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Sicily inside out: Part 1: Why visit the biggest island in the Mediterranean

Visiting Sicily has long been a dream of mine. Why? Because it’s a place combining the crystal waters of the Mediterranean, the melody of Italian language, fascinating countryside, a mystique volcano and an unparalleled historical legacy.

I’ve been to southern Italy (Naples and around) before and it was so different from the North. My first impression was it was so…dirty and noisy there, but later on I realized you could really feel Italy, the true and authentic one, much more in the South than the North. Hence my dream to visit Sicily as the southernmost part of Italy, and crash into the colors, passion and temperament of Italian culture at its extreme.

Sicily, however, turned to be a unique place where Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, French, Germans, Spanish, Italians and even British people left a footprint in the culture and mindset of the people inhabiting it. And it addition to this spectacular cultural mix, there’s also the diversity of nature, ranging from steep rocks through thick forestry to peaceful green fields.