Expert Guided Field Trip in Sicily
Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and has experienced a very diversified cultural history, which is reflected in multiple appearances along the way – especially in the cities. Normans, Carthaginians, Greeks, Arabs and Spaniards left their marks on the eclectic landscape with their palaces, castles, temples and other buildings.
Already during the reign of the Arabs, vibrant Palermo became Sicily’s capital and later, in the 13th century, also the residence of Friedrich II. Today, Palermo is the fifth largest city in Italy and the political and cultural center of the autonomous region of Sicily, and a place we will certainly explore during this field trip.
At 3,345 meters, Etna is the highest mountain in Sicily and at the same time the largest and most active volcano in Europe. Sometimes thick snow can still cover this smoking mountain in April – a very special experience.
Sicily is an important resting place for migratory birds on their way south, but also wintering ground for numerous other bird species. In addition to some species of lizards, three species of turtles and several species of snakes can be found in Sicily. Despite extensive deforestation over the centuries, Sicily is the most vegetated island in the Mediterranean. Around 3,000 different types of plants can be found here, including many orchids, but also subtropical and tropical species.