My favourite place: Sicily

Continuing our historical holidays series, Miles recommends a ‘three-cornered isle’ teeming with Greek, Roman and Norman cultural treasures


This article was first published in the January 2015 issue of BBC History Magazine 

Sicily is distinct in so many ways from mainland Italy, of which it is an autonomous region. Washed by the waters of the Mediterranean, Tyrrhenian and Ionian Seas, this strategically placed ‘three-cornered isle’ has been a battleground for Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Vandals, Ostrogoths, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans and other great powers of the ancient, medieval and early modern world.

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