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The largest island on the Mediterranean, Sicily is home to a unique history and culture. Its history dates back to 8000 B.C., when Italy's earliest known tribes inhabited the island at around the same time the island's native dwarf hippos and dwarf elephants became extinct. Sicily then became a Greek colony around 750 B.C., although it was later conquered by the Romans, the Vandals, the Byzantines, the Arabs and the Normans. Though the Kingdom of Sicily was established in the 12th century, it was also subject to Spanish, Aragon, Holy Roman Empire, and Bourbon rule. With such a diverse array of influences, then, it is no surprise that Sicily has developed a culture all to its own, while its architecture and artwork reflect this mosaic of influence. Its rich history is also the reason why Sicily is home to no less than five UNESCO World Heritage Sites, each of which continues to stun travelers to this day. Sicily is also known for its artwork, as it has traditionally been home to a number of great artists, and is also the home of the Teatro Massimo, Italy's largest opera house. With so much to experience, then, it's no wonder that there are also a high number of Sicily vacation rentals on the island as well.
Most of Sicily is linked through a sophisticated rail system operated by Trenitalia, while the island itself is served by seven airports, and several seaports. This means that having access to an automobile is not required to reach Sicily vacation rentals, although driving through the Sicilian countryside does offer travelers a unique opportunity to experience a lush countryside that has been the inspiration for countless works of art.
While the major cities like Palermo have their fair share of hotels, Sicily vacation rentals can be found in nearly every area, giving travelers a chance to experience the authentic Sicilian culture that the island's natives are so proud of. Since many travel to Sicily for this specific reason, rentals have long been a mainstay of the region's tourism industry, meaning owners have a great deal of experience in treating guests and ensuring that they get a chance to enjoy all that Sicily has to offer.