Martin Garnham Photography

Photography Project Sicily


About Sicily

Sicily is the largest of all Mediterranean islands and is a land of extremes and contracts, a magnification of all things Italian.

The long hot summers and the wet winters make agriculture the backbone of Sicilian economy and life. It is also an island of enormous intensity, a distillation of architecture where volcanoes shape the horizon, mountain ranges jostle for supremacy, and where the sea has sculpted a coastline of stunning variety and beauty.

A long history of invasion and conquest has resulted in a lavish mixed heritage: Greek, Arab, Roman, and Norman. This wide range of influences can be detected in the island's architecture, landscape and culture, and has blended together to make Sicily a thoroughly unique destination.

Sicily’s mountainous hinterland mellows into the large fertile plain, which is carpeted with vineyards and olive groves.

The island is dotted with fascinating towns, some of the best-preserved Greek temples to be found anywhere in the Mediterranean, glorious sandy beaches, nature reserves and some breathtaking scenery.

Inland, the scenery is dominated by vast expanses of vineyards and olive groves. Indeed, some of Italy's best wines and oils are produced in this island.

Sicily is black and white and a million shades of gray. There's no other place on earth like it. Visiting Sicily is like visiting over a dozen countries in one! The island is a unique place full of art, archaeology, history, folklore and stunning scenery.

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