Sicily (Eyewitness Travel Guides)
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Banditi a Orgosolo (Bandits at Orgosolo, 1961), and Neapolitan director Francesco Rosi made Salvatore Giuliano (1961), the story of the famous Sicilian bandit, acclaimed as “the greatest film on southern Italy”. That same year Pietro Germi shot another famous film in Sicily: Divorzio all’Italiana, (Divorce – Italian Style), with Marcello Mastroianni and Stefania Sandrelli. Roman director Elio Petri made another important film about the island in the 1960s: A Ciascuno il Suo (To Each His Own,
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d’Ispica mill. V Syracuse–Ispica (0931-464 467). Tell 0932-771 667. # Apr–Oct: 9am–7pm Mon–Sat, varies Sun; Nov–Mar: 9am–1:30pm Mon–Sat. An ancient river carved the Cava d’Ispica out of the rock and the gorge has developed into an open-air monument. The sides of the canyon are perforated with the tombs of a necropolis, places of worship, and cave dwellings where religious hermits went through mystical experiences. It was an Egyptian hermit, Sant’Ilarione, who initiated the monasticism in the
in this area, with the exception of the ancient theatre in Taormina, which was rebuilt in the Roman era. The panoramic position, mild climate and wealth of architectural beauty have made this coast a favourite with visitors. The first of these were people who undertook the Grand Tour in the 1700s and made their first stop at Messina, just as many modern travellers do. In summer, the Ionian coast is crowded because of the beauty of its beaches and sea. But it is also fascinating in the winter,