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Sicily (D: Sizilien; I: Sicilia) Sicily, Italy #

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Together with some minor (partially active volcanic) islands, it is an autonomous region of Italy, the Regione Siciliana. It is separated from the Apennine peninsula by the narrow Strait of Messina. It is known for monuments of its varied history of some 10.000 years, its beautiful flowers in spring and Mount Etna, with 3,350 m the highest active volcano in Europe.

Pictures in this collection are from May 2014. They can be used for whatever purpose with the attribution: "Photo: Maurer for Austria-Forum.org"

Palermo Palermo, Italy #

Palermo
Palermo
Palermo
Palermo, looking North
Palermo
Palermo
Palermo
Palermo
Palermo
Palermo, San Giovanni degli Eremiti
Palermo
Palermo
Palermo
Palermo, Fontana Pretoria
Palermo
Palermo, Fontana Pretoria
Palermo
Palermo, Quattro Canti, a house where all four sides are full of sculptures and ornaments
Palermo
Palermo, main cathedral, famous for the tomb of Friedrich II and his family

Monreal Monreale, Palermo, Sicily, Italien zoom= , monastery/fortification above and the famous rock/monastery at Cefalù Cefalù, Palermo, Sicilia, Italien zoom= , all in easy reach of Palermo#

Palermo
Monreal and surroundings: The cathedral
Palermo
Monreal and surroundings
Palermo
Monreal and surroundings: Wall of cathedral
Palermo
Monreal and surroundings: Inside cathedral
Palermo
Monreal and surroundings: Looking back from hike to fortification
Palermo
Monreal and surroundings:Fortification above Monreal, some 15 km away; secret underground passage to cathedral; fortification played even important role in WWII
Palermo
Monreal and surroundings: Flowers along the ascent to forcification/monastery
Palermo
Monreal and surroundings: Flowers along the ascent to forcification/monastery
Palermo
Monreal and surroundings: Flowers along the ascent to forcification/monastery
Palermo
Monreal and surroundings: Near fortification
Palermo
Monreal and surroundings: First glimpse of remaining walls
Palermo
Monreal and surroundings: Fortification
Palermo
Monreal and surroundings: Fortification
Palermo
Monreal and surroundings: Fortification
Palermo
Monreal and surroundings: First vie of Cefalù with cathedral and to the right the rock that is now a main attraction
Palermo
Monreal and surroundings: Cefalù cathedral
Palermo
Monreal and surroundings: Cefalù in cathedral
Palermo
Monreal and surroundings: Cefalù, view of sea
Palermo
Monreal and surroundings: Cefalù, view of city and rock from harbour
Palermo
Monreal and surroundings: Cefalù, lower part of rock
Palermo
Monreal and surroundings: Cefalù, fighting my way up
Palermo
Monreal and surroundings: I made it
Palermo
Monreal and surroundings: Cefalù: Looking down
Palermo
Monreal and surroundings: Cefalù: Looking down
Palermo
Monreal and surroundings: Cefalù: Looking down

From Palermo via Segesta Le Site de Segeste, Calatafimi, Trapani, Sicily, Italy and the gigantic excavation of Selinunte selinunte,sicily, Italy to Agrigento Agrigento, Sicily, Italy #

Palermo
Segesta: First glimpse of temple
Palermo
Segesta: The temple was built around 420 BC on a hill above the city of Segesta
Palermo
Segesta
Palermo
Segesta
Palermo
Segesta
Palermo
Segesta
Palermo
Segesta: On the 30 minute uphill walk to the amphitheatre there are many flowers
Palermo
Segesta
Palermo
Segesta
Palermo
Segesta: Looking back at temple
Palermo
Segesta: Looking back at temple from top of hill
Palermo
Segesta: The theatre above the temple was built about 200 years after the temple
Sicily
Selinunte on the Soutwest Coast of Sicily was founded around 650 BC by colonistsfrom North of Syracus
Sicily
Selinunte had over 50.000 inhabitants (some sources say over 100.000) around 500 BC
Sicily
Selinunte with its 8 temples was one of the most important cities in Sicily
Sicily
Selinunte took sometimes sides with Greece, at others with Carthago
Sicily
Selinunte was destroyed by Carthago in 409 BC
Sicily
Selinunte became unimportant after 409
Sicily
The last inhabitants were driven away in 250 BC
Sicily
An earthquake around 600 AC destroyed the remaining structures
Sicily
What now remains of Selinunte are impressive ruins
Sicily
Selinunte is a large areas with ruins of temples alternating with flowers and trees
Sicily
Selinunte
Sicily
Selinunte
Sicily
Selinunte
Sicily
Selinunte
Sicily
A Judas tree in bloom
Sicily
Selinunte ruins
Sicily
Selinunte ruins
Sicily
Selinunte
Sicily
Selinunte
Sicily
Hotel in Agrigento. Pool was closed, so an alternative had to be found
Sicily
The coast near the hotel did not look terribly inviting
Sicily
But---what the heck!

On the way from Agrigento Agrigento, Sicily, Italy to North of Syracus Syracus, Sicily, Italy the main attraction is the Villa Romana de Casale with its incredible frescos near Piazza Amerina Piazza Amerina, Sicily, Italy #

Villa Romana
Villa Romana
Villa Romana
Hunting Scene
Villa Romana
Hunting Scene
Villa Romana
Hunting Scene
Villa Romana
Famous Bikini Girls
Villa Romana
Explanation of Bikini Girls
Villa Romana
Detail of two Bikini Girls
Villa Romana
Note that Romans were quite familiar with animals from Africa
Villa Romana
Villa Romana
Piazza Amerina
Piazza Amerina

Syracus Syracus, Sicily, Italy was already inhabited 3000 years ago and was for centuries the most important city in Italy. Among the many attractions are the ampitheatres and the quarry whoose tunnels and caves partially collapsed at some stage in an earthquake.#

Syracus
View of Etna from Syracus
Syracus
Ancient amphitheatre being prepared for a performance
Syracus
Detail
Syracus
Well behind upper end of amphitheatre
Syracus
Quarry
Syracus
Quarry
Syracus
Quarry
Syracus
Quarry
Syracus
Entrance to one of the Caves of the quarry
Syracus
Entrance to tall cave
Syracus
In tall cave
Syracus
Second amphitheatre
Syracus
This one was used for fights, not theatrical performances

River Ciane near Syracus Syracus, Sicily, Italy with well (Fonte Ciane)#

River Ciane near Syracus
The lower part of river Ciane is large enough for boating
River Ciane near Syracus
River Ciane near Syracus
River Ciane near Syracus
As the river gets smaller the trip turns into a pleasant walk
River Ciane near Syracus
Man flowers, but most surprising: Papyrus is growing here!
River Ciane near Syracus
Reportedly Papyrus is growing wild in Europe only here
River Ciane near Syracus
This is the pool/ well where the river starts
River Ciane near Syracus
River Ciane near Syracus
River Ciane near Syracus
River Ciane near Syracus

Oldest part of Syracus on Island Ortigia Ortigia, Sicily, Italy #

On Ortigia Island
Artemis fountain in Piazza Archimede
On Ortigia Island
Artemis fountain
On Ortigia Island
Ruins of the Temple of Apollo
On Ortigia Island
Remant of Temple of Apollo
On Ortigia Island
A glimse through the wall
On Ortigia Island
The cathedral
On Ortigia Island
Tower of church
On Ortigia Island
Well of Arethusa
On Ortigia Island
Fish in the well

Etna Etna, Sicily, Italy and hikes in the area of Taormina Taormina, Sicily, Italy #

Around Etna and Taormina
Mt. Etna from top end of road
Around Etna and Taormina
One of the smaller craters
Around Etna and Taormina
Lava field
Around Etna and Taormina
House on lava field
Around Etna and Taormina
Hiking with Etna in the background
Around Etna and Taormina
Around Etna and Taormina
Around Etna and Taormina
Around Etna and Taormina
Around Etna and Taormina
Around Etna and Taormina
Around Etna and Taormina
Around Etna and Taormina
Amphitheatre of Taormina
Around Etna and Taormina
With luck Mt. Etna can be seen as backdrop of theatre
Around Etna and Taormina
Main square of Taormina