Sicily

Every school child can recognize Sicily on the map. It is the triangular “football” at the tip of the Appinine peninsula (Italy).

For centuries Greeks, Phoneticians, Carthaginians, and Romans fought to be masters of Sicily with its healthy climate and good soils that supported agriculture. Its central location dominated trade routes and merchants prospered and towns grew.

Sicily in the Middle Ages -

After the fall of the Roman Empire Sicily was acquired by the Greek speaking Byzantine Empire until 821 when Arabs from north Africa conquered. Then Normans under King Robert I completed conquering the Island in 1091 (twenty five years after the Normans under William the Conqueror invaded England). Sicily then became an independent kingdom and under the Normans the Catholic Church became dominant and Latin became important.

Tourism and Modern Sicily -

During World War II Sicily was the scene of terrible fighting when the allies liberated the island from fascist control. But today the damage has been repaired and the island is a peaceful attraction for tourists from around the world.

Today tourists are attracted to Sicily because of its Mediterranean setting, beaches, architecture, fine arts, unique cuisine, colourful village life and enchanted castles. Sicily is an island of marked contrasts. It is served by modern airports, train systems and highways, but traditional life continues in many of the out of the way villages. Palermo is the largest city with a population over one million, but most of the island is rural and agricultural.

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