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Pandemonium in Palermo, Sicily

I had a mixed experience visiting Sicily recently, a wonderful place full of spectacular scenery, delicious wine and kind hearted people.  The rolling green hills that form the heart of the island give way to a rugged coastline, full of white sandy beaches and wave-blasted rocky inclines, lashed by turquoise blue water. However, Palermo was another …

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Guide to Wine Tasting on Mt. Etna in Sicily

The Mt. Etna volcano in Sicily is famous for steaming volcanic chasms, snowy peaks, and wild jeep expeditions, but the volcano’s most recent claim to fame is its wineries and wine tastings. Just a short drive from the famous seaside resort town of Taormina, as well as the bustling coastal city of Catania, Mt. Etna’s …

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10 Days in Sicily Itinerary

This 10 day Sicily itinerary will help you get the most out of a trip to Sicily. It features most of the important sights, museums, islands, and activities that Sicily has to offer. Literally in the middle of everything, Sicily has been conquered and re-conquered by almost every Mediterranean power imaginable, from the ancient Greeks and Romans to Arabs …

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Palermo, Italy Guide – Visit the Capital of Sicily

Palermo Italy – Plan Your Visit Palermo Italy has been one of the most important cities on the Mediterranean Sea for at least 8,000 years. It has been ruled by the Greeks, North African Arabian sultans, the Normans, and the Spanish. In 1860, the Unification of Italy finally unified Sicily with the rest of Italy …

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Planning Your Southern Italy Vacation: From Rome to Lecce

In the last edition of Planning your Italy Vacation, I wrote about traveling north from Rome, with Venice as the final destination. In this post we’ll explore the alternative: traveling from Rome southward. This alternative will be attractive to travelers who have already seen the major sights in the north of Italy, and to travelers …

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Visiting Italy’s Crypts

  The Italian word “ossario” (ossuary) can be traced back to the Latin word osseus, which means boney, and this is, quite literally, exactly what Italy’s ossario are. A resting place for the dead, they have been called crypts, catacombs, and tombs, but none of these words quite get the point across. Ossario are usually …

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