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Weddings in Sicily, Italy

The largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, with an area of 25,700 sq. km and five million inhabitants, Sicily is an amazing land of rugged mountains, waving wheat fields and spectacular rocky coasts. Sicily boasts around 1.000 Km of coastline, mostly rocky in the north and sandy in the south. The island is a unique blend of art, archeology, history and tradition. Sicilians are regarded as fiercely passionate and independent people and their fervor is reflected in every facet of their lives, be it a wedding celebration or a family meal.

Sicily has nine provinces: Agrigento, Caltanissetta, Catania, Enna, Messina, Palermo, Ragusa, Siracusa and Trapani. Around the island of Sicily lie a number of smaller islands: the Aeolian Islands and Ustica to the north, the Egadi to the west, and to the south the Pelagie islands and Pantelleria. The landscape is varied and mostly mountainous, but with wide plains around Catania. Mount Etna, in the eastern part of the island, is Sicily's highest mountain, a secluded area within a national park. Still active, it is the biggest volcano in Europe.

Sicily is the world's first multicultural society and Italy's most broad-based region. Historically, it has been ruled by Asians, Africans as well as the Europeans. Sicily's coasts are lined with orange and lemon orchards, and on the northeastern side lush forests abound. The island is also well known for its vineyards, olive groves and almond orchards. The rustic towns, occasional herds of sheep and copious orchards lend a distinct character to every part of the island. Winding roads lead to quaint stone houses, abandoned monasteries and Baroque churches.

Sicily is a novel location for a marriage ceremony; it is under-populated yet culturally authentic. Many Sicilian towns have far fewer people today than they did in the middle of the nineteenth century, when the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies became part of the Kingdom of Italy. Visitors today are welcomed, treated with a genuine Italian reception and offered the warm hospitality that one might expect from this famed Italian destination.