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If you are planning a vacation to Sicily, Italy, it is not only about the weather and the food. There are also some great places and things to see. Below a look at five attractions that tourists should not fail to visit.
1. Mount Etna – One of the largest active volcanoes in Europe, Mount Etna is an extremely popular tourist attraction. There are tours Visitors to the region will be able to take cable cars up the mountain and enjoy its spectacular views. Trekkers and nature enthusiasts who would prefer to hike up the mountain can do so with the help of a guide. The quite amazing thing is that in the winter time you can also ski down the Etna and as yu do on a clear day you can see the ocean.
2. Archaeological Park – The region of Syracuse boasts a collection of ancient buildings and ruins that are sure to be of much interest to tourists. Visitors will be able to see the Greek amphitheatre constructed out of rock, a Roman amphitheatre and the Orecchio di Dionigi, a cavern that is reputed to be shaped like an ear. Sicily is wonderful for lovers of archaeology and this park is a great starting point.
3. Imperial Roman Villa – Visitors to Sicily will enjoy seeing the extraordinary mosaics features in the Imperial Roman villa. This villa has 40 rooms that are tiled in intricate mosaic patterns and colours which are an example of Roman history. Visitors will be able to tour the villa everyday from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm.
4. Vallei de Templi – Otherwise known as the Valley of the Temples, this architectural hotspot has been declared a heritage site by UNESCO. It is an extremely favoured tourist destination, and is situated in Agrigento. All the Temples in this region are Doric and have been built so that they face the east in order to allow the sacred statues to receive the first rays of the sun. Some of the temples to be found here include the Temple of Demeter, Temple of Vulcan, Temple of Hera and Temple of Zeus.
5. Cathedral of Saint Agata – This cathedral is shaped like a cross and is based in Catania; Legend has it that the cathedral has been built on the very spot where the Springs of Achilles once flowed. You could easily combine seeing the Catania markets in the morning with then heading in the last afternoon after a siesta, to Cathedral Saint Agata.