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Italy in Photos

Photos of Italy taken on Walks in the Cities Towns & Villages of Italia

Sicily

Welcome to Italy in Photos, where we invite you to embark on a journey through the enchanting region of Sicily: – Sicily, or Sicilia in Italian, is a region that is as diverse as it is beautiful. It is the largest and most populous island in the Mediterranean Sea and one of the 20 regions of Italy. Officially referred to as Regione Siciliana, it is one of the five Italian autonomous regions. The island is home to approximately 4.8 million inhabitants. Its capital city, Palermo, is a bustling metropolis that perfectly encapsulates the region’s rich history and vibrant culture. Sicily’s geographical location in the central Mediterranean Sea, south of the Italian Peninsula, makes it a unique blend of cultures and influences. The island is separated from Calabria on the mainland by the Strait of Messina. One of Sicily’s most prominent landmarks is Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe and one of the most active in the world. Standing at 3,357 meters high, it is a sight to behold. The island’s climate is typically Mediterranean, with hot summers and mild winters. This climate, combined with its fertile soil, makes Sicilia an agricultural haven. The region produces a variety of crops, including citrus fruits, olives, and grapes.

Sicily’s history is as rich as its landscape is diverse. The earliest archaeological record of human activity on the island dates to around 14,000 BC. Over the centuries, Sicily has been home to several civilizations, including the Phoenicians and Greeks. The region became one of the centres of Magna Graecia with many Greek city-states established along its coasts. The island officially became part of Italy in 1860 following the Expedition of the Thousand, a revolt led by Giuseppe Garibaldi during the unification of Italy. Despite being part of Italy now, Sicily has retained its distinct culture. Sicily’s cultural richness can be seen in its arts, music, literature, cuisine, and architecture. The region is known for its traditional puppet theatres, vibrant markets, and delicious street food. Sicilian cuisine is renowned worldwide for its bold flavours and fresh ingredients. Sicily is a region that offers a unique blend of natural beauty and cultural richness. Its stunning landscapes, historical sites, delicious cuisine, and warm people make it a must-visit destination for any traveller. Let our captivating photographs transport you directly to the heart of this unique region, capturing its essence in every image. Italy in Photos – a remarkable visual journey that unveils the wonders of Italy, one image at a time.

The Provinces of Sicily

Agrigento – The Province of Agrigento is a region in the south-western coast of Sicily, Italy. It was founded by Greek colonists in the 6th century BC as Akragas, and became one of the most prosperous and influential cities in the ancient Mediterranean. Today, the province is known for its rich cultural heritage, especially the Valley of Temples, where the remains of ancient Doric temples dedicated to various gods and goddesses can be admired. The province also boasts beautiful beaches, natural reserves, and vineyards that produce fine wines. The Province of Agrigento is a place where history, nature, and culture blend together to create a unique and fascinating destination for visitors3 It is a land of contrasts, where ancient and modern, rural and urban, sea and mountain coexist in harmony.

Caltanissetta – The Province of Caltanissetta is a province located in the southern part of Sicily, Italy. The province is known for its rich history, beautiful landscapes, and vibrant culture. The capital of the province is Caltanissetta, which is home to many historical landmarks, including the Cathedral of Santa Maria La Nova and the Church of San Sebastiano. The province is also home to the beautiful town of Mussomeli, which is famous for its stunning castle that dates back to the 14th century. The province is surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty, including the Salso River, which is the main river of the province, and the Gulf of Gela, where the river meets the Mediterranean. The province is also home to many charming towns and villages, each with its own unique character and charm. The people of Caltanissetta are known for their warm hospitality and love of life, making it a wonderful place to visit and explore.

Catania – The Province of Catania is a province located in the eastern part of Sicily, Italy. The province is home to the beautiful city of Catania, which is the capital of the province and is located on the east coast of Sicily. The city is known for its rich history, stunning architecture, and vibrant culture. The province is surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty, including the Ionian Sea to the northeast and the largest active volcano in Europe, Mount Etna, which is located in the province. The province is also home to many charming towns and villages, each with its own unique character and charm. The people of Catania are known for their warm hospitality and love of life, making it a wonderful place to visit and explore. The province has an area of 3,552 square kilometers and a total population of about 1,116,917 as of 31 December 2014. Historically known as Val di Catania, the province was founded by Greeks in 729 BC and was conquered by the Romans in the First Punic War in 263 BC. It has experienced many volcanic eruptions from Mount Etna, the first of which was recorded in 475 BC 1. The province is also famous for the Carnival of Acireale, which is the most famous carnival in Sicily.

Enna – The Province of Enna is a province in the autonomous island region of Sicily, Italy. It was created in 1927, out of parts of the provinces of Caltanisetta and Catania. It is the only landlocked province in Sicily, and the highest provincial capital in Italy, located on a mountain at 931 m above sea level. The province of Enna is renowned for its rich history and culture, especially for the cult of the goddess Demeter, the Roman Ceres, who was worshipped in the ancient city of Enna. The province of Enna has an area of 2,562 square kilometres, and a total population of 168,052 (2017). There are 20 comuni in the province, including Enna, Piazza Armerina, Nicosia, Leonforte, and Barrafranca. Some of the main attractions of the province are the Villa Romana del Casale, a huge ancient Roman villa with well-preserved mosaics1, the Castello di Lombardia, the biggest castle of Sicily, and the Lake Pergusa, a wildlife reserve with a forest and thousands of rare birds. The province of Enna is a fascinating destination for those who want to discover the heart of Sicily.

Messina – The Province of Messina is a beautiful region located in northeastern Sicily, Italy. It is known for its stunning natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and vibrant local communities. The province has an area of 3,247 square kilometers and a population of over 650,000 people. The capital of the province is the city of Messina, which is a vital transportation hub between Sicily and mainland Italy. The territory is largely mountainous, with the exception of alluvial plain at the mouths of the various rivers. The largest plain is that in the area between Milazzo and Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto, which, together with Messina, form a metropolitan area of some 500,000 inhabitants, one of the largest in southern Italy. The province is home to the Aeolian Islands, which are part of the comune of Lipari. The main mountain ridges are the Peloritani, up to 1,300 meters in elevation, and the Nebrodi, up to 1,900 meters, which are included in a Regional Natural Reserve. The province is also known for its religious feasts and traditions, such as the Feast of Saint Nicholas in Saponara, the Feast of Saint Lucy in Santa Lucia del Mela, and the Feast of the Madonna della Lettera in Messina.

Palermo – The Province of Palermo is a beautiful region located in the northwestern part of Sicily, Italy. It is known for its stunning natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and vibrant local communities. The province has an area of 4,992 square kilometers and a population of over 1,249,533 people. The capital of the province is the city of Palermo, which is the largest city in Sicily and the fifth-largest city in Italy. The province is surrounded by the Tyrrhenian Sea in the north, the Province of Trapani in the west, the provinces of Agrigento and Caltanissetta in the south, Enna in the southeast, and Messina in the east. The land is mountainous and includes the Pollina and Imera Valleys. The Madonie Range is also located in the province. The province is popular for its beaches, namely Mondello. The seat of the Sicilian parliament is located in the province. A cathedral containing the tombs of Frederick II and other rulers is also a well-known tourist attraction. The Madonie Regional Park is also located in the province

Ragusa – The Province of Ragusa is a former administrative division of Sicily, Italy, located in the southeast of the island. It was replaced by the free municipal consortium of Ragusa in 2015. The province is known for its rich cultural heritage, especially its Baroque architecture, which is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The province covers an area of 1,623.89 square kilometres (626.99 sq mi) and has a population of 321,192 (2017). The capital is the city of Ragusa, which is built on a limestone hill between two deep valleys. The province also includes other charming towns such as Modica, Scicli, Vittoria and Ispica. The province has a diverse landscape, ranging from the Hyblaean Mountains in the north to the sandy beaches and fishing villages along the coast. The province is also famous for its agricultural products, such as greenhouse vegetables, dairy and meat. The Province of Ragusa is a destination for tourists who want to discover the beauty and history of Sicily.

Siracusa – The Province of Siracusa is a beautiful and historic region located in southeastern Sicily, Italy. It is bordered by the Ionian and Mediterranean seas, and is surrounded by stunning natural beauty. The region is home to the city of Syracuse, which was founded by Greek colonists in the 8th century BC and is known for its rich Greek and Roman history, culture, amphitheatres, and architecture. Syracuse is also the birthplace of the pre-eminent mathematician and engineer Archimedes. The city played a key role in ancient times, when it was one of the major powers of the Mediterranean world. Syracuse is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site along with the Necropolis of Pantalica. The province has an area of 2,109 square kilometres and a population of around 400,000 people. The region is known for its beautiful beaches, crystal-clear waters, and stunning landscapes. It is also home to many historic landmarks, including the Temple of Apollo, the Greek Theatre, and the Ear of Dionysius. The Province of Siracusa is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in history, culture, and natural beauty.

Trapani – The Province of Trapani is a beautiful and historic region located in the autonomous island region of Sicily, Italy. It has an area of 2,469.62 square kilometres and a total population of 433,826 people. The province is bordered by the Tyrrhenian Sea to the north, the Mediterranean Sea to the south, and the Strait of Sicily to the west. The region is known for its stunning natural beauty, including the Egadi Islands, which consist of three main islands, Favignana, Levanzo, and Marettimo, and two islets, Formica and Maraone. The province is also home to the island of Pantelleria, which is the largest of Sicily. The area now covered by the province was occupied successively by the Carthaginians, Greeks, and Romans. The port of Trapani, first known as Drepana, then Drepanon, was inhabited by the Sicani and the Elymi, becoming a prosperous Phoenician trading center by the 8th century BC 2. The city of Trapani, which is the capital of the province, became a provincial capital in 1817. The province is also known for its delicious cuisine, which includes seafood, pasta, and other local specialties. The Province of Trapani is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in history, culture, and natural beauty.

Taormina

Giardini Naxos

Palermo