“To have seen Italy without seeing Sicily is not to have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the key to everything” —Goethe
Goethe was neither the first nor the last to wax rhapsodic about Sicily—the singular and sublimely beautiful island at the very crossroads of Europe and Africa, where splendid Greek ruins mingle with the remains of Phoenician, Roman, Byzantine, Arab, Norman and Spanish civilizations.
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Think Sicily for beautiful landscapes, colorful carts, puppets, terracotta, fresh fish and olive oil.
Separated from the Italian mainland by only a narrow strait—the Stretto di Messina—Sicily seems nonetheless a world apart. The island’s history of rule by so many successive Mediterranean powers has left the Sicilian people with a unique cultural thumbprint— characterized by an openness to foreigners, a distinctly eclectic cuisine and a richly varied architectural heritage. To set foot on Sicily is to walk where Ulysses tricked the cyclops Polyphemus, where Persephone was abducted by Hades, and where Daedalus landed ashore, pursued by Minos from neighboring Crete. Indeed, the Sicilian landscapes seem to echo with an endless medley of mythology.