We’ve always wanted to see Sicily and we are headed there October 12-19th, 2024. Click HERE for more details and to register. 
Cool things about Sicily:
Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, has a rich history and culture that make it a fascinating destination. Here are some interesting facts about Sicily, Italy:
  1. Crossroads of Civilization: Sicily has been a crossroads of civilizations for millennia, being inhabited by Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans, and others. This diverse cultural heritage is evident in its architecture, cuisine, and traditions.
  2. Mount Etna: Sicily is home to Mount Etna, one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Etna’s frequent eruptions have shaped the island’s landscape and provided fertile soil for agriculture, particularly vineyards. It is also the tallest active volcano in Europe.
  3. Greek Temples: The Valley of the Temples, located near the city of Agrigento, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to some of the best-preserved ancient Greek temples outside of Greece. These temples date back to the 5th century BCE and include the Temple of Concordia, one of the most well-preserved Doric temples in the world.
  4. Mafia History: Sicily has a complex history with the Mafia, a criminal organization that originated on the island in the 19th century. The Mafia’s influence has had a significant impact on Sicilian society and politics, although efforts to combat organized crime have made progress in recent decades.
  5. Arab-Norman Architecture: Sicily boasts a unique blend of Arab-Norman architecture, resulting from the island’s Arab and Norman occupation in the Middle Ages. The Palermo Cathedral and the Palazzo dei Normanni (Palace of the Normans) are prime examples of this architectural style.
  6. Street Food: Sicilian cuisine is renowned for its delicious street food. Arancini (deep-fried rice balls), cannoli (pastry tubes filled with sweetened ricotta cheese), and panelle (chickpea fritters) are just a few of the mouthwatering treats you can find in Sicily.
  7. Puppet Theater: Sicily has a long tradition of puppet theater, known as “opera dei pupi.” These intricately crafted puppets are often used to enact traditional tales and legends, and puppet theaters can still be found in cities like Palermo and Catania.
  8. Birthplace of Archimedes: The ancient Greek mathematician and inventor Archimedes was born in Syracuse, Sicily, in the 3rd century BCE. He made significant contributions to mathematics, engineering, and physics, and his work continues to influence scientific thought today.
  9. Baroque Towns: Several cities in Sicily, including Ragusa, Noto, and Modica, are known for their stunning Baroque architecture. These towns were rebuilt in the Baroque style following a devastating earthquake in 1693 and are now UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  10. Sicilian Folk Music: Sicily has a rich tradition of folk music, including the haunting melodies of the Sicilian lament, known as “lamentu.” Traditional instruments such as the tamburello (tambourine) and the friscalettu (wooden flute) are often used in Sicilian folk music performances.

We can’t wait to visit and explore everything Sicily has to offer! If you have any questions, please email Tiffani at Events@MoreAdventures.com for more information.