Sicily is not a country, it is a province of Italy, a region called “regione”!
Ever asked yourself where is Sicily located and if this place is a country or not ?
The surrounding islands are also part of the Italian republic.
Italy became a republic on June 2nd 1946, many Italians voted in a referendum to get rid of the monarchy and that the country to become a republic.
In terms of religion the island became completely Roman Catholic.
Until 1054 the Churches owing allegiance to the Pope and the Patriarch of Constantinople belonged to one Church, after that year they were converted to Catholic Church).
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It is not a country, it is one of the five Italian autonomous regions and together with other 19 provinces it forms Italy. That is why it is called the autonomous region of Sicily.
It has the same currency, flag and governance as the rest of Italy.
The capital of the province is Palermo, a beautiful town located on the northern part of the island! The total population of the island is around 5 million people.
The island is split into 9 provinces: Siracusa, Palermo, Messina, Catania, Caltanissetta, Trapani, Enna, Ragusa and Agrigento.
8 of the 9 provinces have a beautiful coastline, with many wonderful beaches and amazing landscapes.
Enna is the only province which does not have a coastline, but it has instead the highest volcano from Europe.
Yes, it is the largest island from the Mediterranean Sea with a total surface of over 25.500 square kilometres.
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With a surface of 9,927 square miles, Sicily Italy was part of the kingdom of Italy from ancient times that is why today you will still find greek and arabs living on the island.
Giuseppe Garibaldi is considered to be one of the greatest generals of modern times. That is because he contributed to the creation of the Kingdom of Italy.
Sicily has a few major industrial hubs, but most of the island’s land is dedicated to agriculture. Some significant agricultural products are vines, olives, almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, and garden crops.
Island of Sicily is where you will also find Mount Etna, the jewel of the kingdom of Sicily.
The province is separated from Italy’s mainland by the Strait of Messina.
You can easily reach Sicily by taking a ferry or by plane.
In Sicilia, there are 6 airports, spread all over the place.
The most important are Catania Airport “Vincenzo Bellini” and Palermo Airport Falcone Borsellino. These are international airports and many European airlines land on one of these two airports.
There are other two smaller airports where usually land domestic and low-cost flights and two tiny airstrips just for domestic flights.
You can take a bus or a train to explore the island or by renting your own car.
Trains are reliable but very limited when we speak about routes. Most of the train routes are along the coastline.
There are 3 train categories:
- intercity which are the fastest train and stop only in major stations;
- espresso which are a little bit slower and stop on most of the stations from the route and
- regionale the slowest which stop in each and every village from the route
The ticket prices are pretty high and the trains are not as fast as the ones from the Italian mainland.
Buses go almost everywhere after a fixed scheduler.
Buses are the best option when you want to travel from one big city to another, not if you want to explore the island.
In general the buses are fast and offer a direct connection between the main cities of the island.
But if you want to explore the coastline or the countryside, then buses are not the best option.
The ticket prices are reasonable and can be bought from the bus or from specially designated shops.
Cars are the best choice when exploring the island.
They give you the mobility and flexibility you need when planning an itinerary! You don’t have to worry about public transport schedules or about connections.
Pick up your car and start exploring as there are many interesting places to discover on this island!
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No, Sicily is not a country, it is part of Italy which is a country in Europe.
Yes is an island located in the southern part of Italy in Europe.
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