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Sicilian Cities

Palermo

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Cathedral of Palermo

Palermo is Sicily's undisputed metropolis. In the dye in the northwest of the island, in where over 1 million inhabitants live, the economical and political threads of the island gather. Palermo still also is the hometown of the Cosa Nostra, the largest and most successful criminal organization operating world-wide (what the tourists however realizes nothing). However above all Palermo is the city, in which history until today is alive, the Sicilians left not only its traces, but also indeterminable certifications. Palermo is the large vault Sicilians.

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Cefalù

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Dome of Cefalù
The small bishop town Cefalù has a wonderful cathedral from the Norman times and one of the most important museums in Sicily. This city has a beach within the town which is two km long, and quiet bays as well as an almost perfect infrastucture with excellent restaurants and a bus line connecting ervery important points of the city and the surrounding area. The quality and the furnishing of the holiday flats, which have been built in the historic center recently, are top. Furthermore this small and picturesque city of the Middle Ages is an ideal starting point for excursions into the center of the island, to the Madonie moutains peaking out at more than 1000 m, then to Agrigento, Trapani or Messina. Some buses connect these places. Palermo is one hour away by train or by car. The airport of Palermo is just as accessible. Some boats connect daily the Aeolian islands during the summerseason.
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Agrigento and Selinunte

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Heratempel im Valle dei Templi
The ancient Greeks are, who lure us to Agrigento and Selinunte. Both cities had their bloom time 2500 years ago among evenly those Greeks, who got themselves in the course of the centuries in addition, again and again into disharmony and fights. The old Acropolis that counts 53,000 inhabitants today the province capital Agrigento
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Taormina - Messina - Catania

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Oleandertrees in Taormina
Up to three kilometres the northeast point Sicily's approaches to the boot point of the Italian mainland. The first holiday-makers came through the strait, the Stretto di Messina,  150 years ago, looking for recovery on Sicily island. Toarmina became a  secret tip in the social circles of the European upper middle class, whose attendants were also artists coming for a proper clarifying of the again discovered dream country.
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Enna

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Castello di Lombardia

„The navel Sicily's "lies 1000 meters high and covers the rocky head of the Monte Giuliano in the geographical centre Sicily's. Enna is Italy's most high-altitude province capital. From above there exists a grandiose prospect on the inland of the island, as well as the view stood around by high mountains on those wheat fields moving itself wavy. They remind obviously of the fact that Sicily was the grain chamber of the Roman realm 2000 years before. Particularly delightfully is the view on the small town Calascibetta, its buildings are separated, by a valley 9 kilometres from Enna, and lie as if, of the hang-strewn elongated on a hill removed in the north. The city Enna counting 30,000 inhabitants, received it's current name in the year 1926. Cause was their election as the province capital. Up to then it was called Castrogiovanni, what decreased/related to a similarly reading/pronunciation, Arab designation. In 1926 they tied at the earlier selected names by the Romans with „Enna ", in which the old Latin word for „highly " has it's roots.

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Noto

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Great splendour in small Noto
To the visitor, Noto is an orgy in baroque expects. The small town in the south of the province Syracuse has approximately 20,000 inhabitants, but churches and palaces for a city ten times as large. 19 monasteries are still added to the 23 usually large powerful places of worship and 19 aristocracy palaces, furthermore enormous, sometimes monumentally expressed outside-staircases and representative roads and places. The splendour and greatness have particularly during deep standing sun something disturbingly unreal.
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Syracuse


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Syracuse Cathredral

In its best times the city had over 1 million inhabitants nearly ten times as much as today. Syracuse in the south of the east coast Sicily's, the hometown of the mathematician and technical designer Archimedes, which was created by settlers from Corinth 734 before Christ, was over centuries the metropolis of large Greece. Dionysius I. and II.  prevailed here, among those also to Adranodorosand Hippocrates as their regent.

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Trapani and Erice


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Salinen von Trapani

In Sicily's extreme west you find the salt works of Trapani , salt gardens, where the 'white gold of the sea' has been won for centuries. The main reason why a visit is worthwhile to this 70,000 inhabitants counting city, lies 750 meters higher. The small mountain town Erice with its 20,000 inhabitants, which covers the crest of the mountain of the same name is particularly enchanting.

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