Overview: The largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily is an autonomous region of Italy with an area of 25,700 sq km and a population of 5 million. Sicily's principal cities include the regional capital Palermo, and the other provincial capitals: Agrigento, Ragusa, Messina, Syracuse, Trapani, Catania, Caltanissetta and Enna. For 2,000 years Sicily has been a grain-producer. Other agricultural industries include olives and wine.
The volcano Mount Etna, near Catania, is the tallest volcano in Europe at 3,320 m (10,900 ft) high. Of all the world's volcanoes Mount Etna is the most active. To the ancient Greeks, Mount Etna was the realm of Vulcan (God of fire) and the home of Cyclops (the one-eyed monster).
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From the 8th Century BC Sicily was colonised by Greeks, and by Phoenicians & Punic settlers from Carthage. The most important colony was established at Syracuse in 734 BC. For 6 centuries Sicily was a province of the Roman Empire.
Sights to visit:
Greek temple, Selinunte
Greek temple, Selinunte
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Sicily is the only Mediterranean island still yet to be developed for tourism although this is beginning to change. Many large companies have been investing in the island and, in addition, many airlines now fly into Sicily. Access to Sicily is therefore opening up to people from all over Europe.
Property is affordable and the warm climate and improved access from Europe makes the Italian island of Sicily an ideal place to buy a house / home or to be used as a vacation rental.
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Getting around Sicily, Italy
- By road - The majority of Sicily's motorways (autostrade) run through the northern part of the island. A19 Palermo-Catania, A20 Palermo-Messina, A29 Palermo-Mazara del Vallo and the toll road A18 Messina-Catania are the main ones. Due to the mountainous terrain much of the motorway network is elevated on columns. Well-maintained secondary roads make up the road network in the south of Sicily.
- By train - Sicily's train services are not always very efficient but they do function. . But for land transportation, it's the occasional bizarre payment procedures that we want to warn you about. But first, a general guide.
- By bus - Bus stations are generally near the main railway stations in the major cities (make sure you stamp your ticket on the bus to avoid a fine)
- By ferry - Ferries depart at Milazzo for the Lipari islands
- By air - There are airports at Palermo, Catania & Trapani
The italian island of Sicily is situated in the Mediterranean Sea to the west of mainland southern Italy, south east of the island of Sardinia (Sardegna).
Getting to Sicily, Italy:
By air -
International Airports: Palermo International Airport & Catania-Fontanarossa Airport
National Airports: Trapani and on the small islands of Pantelleria and Lampedusa
By ferry - Daily service operates between Malta and Sicily, stopping at Pozzallo or Catania
By train - Trenitalia, the national railway company, connects Sicily to the Italian peninsula. Trains are loaded onto ferries for the crossing from mainland Italy
Climate: Excellent climate all year round
Regions: Italy is divided into the following regions:
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Italy Real Estate News
||Home values struggle in Italy |
Expert research suggests Italian real estate prices will continue to decline during the remainder of 2014.
||Buying a home in Italy just became cheaper|
A change in the real estate taxes payable on Italian properties has been welcomed by agents across Italy in the hope that sales of homes throughout the country will increase during the year ahead.
||Real estate tax to stay in Italy|
The Italian real estate market has failed to show any major signs of recovery as house prices continue to decline and the situation is unlikely to change in the months ahead.
||Tax reduction to boost home sales in Italy|
The Italian real estate market has been stuck in the doldrums for many months without any encouraging signs of recovery yet to emerge but that could change in the not too distant future.
||Foreign investors plump for Italy|
Italian real estate remains a popular choice for overseas investors looking to buy a second home in sunnier climes.
||Real estate prices plunge in Italy|
Prime Italian real estate prices in Liguria and Venice seem to be holding fast so far this year but other regions have seen prime property prices decline during the last six months.
||Homes in Italy for foreign buyers|
The domestic market for residential real estate in Italy suffered badly last year as many people struggled to enter the property market due to a lack of available finance.
||Italian property prices set to dip|
According to various financial experts the Italian national debt crisis still dominates the headlines and recovery is many years away with many hurdles yet to be faced, the property market continues to flounder.
||Great time to buy holiday home in Italy|
The Italian real estate market is the ideal place to look for a holiday home with many properties on offer at bargain prices according to agents specialising in Italian properties for sale.
||Try before you buy builds in Italy|
Like so many of its neighbours the Italian real estate market has floundered in the wake of the global cash crisis but buyer interest is on the increase.
||Italy extends property tax|
Tax breaks for the Catholic Church will decline in the New Year as the Government looks for ways to increase taxes on Italian real estate in an effort to attack the national debt.
||Historic Italian properties up for sale|
The on-going financial crisis has prompted the authorities to list a whole range of historic Italian properties for sale in a bid to raise much needed funds.
||Italian village hits the market|
A property in Italy has just been listed for sale with eBay for 2.5 million euro after the current owners have been unable to find a buyer using the more customary way of selling residential real estate.
||Italian island up for grabs|
An exclusive real estate opportunity is presented in the Italian property market for the island of San Spirito close to Venice.
||Reduced real estate boots up recovery in Italy|
Italian real estate has been one of the slowest markets to be hit by the global events of the past 18 months, & until recently was looking fairly slow on the recovery uptake too.
||Russian investors warming their toes in Italy|
It’s puzzling as to why UK investors have been shying away from Italy's real estate market, given the fact that the value of property in the country hasn’t seen the turbulence felt elsewhere in the world.
||Italy – Safe as houses|
The Italian real estate market is being touted as one of the most stable and a must for any risk adverse investor looking to buy abroad.
||A piece a Italy tempts investors|
Italian real estate is gaining popularity according to Primelocation.com who have released figures based on their search engine results.
||Italian property market looking gooood!|
Italian real estate has remained one cool customer during the mighty volcanic eruption of the world’s economies and investment in that market, even now, appears to represent sound stability that is hard to beat.