Sicily is a large island located in the Mediterranean Sea and off the southern coast of Italy. The capital of Sicily is the ancient city of Palermo and Sicily vacations are very popular. Modern Sicily is known for the blending of cultures which resulted from the island being along the trading routes of the Arabs, Phoenicians, Romans, Greeks and Arabs. The Necropolis of Pantalica, located near Syracuse, is a collection burial chambers and tombs from the 7BC through 13BC centuries that is believed to have early Greek origins. The town of Agrigento is known for "The Valley of Temples" which are a series of Greek Temples dating back to the 6th century BC. Mount St Etna, the highest and most active volcano in Europe, is located on the east coast of the island. Agriculture is a major industry on the island is due in large part to the fertile landscape which is a by product of Mount St Elena. Sicily is known for their agricultural production of citrons, oranges, olives (and olive oil), almonds, grapes, and wine.

Destinations for Sicily vacations

Ideas for Sicily vacations

GEOGRAPHY OF SICILY VACATIONS
The main island of Sicily also includes the seven beautiful Aeolian Islands along its coast. These islands, which contain influences from Roman, Arab, Phoenician and Greek cultures, are extremely close to Calabria.

LANDMARKS OF SICILY VACATIONS

Two of the most popular places to visit, during Sicily vacations, is in Sicily’s capital of Palermo. They are the Chiesa di San Domenico and the Orto Botanico.

Chiesa di San Dominico
The Chiesa di San Domenico is a church found off of the Via Roma that contains much history. The church was constructed in 1640 and has thus been the burial grounds of famous Italians, including Francesco Crisp, Italy’s former prime minister.

Orto Botanico
The Orto Botanico is a garden situated in the heart of Palermo. This garden is considered a “tropical paradise” because of its beautiful botany, including elevated palm trees, gigantic fig trees and breathtaking bushes filled with hibiscus.

Via Pricipe di Belmonte
The Via Principe di Belmonte is located in Palermo’s top shopping district and contains the finest outdoor cafés in Sicily that are not swarmed by tourists.