An island the size of Vermont, Sicily, for thousands of years, was under the domination of outside forces including Greeks, Arabs, Romans and Normans. Their influences are layered throughout the Sicilian lifestyle — from the architecture to the cuisine — and combine to create a complex and fascinating place. Although it would take a lifetime to fully explore Sicily, start with a few days in Palermo and the surrounding area or a visit to the Sicilian resort of Taormina and its environs and you’ll begin to get a feel for the island. Whether you are more at home on dusty, volcanic hiking trails or inside, surrounded by ancient artifacts, Sicily has something for everyone, all presented in a uniquely Italian, or rather, Sicilian way. As J.W. Goethe wrote in Journey to Italy, “To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is to have not seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything.”

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