The fabled land of Persephone and Aphrodite, Sicily has been enchanting visitors with its natural beauty for centuries. Located in the center of the Mediterranean, directly off the tip of the boot of Italy, this island has been host to the Greeks, Romans, Spanish, Arabs, Normans, and finally the Italians. This has left an indelible imprint not only on the architecture of the region, but on its people as well. Palermo, the capital city, is surrounded by rugged terrain and headlands and hosts some outstanding museums. To the north are mountains and forests that offer excellent hiking and exploring. Mount Etna, one of most active volcanoes in Europe, is a great hike for the more adventurous. The beaches are varied and beautiful, with black volcanic sands in the Aeolian Islands, and endless white sand beaches in Cefalu to the south. With such a varied and rich history, culture, and scenery, Sicily is not to be missed.