Just 3km of water separates Sicily from Italy, but there are many differences between this beautiful island and the Italian mainland. Sicilians have their own identity, and see themselves as islanders first and Italians second. Here you’ll find a mix of historical influences such as ancient Greek temples, Arabic buildings, Spanish Baroque palaces and cathedrals from the Norman area. The cuisine is a mix of Italian and North African influence – think rose and jasmine ice cream, and markets selling olives, oranges, almonds, lemons and peppers. The island is overlooked by Mount Etna and its surrounding forests and cold lava streams, while cities buzz with life and activity from restaurants, shops, nightlife and theatres.

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