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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - Italian journey

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

der berühmte deutsche Dichter- und Denkerfürst ( the German equivalent of Leonardo da Vinci )

and its relationship with Sicily.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe on April 13, 1787 in Palermo: “Italy without Sicily makes no picture at all in the soul: here is first the key to everything.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe to Duke Karl August in May 1787: “That I have seen Sicily is an indestructible treasure for my whole life.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe loved Italy and was very fond of the Italian “LA DOLCE VITA”.

The Autonomous Region of Sicily includes the island of Sicily and some offshore small islands and archipelagos. The main island has an area of 25,703 km² and a population of 4,968,410 (as of December 31, 2019). The island is also distinguished by 1152 kilometers of coastline. The beaches, some of which are not inferior to the picturesque beaches in the Caribbean, invite you to swim. The capital and seat of government of the Autonomous Region is Palermo. With 657,960 inhabitants (as of December 31, 2019), Palermo is the fifth largest city in Italy. Sicily has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild, humid winters. In the interior, the climate is milder than on the coasts. The island is located on the “tip of the boot” of Italy and is the remnant of a land bridge that long ago connected Europe and Africa. The most prominent geographical feature of the island is the volcano Etna, which repeatedly erupts.

Sicily consists of 9 free municipal consortia or metropolitan cities, which we would like to introduce to you here.

  • Agrigento
  • Caltanissetta – short info with map you can get here: CALTANISSETTA
  • Catania – short info with map you can get here: CATANIA
  • Enna – short info with map you can get here: ENNA
  • Messina – short info with map you can get here: MESSINA
  • Palermo – short info with map you can get here: PALERMO
  • Ragusa – short info with map you can get here: RAGUSA
  • Syracuse – short info with map you can get here: SYRAKUS
  • Trapani – short info with map you can get here: TRAPANI

Sicily has always been visited or inhabited by a wide variety of peoples who have left their mark on the island, especially culturally, culinarily and architecturally. In particular, the island was influenced by the Greeks, the Carthaginians, the Romans, the Arabs, the Byzantines, the Saracens and the Normans.