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Historic Sicily

History-lovers will be in their element in Sicily, where Baroque beauty takes centre stage and ancient civilisations have left their mark in hilltop towns, craggy castles and plains filled with ancient remains.


The Temple of Concordia in Agrigento

Classical crossroads

The so-called ‘bikini girls’ mosaic at the Villa Romana del Casale


Syracuse encapsulates Sicily’s timeless beauty: ancient Greek ruins rise out of citrus orchards, café tables spill onto Baroque piazzas, and honey-hued medieval lanes lead down to the sparkling blue sea. The ruins of the original metropolis, dating to 734 BC, now constitute the Parco Archeologico della Neapolis (Viale Paradiso; 9am–dusk Mon–Sat, 9am–1pm Sun; £8.50, incl museum £11.50).

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