Sicily

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The architecture of Sicily reflects the island's centuries of successive dominion by the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Spaniards, and, most recently, Italians. The breezes are sultry, and everyday life is without pretence, as witnessed in the workaday stalls of the fish markets in ports all along the Tyrrhenian and Ionian coasts, bursting with tuna, swordfish, and sardines. Greek ruins stand sentinel in Agrigento's Valley of the Temples, blanketed in almond, oleander, and juniper blossoms. All over the island the ins and outs of life are celebrated each day as they have been for centuries—over a morning coffee, at the family lunch table, and in the evening passeggiata (stroll).