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Overlooking a large bay at the foot of a fertile valley, Palermo is one of the most vibrant and fascinating city of Italy and merits a visit for its monuments and vibrant atmosphere that you breathe, boasting churches, museums, markets and restaurants of the most beautiful island.
Summer can be very hot, something which can be offset with trips out of town to the elegant beach of Mondello The sanctuary of Monte Pellegrino .

To the east of Palermo, the Tyrrhenian coast offers the first opportunity to reach the mountain range of Madonie , Where you can ski or make pleasant excursions, while along the coast lies one of the most elegant seaside resorts of Sicily, Cefalu , Located just an hour's drive from Palermo.

Ferry and hydrofoil from Milazzo to the Aeolian Islands , A chain of seven volcanic islands that attract beautiful in equal measure worshipers of the sun and intrepid hikers.
Vendicari The northern Ionian coast, between Messina and the beautiful resort of Taormina , Consists of a series of seaside resorts of various kinds, while Catania , The second city of Sicily, lies beneath the elegant cone 'Etna The largest volcano in Europe, which dominates the eastern part of Sicily and is the most memorable natural island.
Syracuse The Sicilian city more beautiful and charming, contains the richest concentration of historical sites and architectural marvels, ranging from Greek and Roman ruins to the extraordinary baroque palaces.

Besides Syracuse, south-east boasts beautiful Baroque towns such as Noto and Ragusa, redesigned and rebuilt in the seventeenth century after a devastating earthquake had reduced them to rubble, in this region are also Neolithic cemeteries Pantalica , Unique in its kind, which are one of the prettiest spots in Sicily.

The hinterland, the area less populated and least known of Sicily, provides the simple beauty of remote and isolated area, but also hides real gems, like the well-preserved mosaics of Piazza Armerina That call to mind the splendor of which surrounded the Roman governors, and Enna historic city-fortress of the mountain.
Net fishermen Along the south coast only the old, magnificent temples of Agrigento and the Greek town and the beach of Eraclea Minoa attract a significant number of visitors.

Later is Trapani The most important city in the West, an excellent base for anyone interested in deepening knowledge of this area, which has characteristics very different from the rest of the island.
Here the Arabic influence is stronger than elsewhere, especially in Marsala and Mazara del Vallo, while Selinunte and Segesta feature sets of the most romantic ruins in Sicily.

The ports of southern and western coasts are easily reached other islands of great interest: Linosa and Lampedusa, the Egadi and especially the far Pantelleria , Where the sea is the most crystalline of the Mediterranean, and on these islands we feel the edge of Europe.

Decide the path

Sicily offers vast possibilities for tourism thanks to the presence of a very diverse area, it is almost essential to define the type of trip that you want to face for a better organization and preparation. The routes are varied and accompanied, in some cases radical choices for tourism addressed to a cultural path, woodland - adventurous, purely resort, historic - artistic.

The excursion

Dry leaves Protected natural areas of Sicily, including four regional parks that cover an area of 185,824 hectares, representing 7.2% of the territory of the region, and 76 regional nature reserves, for a total area of 85,181 hectares, representing 3.3% of surface region.
The protection of areas of environmental value and competence of the Region, so no island state parks and nature reserves.

The excursion to Sicily ...


Homes in the seas of Sicily

Seaside Mondello is the best place to start the path with the most beautiful beaches of Sicily, continued westward to reach the Gulf of Castellammare, where there is the Natural Reserve of Zingaro, which boasts some hidden pebble beaches in bays in a semicircle, and Scopello where you can swim surrounded by massive boulders and still rusty. Nearby is San Vito lo Capo, the most famous beach of Sicilia.Mare
Walk through will come to the province of Trapani Selinunte, a magnificent archaeological site with a beautiful beach.
A little further find Eraclea Minoa, another place that offers fantastic beaches and an archaeological site. Immediately to the south-east lies the stunning scale of the Turks. To the east of Palermo, the first beautiful beach you come to is Cefalu.
Isola Bella in Taormina, as the name suggests, is incredibly charming. If you look isolation go and tranquility on the beaches of the Natural Reserve of Vendicari.

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Nature reserves

Vendicari All that beautiful nature Sicily offers a spectacle of pure magic, nature without veils between the rocks and beaches, through forests and small islands ...
to discover the real wonders of Sicily totally immersed in natural beauty and luxury.

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Heritage

Aeolian Islands Sicily is home to the largest number of UNESCO World Heritage List by region in Italy. This is the complete list:

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Islands and Volcanoes


Etna eruption Etna, the slopes of the summit's most famous Sicily, visiting the banner of the excursion between magic and the natural setting outside of the town through the magnificent regional park where the volcano is a part.
It was from its slopes that Polyphemus, blinded by Ulysses, threw huge boulders into the sea in an attempt to destroy the ship greek hero on the run - still overlooking the spectacular Cyclops Riviera you can see some stacks emerge Ionian Sea, which according to legend were the remains of large boulders thrown by the Cyclops.
After the visit of the volcano enjoy the exclusive atmosphere of Taormina Before continuing on to Messina where you can admire the world's largest astronomical clock. By Lipari you can organize boat trips or some dive.
Nature lovers should visit Salina , Climb to the Fossa of Vulcano or participate in Stromboli the exciting night tour that allows you to reach the summit of the volcano.
Those seeking sun and sea can relax on one of the beautiful terraces of Panarea While to find peace and quiet is necessary to route to the remote Alicudi and Filicudi.

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The inland in the mountains

Port of Trapani The Sicilian hinterland, away from the hot beaches and archaeological sites scattered along the coast, offers perhaps the most authentic aspect of this land. Moreover, the mountains of the island, which have a wild and rugged beauty, make it possible to capture aspects unique landscape.
From Palermo to Cefalu head, famous for its Arab-Norman cathedral and crowded beaches.
From here you can make a magnificent hike the Sanctuary Gibilmanna, which opens a magnificent panorama that encompasses the entire chain of Madonie ...

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Marine Protected Areas

Capogallo Six caskets nature of deep value, six of sea areas to be discovered, to their wonderful attractions related to the flora and fauna underwater.

The six marine protected areas in Sicily, I only one of the Female-Capogallo the Plemmirio from Egad ia Ustica, the Cyclops to Pelagie the backgrounds of these stretches of coast reveal the whole Sicilian specialties of rare value, presence illustrious Mediterranean but not only.
Take a mask and fins, the journey begins at the bottom of marine protected areas in Sicily.

Adventure and fascination among the most beautiful coasts of Sicily ...


Sicily and its West


Autumn in Sicily Pervaded by a profound sense of the past, the western part of the island is the most arabian for lifestyle, atmosphere and flavors. The proposed route alternates visits to interesting cultural activities for families.
After leaving Palermo you can stop in the lovely and tiny Scopello Just outside the Zingaro Nature Reserve An ideal area for hiking and scuba diving. Visit the impressive temple of Segesta along the stretch to Trapani, which offers many interesting day trips. Spend at least one night in the splendid setting of the medieval Erice, a town fascinating, especially in the evening.

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