About Sicily

Sicily is the largest of the Mediterranean islands and offers visitors a fascinating and unique geographical, cultural and historical experience, very different even from that of mainland Italy only 3 km away across the Straits of Messina.

The island has been a major strategic crossroads in the Mediterranean throughout its history and has in turn been conquered by the Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans, Spanish and French. Each of these invaders has left their mark in Sicily’s language, art, archaeology, history, food and drink.

As you’d expect with its proximity to Africa, Sicily enjoys mild winters (temperatures in the south-east rarely drop much below 10 deg C). In Spring the island is a riot of colour with vibrant flower meadows dotting the back roads. The summers are hot and dry and autumn lasts well into November. The landscape is dramatic ranging from the spectacular mountainous interior to the sheltered coves and beaches dotted along the coast and of course on Sicily you are rarely very far away from either.

If you enjoy history, culture and cuisine then Sicily offers a seemingly unending choice of delights.

We chose Modica

Please also see our links to our Sicily and Modica resources

e.g. The Bell Tower of the Church of S.Pietro – how is it still standing?

Reale, E., Paguni, C. and Floridia, S. (no date) ‘Static and dynamic analysis of S. Peter tower in Modica, Ragusa, Sicily’. Available at: http://www.hms.civil.uminho.pt/events/historica2001/page%20887-896%20_32_.pdf (Accessed: 27 July 2016).

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