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Noto

When an earthquake leveled Noto on 11 January 1693, architects immediately set to work rebuilding the won. The Sicilian Baroque, a flamboyantly ornamental architectural style, was…

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Giardini Naxos

The beach on which the first Greek colonists probably landed 2700 years ago, closely followed by Syracuse and Leontinoi. It flourished, thanks to the strategic position dominating…

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Trapani

This city, 32km, (19 miles) north of Marsala, has been a lively port town since Phoenician times and was once the centre of trade in coral, tuna and salt with the Levant, Carthage…

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Taormina

During the 20th century Taormina was the most famous holiday destination on the island. It is renowned for its magnificent position, above the sea 200m/656ft from its rocky…

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Palermo

Palermo does not readily enchant its visitors. The chaotic capital of Sicily is noisy and traffic filled, riddled with decay in parts, overbuilt with concrete in others. But take…

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Agrigento

The poet Pindar described the city the Greeks knew as Akragas as the “fairest of mortal cities”. You probably won’t disagree with the sentiment as you look upon the dramatic…

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Sciacca

This unspoiled seaside town of Sciacca, 65km (41 miles) northwest of Agrigento, is still engaged in the pursuits that have occupied its citizens for millennia: fishing in the…

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Siracusa

What may well be Sicily’s most enticing city is actually three places: the vast Greek and Roman city that played such a prominent role in the ancient world, the cultural island…

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Ragusa

Ragusa, 50km (30miles) west of Noto, is another Baroque town, at least half of one, since the older Baroque section, Ragusa Ibla, is separated from the newer, more ordinary Ragusa…

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Messina

Messina, a busy port town 200km (124 miles) east Cefalù, is where the eastern coast starts, leading south. It is within sight of mainland Italy, with Calabria across the Strait…