What is remembered first of all, when wedo we hear the name of the island? Volcano Etna, Sicilian Mafia, Archimedes. Yes, indeed, the most famous Sicilian, a resident of Syracuse - Archimedes - discovered all sorts of laws of mechanics, which after centuries received his name. And on earth there is hardly anyone who does not know his name. We will tell you about the volcano, but the Sicilians do not like talking about the Mafia. The island at the foot of the Italian "boot" - the birthplace of fine wines and a place where butterflies have their own house. All this can rightly be said about Sicily? and thus not to lie a single word. If you prefer the island to noisy continents, then vacation in Sicily will be a wonderful choice for you. The island is more than 25 thousand square meters. It is comfortably located among the three seas - Ionian, Tyrrhenian and Mediterranean. This is the land where everything is worthy of surprise - history, nature, climate, people. For all its centuries-old history, Sicily has seen many rulers: it was conquered by Greeks, Romans and Phoenicians. And all their conquerors, the fertile land and the people who inhabited it, adopted and left to their descendants only the best - architecture, culture, cuisine. And yet, Sicily has not lost its identity: although the island is an autonomous region of Italy, they speak their own particular Sicilian dialect, which people who speak Italian understand with difficulty.
Nature and sights of Sicily
Tourists from all over the world go to rest onSicily to admire the active volcano Etna, which occupies a huge area on the island. The volcano never ceases, it rustles and becomes angry, spewing out lava from its countless craters. The speed of the lava flow is so small that you can escape from it with your own feet. Scientists note that with each century, the height of Etna is reduced by about 60 meters. For centuries, the cooled lava feeds fertile soil, on which, fragrant, grow vineyards, citrus orchards, olive trees. The unique nature of Sicily made the island a tourist pearl of Italy, and the island's residents are pleased with this influx of guests - they have something to show and be proud of. Surprisingly mild Mediterranean climate, endless sandy beaches stretching along the coast of Sicily for a good one and a half thousand kilometers, moderately hot sunny summer make the beach holiday in Sicily a paradise delight and attract many tourists to the island. By popularity with Etna can be compared except that the main city of Sicily - Palermo. In this city there are a lot of palaces, churches, cathedrals, museums and catacombs bearing the impressions of centuries-old history and traces of the cultures of long-forgotten peoples. Vacationers in Sicily always visit the Palazzo de Normany, the Palatine Chapel, the National Museum of Archeology and the Cathedral. The National Puppet Museum deserves special attention, where colorful shows take place.
Cuisine of Sicily
The national cuisine of Sicily is extremelyis diverse, it has many dishes, borrowed from the peoples who inhabited Sicily many centuries ago. The beautiful Sicilian climate gives the fruits and vegetables that grow here a unique taste. And this, in turn, makes traditionally Italian dishes - such as pizza, pasta, cheeses, seafood and fish dishes - especially exquisite and mouth-watering. From the Arabs Sicilian cuisine borrowed rice and spices, from the Spanish - sweet pepper. Only here they will cook such dishes as "scoppulariki" - roast from squid and cuttlefish, or "Missnis stockpile" - dried cod with vegetables, or the famous "Falsomagro", meat in Sicilian style, - minced meat cut into rolls stuffed with boiled egg , ham and cheese. In Sicilian cuisine, a lot of unusual and original desserts. Pistachios, hazelnuts, almonds, honey-filled jam from green courgettes have an unforgettable and very unusual taste. Cannoli - sweet tubules with cream or cottage cheese, are considered a pure Sicilian dessert. True connoisseurs of wines and travel believe that on the island of Sicily, the holiday is associated with a constant sensation on the lips of the fine taste of Italian wines. In Sicily produce a variety of high-quality wines from a variety of varieties of grapes. The wine of Marsala is known all over the world for its astringent aroma and taste. The biggest secret of the Sicilian winemakers is the artificial restriction of the harvest of grapes. When the vine is allowed to ripen no more than two or three bunches of grapes, they get the most from the earth and the sun, and the wine, accordingly, is of the highest quality.
In Sicily built the largest entertainmentcenter in Europe - Ettaland. It has a zoo with many rare breeds of animals listed in the Red Book, and an aqua park with various types of water slides and pistes. There is also an unusual park, strongly reminiscent of the famous "Jurassic Park" of Cameron, in which "live" huge dinosaurs, made in full size, and which can be touched. Lovers of extreme types of pleasures will not be indifferent to the attraction "CROCODILE RAPIDS" - an alloy on a stormy river, inhabited by hippos, flamingos and elephants, designed in full growth. On the way to the travelers can "attack" flocks of bats or a whole crowd of crocodiles!
There is an amazing house in Sicily - Butterfly House. This small room in the town of Via Grande is densely populated by a wide variety of tropical butterflies from all over the world. If you come to them on a visit in bright clothes, they will take you for a flower and, fluttering among the exotic flowers, can sit on your head, shoulders or hands. Near the house is a beautiful garden with cyclamen, and the house itself is located in the majestic forest reserve. Come to visit butterflies better on a sunny day, because in cloudy weather they do not like to fly.
It is impossible to imagine a tourist who woulddid not dream with the child's immediacy to study not only the land, but also the seabed around the island, the underwater world of which is able to impress with its beauty and fascinate any oceanographer with a variety of marine inhabitants. Especially popular scuba diving - scuba diving. Vacationers are attracted by the fact that the coastal zone of Sicily has been preserved in relatively virgin cleanliness, due to the absence of any industry on the island. Underwater a huge number of grottoes, which are so tempting to explore their mysterious depths. Resting on the beaches of Sicily, you can visit diving schools, of which there is a huge number, and only a lazy person will not learn to dive with scuba diving or snorkeling. However, on stony beaches it is quite possible to do with a mask, because amazingly crystal clear water helps to contemplate the beauty of the underwater world, not swimming far and deep into the sea.
Snow and lava
Frozen lava on the northern and southern slopes of Etnawinter covered with snow and attracts fans of skiing. On the southern side of Etna is the Nicolosi ski station, from there an unforgettable view of the city of Catania with its bay, as well as the entire coast of Sicily from the city of Regalbuto to the city of Leontini. The northern ski station - Lingvaglossa - offers views of Taormina and the continental coast of Calabria. What makes skiing with Etna unforgettable is the combination of snow, fire and water. A dazzling white snow, the black basaltic masses of frozen lava glancing here and there, and far away in the solar sparks the Ionian Sea sparkles - these species strike the imagination, they can not be forgotten. It is worth noting that Etna is not only a volcano, but also one of the highest mountains in Italy, and descent from it on skis with a constant change of stunning landscapes is a maximum of pleasure and impressions. Sicily is a unique place not only in Europe, but all over the world. It combines so many diverse cultures, and at the same time Sicily is original and colorful precisely as a piece of Italy. Once, having known what a holiday in Sicily is, it is impossible not to want to return there again.