and offers an unforgettable view of Mount Etna and Mediterranean sea
  • Capo - the market in Palermo that brings back a glimpse of tenth century Arab culture
Cliff-Side Torretta Pepoli (Pepoli Turret), Erice, Sicily, Italy
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Once you land in Palermo airport, you can hire travel guide and interpreter who can guide you through out your Sicily trip, help you find Sicily hotels and make your holidays in Sicily more enjoyable. Alternatively, book your Sicily accommodation online.

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About the Author  -  Stanley Gallor is a travel writer and has contributed to many traveling portals. Stanley finds Sicily holidays very exciting and comforting. For self catering apartments and luxurious hotels in Sicily or any other part of Italy contact

Palermo Travel Guide by Max Piecesni
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Palermo is the capital of Sicily and its largest city - stupendously sited in its own wide bay underneath the limestone bulk of Monte Pellegrino. Originally a Phoenician, then a Carthaginian colony, this remarkable city was long considered a prize worth capturing. After the first Punic war it passed from the Carthaginian hands to the Romans (254 - 253 B.C.) and later became a colony under the reign of Augustus.
Mosaic Floor, Solunto, Carthaginian and Later Roman Site, East of Palermo, Sicily, Italy
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Under the Arab domination it obtains great splendour: it becomes an emirate and will hold around 300 mosques. As an Arab reporter of the time describes, from the interior rise one could admire the red domes among the green of the Conca d’Oro. Finally Palermo became Norman in 1072 with a conquest by Ruggero d’Altavilla. 

Ruggero II raises it as capital of the Sicilian Reign and Federico II Houhenstaufen crowns it Capital of the Mediterranean Culture, creating the first Sicilian school. Palermo became the greatest city in Europe, famed for the wealth of its court and peerless as a centre of learning.

In the hands of the Angevin’s it passes through a phase of decline, due to the transfer of the Reign’s Capital to Naples. For the misgovernment, the population revolts: War of the Vespers (Easter 1282). In the course of its history, Palermo always searched for independence and the role as Capital. In fact, this is revealed in the attempt of the Neapolitan Republic to impose the Bourbonist Constitution (1812). On the 27th of May 1860, the city hands itself over to Garibaldi.

The long history of the city assures that there is a lot to see, although the city as a whole, as well as some of the sights, are in need of repair.

Nowadays Palermo is a fast, brash and exciting city. The mix of arabic and viking influences is one of the strangest and unexpected surprises the city has to offer. Buildings dating from the 11th and 12th century, the heyday of Medieval Sicily, offer this peculiar quality. The most noteworthy and an absolute must is the Palazzo dei Normanni
Other interesting sights include the Quattro Canti, a nice example of Baroque architecture and the Catacombs. From the 16th to the last century local noblemen and clergy were mummified here. Very impressive are the Monastery and Cathedral of Monreale in the nearby village of Monreale (a couple of kilometers out of the city-center).

Historical Palermo sits compactly around one central crossroads, the Quattro Canti, which is at the core of four distinct quarters. The Albergheria and the Capo quarter, the latter beyond the cathedral, lie roughly west of Via Maqueda; the Vucciria and old harbour of La Cala and the La Kalsa , lie to the east, closest to the water. In these areas you'll find virtually all the surviving ancient monuments and buildings of the city, in a confusing chronological jumble. 

Each quarter, too, retains something of its medieval character in a system of run-down labyrinthine streets and alleys which speak volumes about the quality of life behind the rich churches and sights. Don't be unnecessarily wary though - most areas are perfectly safe in the daytime.

Piazza Pretoria, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
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