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Sicily – Territory

Sicily presents a great landscaping variety. The territory is mostly hilly and flat; the mountain ranges are not very high, while some single mountains are higher: Pizzo Carbonara, Monte Soro and the majestic Etna volcano, always coverd with snow (3343 mt.). Stromboli and Vulcano are others active Volcanoes in Eolie archipelago.

There are 4 FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education) Blue Flags: Lipari -Vulcano, Ispica-Santa Maria del Focallo, Marina di Ragusa, Menfi. The most famous beaches are those of Punta Secca, Capo Passero, San Vito lo Capo (where Cous Cous Festival takes place in september) and Scopello both in the Natural Reserve “Lo Zingaro” and Capo d’Orlando beach next to Messina.

The region has beautiful golden coasts, like Lipari and San Vito lo Capo, and lots of ancients remains coming from those who lived there in the past: Greek, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs and the Bourbons. City and Places in Sicily are a cabinet of architectural ancient marvels.

7 Unesco world heritage sites are in this Island: Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, Eolie Islands, the mosaics of Villa del Casale in Piazza Armerina, the eight late-baroque cities in Noto Valley (Modica, Ragusa, Noto, Catania, Scicli, Militello in Val di Catania, Caltagirone and Palazzolo Acreide), Siracusa and the Pantalica Necropolis, Etna volcano, the Pantelleria vines.

 

NATIONAL PARKS IN SICILY:
Pantelleria National Park

REGIONAL PARKS IN SICILY:
Alcantara Regional Park (Messina)
Nebrodi Regional Park
Etna Regional Park
Madonie Regional Park
Monti Sicani Regional Park

MARINE PROTECTED AREAS IN SICILY:
Egadi Islands
Pelagie Islands
Plemmirio
Capo Gallo – Isola delle Femmine
Ustica Island
Ciclopi Islands

UNESCO GLOBAL GEOPARKS IN SICILY:
Rocca di Cerere Park
Madonie Regional Park

WWF NATURE RESERVES IN SICILY:
In the Province of Trapani:
Lake Preola and Gorghi Tondi
Saline di Trapani e Paceco

In other Provinces:
Capo Rama (Palermo)
Torre Salsa (Agrigento)

BLUE FLAGS IN SICILY:
In the Province of Agrigento:
Menfi – Lido Fiori Bertolino, Porto Palo Cipollazzo

In the Province of Messina:
Lipari – Stromboli: Ficogrande, Lipari: Acquacalda, Canneto, Vulcano: Acque termali, Gelso
Tusa – Spiaggia Lampare, Spiaggia Marina

In the Province of Ragusa:
Ispica – Ciriga, Santa Maria del Focallo
Pozzallo – Pietrenere, Raganzino
Ragusa – Marina di Ragusa

ORANGE FLAGS IN SICILY:
In the Province of Palermo:
Petralia Sottana

 

 

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