Sicily is the fourth European island size, the main island of Italy and the largest of the islands of the Mediterranean Sea. The Strait of Messina separates Sicily from the mainland about 3 km.
Both Sicily and the other islands that are of volcanic origin seconded. Currently there are several active volcanoes, Etna, Vulcano, Stromboli …
In Sicily is dominated by mountain areas, has four major mountain ranges: Nebrodi Peloritani, Iblei and Madonie. We add isolated plateaus and massifs Etna is the highest peak, 3323 meters.
Bathes the Tyrrhenian Sea to the north, the Mediterranean Sea to the south and the Strait of Messina separates it from Calabria.
It has many rivers but in low flow, among them we can cite the Simeto, the Platani and salsa.
In Sicily the weather is warm, the summers are hot because of the Sirocco wind coming from Africa and creates sudden changes in temperature. It is notable grain production (since Roman times), and the abundant production of olives, which ensures optimum oil production.
Sicily is a place where the environment, landscape, history and the people determine a different sensibility. Well illustrated by the numerous names that have done and make Sicily a land of culture. Painting, film and writing, distinguish the art of the Sicilians.
The various dominations in the history of Sicily, the people that followed, have created in Sicily own unique identity is reflected in the multiple identities of its inhabitants.
It is well known culture of the crop of lemons, oranges, tangerines, beans, vegetables and nuts. The cultivation of vines and wine production are other products recognized around the world. The Marzal, a native of the province of Trapani, Moscato, Pantelleria, Malvasia of Lipari, the Nero of Avola, and most important these days, the Vittoria Cerasuolo.
Fishing is a valuable resource for Sicily. Are caught, in addition to swordfish, tuna, sardines and mackerel, blue fish typical of the Mediterranean, which provides the canning industry, the raw material for canned fish and smoked fish. In Mazara del Vallo, in the province of Trapani are obtained bass, shrimp and oysters in the north to Messina.
The salt flats of Trapani, where seniority is extracted from a very fine sea salt are well known.
Tourism and the industry behind it is a steady growth in activity, is favored by the many archaeological sites, Valley of the Temples, Selinunte, Morgantina also keen to raise its natural beauty visitors. In recent times there have been major investments in housing capacity which facilitated the increase of tourism on the island.
Cities in popularity in the Sicilian tourism are: Taormina, Siracusa, Agrigento, Cefalu, Piazza Armerina and Caltagirone. The interior is rich in tradition and history, art, culture, strengths, natural areas, forests and churches of historical significance that give an added value to areas in the provinces of Catania, Etna, Palermo and Caltanissetta.
Many famous artists are of Sicilian origin. Joseph Barbera, Jon Bon Jovi (John F. Bongiovi), Steve Buscemi, Frank Capra, Joe DiMaggio, Al Pacino, Chazz Palminteri, Mario Puzo, Antonin Scalia, Martin Scorsese, Frank Sinatra, Sylvester Stallone, John Turturro, Steven Tyler (Stephen V. Tallarico) and Frank Zappa and many others ..