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16 islands around the island

Although Sicily is the name of the largest island in the Mediterranean, a spectacular part of Italy, it also refers to the region of Sicily, which encompasses many smaller…

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Discovering Marina di Ragusa

When the temperatures have cooled and the crowds are gone, this is the time of year I crave a trip to Sicily. Fall travel equals more availability (and better prices) in hotel…

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5 Sicilian Foods to not miss

There’s something about this sensuous island that makes its food so swoon-worthy. Perhaps it has something to do with the blazing Mediterranean sun, bronzing bodies all along…

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Segesta

The Elymians, who lavished such attention on the temple in Erice, settled Sagest in the 12th century BC. By the 5th century BC, when Segesta’s temple was built, the city had…

Caltabellotta

Caltabellotta, a small mountain village that clings to three rocky promontories high in the mountains above Sciatica, played an important role in Sicilian history. In its now…

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A Mafia story

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Marsala

The sleepy city of Marsala, 70km (43 miles) north and west of Selinunte, has a long and raucous past. The Phoenicians settled here in the 8th century BC, abandoned the city when…

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Mazara del Vallo

Mazara del Vallo may be of Phoenician origin but Arab influences predominate, from the Tunisian trawler men to the Arab music and shish bubble-bubble pipes. However the Kabash…