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About Sicily - Queen of the Islands

Sicily is deservedly the queen of the islands. Not only is she the largest in the Mediterranean, but also the most gifted by nature and history.

Little changed over the centuries, this enchanting island is a unique blend of all that is best about the Mediterranean. There are many sights and experiences not to be missed, including some of the most perfectly preserved temples and theatres in the world at Siracusa, Agrigento, Segesta and the entire Greek city of Selinunte, which are the classical remains of Sicily’s many invaders dating back over almost 3,000 years.

The island is steeped in history but also in the pleasures of the senses. So, on your voyage of discovery do not forget the sea, glinting turquoise-clear and inviting, around more than 1,000 kilometres of coastline, where Sicily’s holiday resorts are among the most charming in the Mediterranean. These include the fashionable Taormina, perched some 700 feet above sea level with stupendous views of snow-capped Mount Etna and the bay of Naxos.

Food is undoubtedly a very important ingredient in any holiday and Sicilian cuisine is a tantalising display of colourful and tempting dishes which are perfectly complemented by the excellent wines of the island. Pasta, a course to be included in any Sicilian meal, is served with tasty sauces from a choice of rich and spicy to the simple but delicious "aglio e olio" pasta with garlic and olive oil.

Sicily has an abundance of seafood including an array of crustaceans. Tuna and swordfish are cooked in a variety of regional sauces or served thinly sliced and marinated in olive oil and lemon juice.

The Sicilians have a sweet tooth and as such produce not only exquisite ice creams and refreshing sorbets but also a fantastic display of mouthwatering cakes, many of these are made with fresh almonds including the famous "pasta di mandorla" - a soft biscuit outside with a moist almond centre.

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