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Sicily is an island full of strong contrasts, a land rich in history and culture, lively, enticing cities of art, ancient fishermen's villages where time seems to have come to a standstill and amazing natural wonders, beautiful beaches and islands where you can relax surrounded by crystal clear waters. The island is a crossroads for populations who were completely different from one another, who have all left permanent traces of themselves in the island's culture.
Through the centuries, Sicily has been rules by the Greeks, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Swabians and Spanish, who all built cities and changes the people’s habits and traditions each time they were conquered and taken over.
Visitors to Sicily’s cities today can still see the ancient Greek-Roman buildings, the easily recognizable Arabic-Norman fortresses, the imposing Baroque style buildings, and the churches with their amazing interiors covered in Byzantine mosaics such as the famous Palatine Chapel in Palermo, and many others too.
The island has some other fabulous towns to visit, such as Taormina, the pearl of the Ionian Sea, Enna, "Sicily's belly button", Piazza Armerina, Caltagirone "the ceramic town" and Catania, with its Baroque palaces in black and white and its irresistible nightlife.
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