It is not just an island, it is much more than an island!!
Situated in the central Mediterranean, along with surrounding minor islands, it constitutes the autonomous region of Italy.
It is separated from peninsula by the Strait Messina, with the distance about 3 kilometers.
With its capital Palermo and the population more than 5 000 000, Sicily is the largest island in Mediterranean Sea. Thanks to its triangular shape, it earned the name Trinacria.
Having been ruled by Asians, Africans and Europeans, Sicily is the most historically cosmopolitan region in Europe! The multicultural mix of culture, history, archaeology and scenery that The Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Greeks, Romans, Angevins, Aragonese made this island unique and so special through the centuries.
If you would like to see the place where used to meet the culture of Hellenic antiquity, the glories of the Middle Ages and the wonders of the Renaissance, created by a lot of different civilizations, Sicily would be the perfect place!
Noto, Caltagirone, Catania, Ragusa, Modica, and particularly Acireale represents The Sicilian Baroque, some of Italy's best examples of Baroque architecture, carved in the local red sandstone.
Did you hear about the tallest active volcano in Europe? The Mount Etna, which is at 3,320 m (10,890 ft) is one of the most active in the world, and it is situated in Sicily, in the Province of Catania.
The Vallo di Mazara was one of the three valleys (or real dominions beyond the lighthouse) where the Sicily used to be divided from the Arabs to the Bourbons domination, until 1818, when due to the reform of the territories of the Kingdom of Two Sicilies the island territory had been divided in seven provinces or minor valleys.
The Val di Noto is the territory of eastern Sicily, which corresponds geographically to the southern tip of the island, located between the province of Ragusa, Siracusa and the provinces of Catania and Caltanissetta.
The Val Demon (or Valdemone) was one of the three valleys (or real dominions beyond the lighthouse), as the Sicily was divided geographically and administratively, during the Arabs-Bourbon period(like the Vallo di Mazara).
In December 1997, at the 21st annual meeting of the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO, which took place in Naples in Italy (1-6 December), the Committee decided to put it on the list, believing that the "Villa del Casale in Piazza Armerina" is a sublime example of a luxurious Roman villa, which graphically illustrates the prevalence of social and economic structures of its time.
The mosaics, that decorate it, are unique for their artistic quality and the novelty of the amplitude. The Committee wanted to stabilize the conservation and management condition of the place, particularly asking for monitoring of climatic conditions that protect them and their impact on archaeological remains.
Eolian Islands were added to UNESCO list in December 2005, during the 24th annual meeting of the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO, which took place in Cairns in Australia (November 27-December 2).
Also known as the Lipari Islands, are an archipelago with the volcanic origins, which is located in the Tyrrhenian Sea, in the province of Messina, on the north coast of Sicily. They include two active volcanoes, Stromboli and Vulcano, and also several secondary volcanoes. The archipelago consists of the following islands: Lipari, Panarea, Salina, Filicudi, Alicudi, Stromboli and Vulcano.
Added to the UNESCO list in December 1997, at the 21st annual meeting of the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO, which took place in Naples in Italy (1-6 December).
In July 2005, during the 29th annual meeting of the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO, which took place in Durban, in South Africa (10-18 July 2005), had been added to the UNESCO list, becoming 40th Italian and 5th Sicilian site on the list.
It includes two different parts, containing artifacts from Greek and Roman period: The Necropolis of Pantalica, located near the quarries, which contains over 5,000 tombs, which are dated between the seventh and thirteenth centuries BC. In the Necropolis we can find the remains from Byzantine era, as well as the Anaktoron’s finds (Prince's Palace).
After seven years of the request, in June 2002 in Budapest, during the 26th session of the International Scientific Committee, The Val di Noto was finally recognized to be on World Heritage List (Heritage List Humanity).
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