Browse below our collection of photos from around Sicilia, Italia (Sicily, Italy). We have photos of Palermo, Selinunte, Palermo, Catania, Messina and Syracuse, and many more sights from around The Eternal City.
Sicily (Italian and Sicilian: Sicilia) is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Several smaller islands surrounding Sicily are considered to be part of Sicily. Sicily has played a large role in history because of its strategic location in the middle of Mediterranean trade routes. Sicily was highly regarded as part of Magna Graecia, with Cicero describing Siracusa as the greatest and most beautiful city of all Ancient Greece.
The island was once a city-state in its own right, and as the Kingdom of Sicily ruled from Palermo over southern Italy, Sicily, and Malta. It later became a part of the Two Sicilies under the Bourbons, a kingdom governed from Naples that comprised both the island itself and most of Southern Italy. The Italian unification of 1860 led to the dissolution of this kingdom, and Sicily became an autonomous part of the Kingdom of Italy. Sicily is today an autonomous region of Italy. Of all the regions of Italy, Sicily covers the largest land area.
Sicily has its own unique culture, especially with regard to the arts, cuisine, architecture and language. The Sicilian economy is largely based on agriculture (mainly orange and lemon orchards). Sicily also has many important ancient archeological sites such as the Necropolis of Pantalica and the Valley of the Temples.
Sicily is well known as a center of organized crime. The major Italian mafia centers of Naples and Palermo (of Sicily) have given rise to organized crime families far beyond the Sicilian shores, to the United States and other parts of Europe. The reputed income of Italian mobs, of which Sicilian crime families are preeminent, was estimated to be 63 billion Euros annually, or 7 percent of Italian economy, according to estimates by the Confesercenti, Italy’s leading retail association.
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