It's more than an island! Discover Sicily
and discover the world. The world's first multicultural society, our island is
Italy's (and Europe's) most historically cosmopolitan region, having been ruled
by Asians, Africans and Europeans. Sicily is black and white and a million
shades of gray. There's no other place on Earth like it. Our island is a unique
place full of art, archeology, history, folklore and breathtaking scenery. And,
of course, great food. It's almost a nation unto itself. The enchanting land
where Archimedes taught and Saint
Paul preached was a Greek colony, a Roman province,
an Arab emirate and a Norman kingdom. The Phoenicians,
Carthaginians, Swabians, Angevins, Aragonese and Jews made this unique
island their own, leaving behind an eclectic history that you can still touch
today. And Sicily will touch you. Sicily is Europe, Africa and Asia on one
island. Greek tyrants, Arab emirs, Norman knights, Byzantine bishops and Holy
Roman Emperors made it the place it is. Experience their eternal legacy in
Phoenician settlements, Punic cities, Greek temples, Roman amphitheatres,
Norman-Arab castles and Aragonese churches. Thirty centuries of history
expressed in the Classical, the Romanesque, the Gothic, the Baroque...
to its most ancient peoples, our island was Sikelia, Plato's utopian
society, to the ancient Greeks. Later, the sonnet was created at the Court of Frederick II, and the Sicilian language
claimed its place in the literature of Dante and Boccaccio. Sunny Sicily is
Punic Palermo, towering Taormina, ancient Agrigento,
splendid Siracusa, and medieval Monreale and Cefalù.
And God created Sicily. The place where
the mountains meet the sea. Sicilia,the island in the sun, is home to
Heavenly beaches, majestic mountains and Europe's greatest natural wonder, Mount Etna. Sicily's coasts are gold
with orange and lemon orchards. Each scenic region offers something different. In northeastern Sicily's Nebrodi
Mountains you'll find unexpectedly lush forests. In
the central regions you'll encounter rugged land and rolling hills. Dignified
vineyards, ancient olive groves, hardy almond orchards and endless wheat fields
complete the picture. Summer is amber land under a sky of blue. Winter finds
palm trees dusted with snow in a surreal symphony. Spring is a rainbow of wild
flowers set against greenest fields...
If you could choose just one place to
visit where you could witness everything from the culture of Hellenic antiquity
to the glories of the Middle Ages and the wonders of the Renaissance, shaped by
a dozen civilizations, Sicily would be that place. And this website would be a
good starting point.
Is Sicily Italy? Yes, our island is
Italian. And French and Spanish and Greek, with a few German and Arab nuances
in its cultural mix. It is the world's island. A place where time and tradition
have been forged by peoples and faiths from the north and south, from the east and west.
Beauty in diversity: Europe, Africa and Asia in one magical moment...
Bedda, the Sicilian word for "beautiful," is the
way we Sicilians describe this place.
You won't be the first guest to enjoy
Sicilian hospitality. Cicero, Saint Louis, Richard Lionheart and Eleanor of
Aquitaine have already tested the waters for you. Yes, our island has been
extending hospitality to first-time visitors for three thousand years. You can
be one of them.