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Sicily was the granary of Rome, the production of grain (22,275,000 bushels) is not sufficient for the home consumption, a fact to be explained either by the increase of population, or by the system of large estates, or by the primitive methods employed.
Sicily was given to John of Aragon, whose son Ferdinand (1479-1516) became King of Aragon and Castile (and of Naples, 1503).
Sicily was the asylum of the royal family, and was protected by the British fleet.
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  Sicily - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Sicily (Sicilia in Italian and Sicilian, Σικελία in Greek) is an autonomous region of Italy and the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, with an area of 25,700 sq.
Sicily is adjacent to the region of Calabria via the Strait of Messina to the east.
The Aeolian islands to the north are administratively a part of Sicily, as are the Aegadian Islands and Pantelleria Island to the west, Ustica Island to the north-west, and the Pelagian Islands to the south-west.
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 Sicily - MSN Encarta
Sicily is subject to constant drought, not much relieved by the oppressive sirocco wind that blows across the island from North Africa.
In 1127 Roger II, count of Sicily, was recognized as duke of Apulia and Calabria, and in 1130 he assumed the title of king of Sicily.
Soon thereafter, the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies was divided; Naples remained under the control of the house of Anjou, but the island of Sicily became independent and chose as king Pedro III, king of Aragón, who was connected by marriage with the house of Hohenstaufen.
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 YouTube - Sensational Sicily
Sicily is directly adjacent to the region of Calabria via the Strait of Messina to the east.
The Aeolian islands to the north are administratively a part of Sicily, as are the Aegadian Islands and Pantelleria Island to the west, Ustica Island to the north-west, and the Pelagian Islands to the south-west.
Sicily was ruled by the Sunni Aghlabid dynasty in Tunisia and the Shiite Fatimids in Egypt.
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 Welcome to Sicily Bella   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean, with a coast line of over 1,000 kilometers and a population of over five million.
In the seas around Sicily, the Aeolian or Lipari archipelago and Ustica lie to the north, the Egadi island to the west, Pantelleria and the Pelagies to the south.
Sicily is not only a land of history, it is a land of spectacle.
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 Sicily. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
Palermo is the capital of Sicily, which is divided into the provinces of Agrigento, Caltanisetta, Catania, Enna, Messina, Pallermo, Ragusa, Syracuse, and Trapani (named for their capitals).
The largest Mediterranean island, Sicily is triangular and formerly was sometimes called Trinacria [Gr.,=triangle]; capes Boeo (or Lilibeo), Passero, and Punta del Faro (or Peloro) are the vertices of the triangle.
Naples and Sicily were merged, despite Sicilian protests, in 1816, when Ferdinand I styled himself officially king of the Two Sicilies.
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 Allied invasion of Sicily - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Allied invasion of Sicily began on the night of the July 9-10 July 1943 and ended August 17 in an Allied victory.
The invasion of Sicily was a major Allied amphibious and airborne operation involving United Kingom, Canadian and American forces, tasked with taking the Island from the Axis forces represented by Italian and German soldiers.
Canadians in Sicily: Troops of The Loyal Edmonton Regiment entered Modica marching in a relaxed manner, but rifles are close to hand and bayonets are fixed, ready for sudden action.
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Sicily was a Greek colony, a Roman province, an Arab emirate and a Norman kingdom.
Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean, and until the fourteenth century Sicily was the most important island in Europe.
The wild boar that has been re-introduced into Sicily is actually a Sardinian variety, but a local species of toad whose body grows to a length of almost 20 centimeters (8 inches) sometimes ventures out into the rains, several varieties of frog inhabit the streams, and several varieties of gecko lizard are ubiquitous.
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 Sicily - The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition - HighBeam Research   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Rome was victorious by 241 BC, and after the death (c.215) of Hiero II of Syracuse, virtually all of Sicily came under Rome.
The Arabs were displaced by the Norman conquest of Sicily (1060-91), led by Roger I.
Revolts occurred in 1820 and 1848-49 and were mercilessly suppressed; the bombardments of Messina (1848) and Palermo (1849) earned Ferdinand II the nickname "King Bomba." In 1860, Garibaldi conquered the island, which then voted to join the kingdom of Sardinia.
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 Sicily, Italy (Photo Archive)
Sicily played a central role as a supplier of grain for the city of Rome, but the ruthless exploitation of the agricultural slaves led to several rebellions, the most important in 139-132 BCE and 104-100 BCE.
Sicily became a separate kingdom ruled by a branch of the House of Aragon, but the conflict with the Angevins in Naples continued for decades to come, with repeated and reciprocal invasions in Sicily and Southern Italy.
Sicily was ruled by a viceroy with residence in the Norman Palace of Palermo.
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(The treacherous whirlpools and undertoe in the strait inspired the ancient legend of Scylla and Charybdis.) Sicily is a triangular island, bounded on the Southwest by the Mediterrean Sea, on the North by the Tyrrhenian Sea, and on the East by the Ionian Sea.
Sicily is comprised of nine regions (Agrigento, Caltanissetta, Catania, Enna, Messina, Palermo, Ragusa, Siracusa, and Trapani) and many smaller islands (the Egadi Islands, the Lipari Islands, the Pelagie Islands which include Lampedusa, Pantelleria island, and Ustica island).
Sicily passed briefly to the house of Savoy (1713) and then to the Austrian Habsburgs (1720), but in 1734, during the War of the Polish Succession, both Sicily and Naples were conquered by the Spanish Bourbon prince Charles.
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 Islands.com | Sicily
Sicily is a treasure trove of the past: more ancient Greek temples than Greece, the finest Roman mosaics in the world (at Piazza Armerina), and castles and churches from the Middle Ages.
But this is also a land of great natural beauty, from smoldering Mount Etna looming over the narrow Strait of Messina that separates the island from Italy to central valleys filled with spring wildflowers and dramatic rocky shorelines that shelter fine, seldom crowded beaches.
SIGHTSEEING The Greeks were drawn to the island's southern coast, the Sicily that faces Africa, and these days it attracts travelers who like to combine a morning of culture and an afternoon at the beach.
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 WWII Campaigns: Sicily
Thus the decision to invade Sicily represented an uneasy compromise between coalition partners, a compromise that left the commanders in the field with an imperfect understanding of the ultimate purpose of the operation.
By happy coincidence, Sicily's other major ports—Palermo, Catania, Augusta, and Syracuse—are also clustered in the northwestern and southeastern corners of the island, as were the majority of the island's thirty major airfields.
Sicily was also a victory for the logistician and the staff planner.
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 In Italy Online - Sicily
Except at the summit of Mt. Etna, most of Sicily is mild and sunny all winter long, making it a great destination in January or February, when air fares are traditionally at their lowest.
Sicily has often been a glorious imperial capital during its surprisingly rich history.
Sciacca is a city in southwest Sicily famous for its ceramics and its Carnival.
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In 1816 both Kingdoms were merged into the new Kingdom of the Two Sicilies and the island was gradually reduced to a simple Neapolitan dependency.
Commander of the Forces in Sicily Commandante delle Truppe in Sicilia 1863 Gen. Giuseppe Govone 1825 - 1872 In 1866 a military extraordinary commissioner was sent to the island to terminate the provisional administration set up in Palermo and some surrounding villages by opponents to the annexation to Italy.
It's also the occasion to present the structure of one of those obscure and often illegal organizations which existed - and most probably still exist - in different countries and which were (are) often at least as powerfull as the formal political and economical authorities of the country involved.
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A decision to invade Sicily was made at an Allied conference at Casablanca which took place from January 14 to 23, 1943.
For weeks before the invasion, Allied planes raided western Sicily in order to deceive the defenders regarding the Allied intention, which was to make landings on the southern and eastern coasts of the island.
After recovering from their initial surprise, the German forces in Sicily succeeded in blocking the most direct route to Messina by concentrating against the British Eighth Army in the vicinity of Catania.
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Sicily is an island in the Mediterranean Sea, south-west of Italy.
Sicily was the first large-scale amphibious operation against enemy-held beaches in the second world war.
Elsenhower, the Supreme Commander, was in Algiers; Alexander, in command of the land forces, was in Sicily; Cunningham, the Naval C.-in-C., was in Malta; whereas Tedder, the Air C.-in-C., had his headquarters in Tunis.
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Sicily, throughout history has been a place where more cultures have converged than any other in Europe or the world.
Sicily may be more interesting to those who enjoy adventures off the "beaten path".
If taking the train to Sicily from places such as Rome or Florence, it is advised for those who can sleep on the train, to take a night train which has beds.
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Illiteracy in Sicily reached extremes of 70.89% in the demographic census of 1901, of 56.97% the next decade, as compared to a national average that reached, respectively, 48.49% and 37.43%.
Alessio di Giovanni (1872-1946) chose his native Valplatani as the backdrop of his poetic universe, almost to illustrate Tolstoy's maxim: "describe your village and you will be universal"; with the master of Russian narrative he shared a vocation for realism and a tendency to develop symbiotically the poles of sociability and religiosity.
It is not a "translation": the poet made it his own, recreated from within in verses of admirable freshness: an insular Pinocchio who seems to have been born in Sicily, almost a homage of the "pupi" and the paladins to their Tuscan brother.
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 Amazon.com: Michelin THE GREEN GUIDE Sicily, 1e (THE GREEN GUIDE): Books: Michelin   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Green Guide Sicily was added to this series in 1998 and gives you all the information you need for a trip to Sicily.
Sicily is not just the birthplace of the Mafia that Hollywood has led you to believe.
Tourist amenities are limited in Sicily, I stayed at one of the best hotels in Palermo (according to the Italy Red Guide) and it was awful.
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 Travel and enjoy Sicily. Sicilian.Net provides information about touring, accommodation and many helpful information ...
Take a look at the Travel Blog for the latest news from Sicily and last but not least: more than 3000 photos in our Photo Archiv of Sicily are waiting for You.
Sicily boasts around 1.000 Km of coastline, mostly rocky in the north and sandy in the south.
Sicily's principal cities include the regional capital Palermo, together with the other provincial capitals Catania, Messina, Syracuse (Siracusa in Italian), Trapani, Enna, Caltanissetta, Agrigento, Ragusa.
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