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Sicily

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, located at the southern tip of Italy. The sunny, dry climate and diverse offerings of this beautiful locale attracts tourist from all over the globe. Home to some of the world’s best-preserved ancient Greek and Roman ruins, Sicily also boasts an entire region of almost purely Baroque towns, world-class artwork, spectacular scenery and luxury seaside resorts. While the sights and history draw many, the cuisine and wines of Sicily are also world-renowned. With locally produced vintages and olive oils consistently winning international competitions, gourmets, food lovers and the just plain hungry come to sample the spectacular Sicilian cuisine.

Sicily’s strategic location was a significant factor in the Mediterranean's ancient trade routes and once hosted two of the most enlightened capitals of the West - the Greek capital of Siracusa, and the Arab-Norman capital in Palermo. The culture of the island, especially in the areas of the arts, architecture, cuisine and language, has been strongly influenced by the varied rulers throughout Sicily’s history. The native Italians, Greeks, Goths, Romans, Vandals, Byzantines, Arabs, and Normans all ruled the island at separate times. As a result of the island’s diverse history, Sicily’s traditions and customs reflect many cultural influences, from medieval-inspired equestrian contests to its festivals to the Catholic religious feasts, celebrated as national holidays. However, of all the celebrations and festivals, Sicily’s most popular attractions are its classical plays performed in Greek-style amphitheaters, the musicals and concerts in various opera houses and even the puppet shows performed on the road.

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