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Where to go in Sicily ????

" To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is not to have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything " Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1787 Whether you are a lover of art, history, mythology, food, vineyards, movies and literary, walking and hiking or just a sun worshipper of beautiful beaches, or lazy days onboard a boat Sicily might just be the perfect destination for you. Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean and it is Italy's largest region, it is also Italy's most varied region. In terms of geology there are offshore islands, an endless coastline, rugged mountains and active volcanos, but its food, architecture and history are also of note. It is also the region which has the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Italy. Sicily formed a significant portion of the Ancient Greek empire, it was strategically vital to Ancient Rome and was invaded in succession by the Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, French, Spanish and Bourbons before unify

Cinema Paradiso ... Movie Locations

With its beautiful natural scenery and breathtaking landscapes Sicily has set the scene for many Hollywood movies including The Godfather Trilogy, Oceans Twelve, Stars War Revenge of the Sith and Aquaman and the British movie A Bigger Splash. Many Italian movies have also been filmed here and one of the most successful is Cinema Paradiso. Cinema Paradiso is a beautiful and moving Italian film with English subtitles written and directed by Giuseppe Tornatore, released in November 1988, which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 62nd Academy Awards in 1989. The film was shot in Giuseppe Tornatore's hometown of Bagheria as well as other locations on the island. Told largely in flashback it is the story of a successful film director's childhood and teenage years and later the story of his return to his native Sicilian town. The film intertwines sentimentality with comedy and nostalgia. It explores issues of youth, coming of age and reflections in adu