Saturday, May 14, 2005

Sicilian Trivia

Things I've learned about Sicily that "may" be true . . .

. . . Sicily (Messina) was hit by a tsunami and an earthquake in 1908. Ninety percent of the city was destroyed, and men had to come from all over the island to bury the dead.
. . . The mafia doesn't control all of Sicily. The most important tourist town, Taormina, brags that is is mafia-free.
. . . Sicily produces 50% of the world's artichokes.
. . . Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean.
. . . About 5 million people live in Sicily (about the size of Atlanta's population).
. . . Ice cream was invented here, maybe with snow from Mt. Etna?
. . . Sicily has more sunshine than any other place in Europe.
. . . The Greek philosopher Archimedes lived here.
. . . Germans make up the largest group of tourists in Sicily (this is no surprise--they are everywhere!)
. . . Sicily is actually surrounded by three seas--the Ionian, the Aolean, and the Tyrranean (all part of the Med). The Aeolian Islands are part of Sicily.
. . . Sicily is triangle-shaped itself.
. . . The best-preserved Greek temples in the world are in Sicily.
. . . Sicilian wines are rapidly becoming popular around the world.
. . . Mt. Etna is the largest active volcano in Europe.
. . . The composer Bellini was from Sicily (Catania).


At May 21, 2005 10:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you.

At May 22, 2005 5:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steve's grandmother apparently talked a lot about the 1908 quake and how bad it was....she lived in Sicily until she joined her husband (taking their small child born in 1908) in the uSA in about 1910. I hear she died in the l960's in Calif, never learning English after having lived in USA for 55 years or so (the part of CA the lived in was Italian so she never bothered leaving the neighborhood)JOAN


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