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03/14/2011

Sicily excursion

Spring semester offers students the opportunity to go to Sicily for a few days. We left on Wednesday 23 and returned to Ferrara on Sunday 28 February.

Sicily is an island at the centre of the Mediterranean but at the very edge of Europe, which is part of Italy and yet very different in terms of culture, food and natural beauty. But perhaps it is the remarkable history of the island that makes this visit unique.

The strategic importance of Sicily meant that almost all the great civilizations  of the west and (and even middle east) have left their mark in architectural treasures that are testimony to a heritage we share.

There are Greek, Roman, Arab, Norman and Spanish remains, in the form of temples and villas, castles and churches, all in the context of strikingly picturesque natural landscape of an island with unspoiled coastline and exotic flora. Probably no other island on earth offers so much in such a limited space.

 Highlights from the excursion.

Collage sicily 1 

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