By Insight Guides

Attractive and seductive, the Italian island of Sicily deals every little thing from Greek and Roman temples to mouthwatering road meals and a dramatic surroundings crowned through effective Mount Etna. discover Sicily is a part of a brand-new sequence and is the fitting pocket better half on your journey: a full-colour advisor containing 14 easy-to-follow routes, taking in all the vintage attractions, corresponding to Val di Noto's chic Baroque structure and the frenetic capital Palermo, along Agrigento's tremendous Greek temples and, additional afield, the stunningly appealing Aeolian Islands, well known for volcano-climbing. Insight's trademark cultural insurance completely units the routes in context, with introductions to Sicily's food and purchasing percentages, in addition to an summary of the island's complicated historical past and the low-down on its array of out of doors actions. Hand-picked areas to devour and drink are highlighted in every one travel and within the listing part, which incorporates a wealth of beneficial sensible info together with a language advisor, in addition to a number of rigorously chosen inns to fit all budgets. All routes are plotted at the helpful pull-out map, and the lovely images captures the dramatic Sicilian panorama.

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Henna – a dye obtained from ground privet leaves. The painted patterns are believed to protect and purify. Tunisian women are supposed to cover their heads. The traditional veil (hijab) is found in various forms all over the Muslim world. The sifsari (above) is mainly worn in Tunis. Wedding jewellery The souk or market has been the centre of town social life for hundreds of years. They are run according to strict principles, with every product having its own permanently allocated space according to how close it is to the mosque: religious items and books are top of the list while household goods have a low status.

Separated from the outside world by high walls, a mosque’s most distinctive feature is its minaret. The Kaaba in Mecca is the main destination of Muslim pilgrimages 30 I N T R O D U C I N G T U N I S I A Tunisian Traditions Tunisian society attaches great importance to its own traditions. These include religious festivals, rituals associated with religious practices and customs that predate Muslim times including the “night of henna”, which takes place before weddings. Circumcision for boys is a requirement.

Many of Roman excavations. the concerts and Plastic Arts Festival festivals are staged (22 Jul–6 Aug), throughout the Falcon Mahrès (Sfax). country at this from El-Haouaria Gallery exhibitime of year. tions of mainly JUNE young Tunisian artists. Mermaid Festival, Kerkennah Falconry Festival (2nd half of Islands. Lively concerts and Jun), El-Haouaria. Flying performances by traditional displays are accompanied Tunisian and Arab artists. by a traditional falcon hunt for partridges. Jazz Festival (late Jun), Tabarka.

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