Sicily

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Insight Guide Sicily is an essential full-color guide to this sun-baked island off the toe of Italy. Whether you’re after active volcanoes (Stromboli and Etna, to name two), historic cities and resorts (Palermo, Siracusa, Taormina) or ancient temples (Agrigento, Segesta, Selinunte), this guide will help you find them. Our inspirational Best of Sicily section highlights the unmissable sights and experiences (if you’ve never tried a Sicilian dessert you have not lived), while a comprehensive Travel Tips section ...

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Overview

Insight Guide Sicily is an essential full-color guide to this sun-baked island off the toe of Italy. Whether you’re after active volcanoes (Stromboli and Etna, to name two), historic cities and resorts (Palermo, Siracusa, Taormina) or ancient temples (Agrigento, Segesta, Selinunte), this guide will help you find them. Our inspirational Best of Sicily section highlights the unmissable sights and experiences (if you’ve never tried a Sicilian dessert you have not lived), while a comprehensive Travel Tips section gives you all the practical information you need to plan your trip, and our selective listings bring you the very best hotels and restaurants.

Colourful magazine-style features offer a unique insight into Sicily’s festivals and folk art, and Baroque architecture, as well as into the extraordinarily well-preserved temples and monuments of the Greek, Arab and Roman periods. A detailed Places section, with full-color maps cross-referenced to the text, guides you from Palermo’s Arab-Norman cathedral to Stromboli’s smoking volcano, and from the Valley of the Temples to the sandy beaches and colorful markets.
A new, sunnier Sicily is emerging, from Mafia-free’ holidays and the return of stolen’ art treasures to the revival of Ragusa, Siracusa and southeastern Sicily, the resurgence of Palermo, and the revitalisation of Sicilian wines. Added to the mix are chic boutique hotels, Slow Food cookery courses, new walking trails through nature reserves, cruises around the Aeolian islands, and helicopter flights over Mount Etna. Sicily has never been more beguiling.
 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780050911
  • Publisher: Apa Publications UK, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Series: Regional Guides Series
  • Edition description: Fifth Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 376,946
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Gerard-Sharp is an experienced writer with a special interest in Sicily and the author of numerous Insight Guides. A British journalist contributing to national newspapers, travel documentaries and magazines such as National Geographic, Lisa still finds time to spend a lot of the year traveling round Italy.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
The Best of Sicily
Volcanic Heritage
The Sicilians

History
The Shaping of Sicily
Decisive Dates

Features
The Mafia
Food and Wine
Sicily’s Wild Places

Insight on
Classical Sites
Sicilian Baroque
Arab-Norman Architecture
Festivals
Sicilian Folk Art

Places
Introduction
Palermo City
Palermo Province
Trápani Province
The Egadi Islands
Agrigento and the Valley of the Temples
Agrigento Province
Caltanissetta Province
Enna Province
Ragusa Province
Siracusa City
Siracusa Province
Catania City
Catania Province
Taormina
Messina Province
The Aeolian Islands

TRAVEL TIPS

TRANSPORTATION
ACCOMMODATIONS
ACTIVITIES
A–Z: PRACTICAL INFORMATION
 

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