Sicily

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Sicily
Sicilia
Region of Italy
Flag of Sicily
Flag
Coat of arms of Sicily
Coat of arms
Italy Regions Sicily Map.png
Country Italy
Capital Palermo
Government
 • President Nello Musumeci
Area
 • Total 25,708 km2 (9,926 sq mi)
Population
 • Total 5,029,683
 • Density 200/km2 (510/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
GDP/ Nominal €83 billion (2006)
NUTS Region ITG
Website www.regione.sicilia.it

Sicily[p] is the largest island in the Mediterranean. Along with some smaller islands it is an autonomous region of Italy. The capital city of Sicily is Palermo. The population was about 5,087,000 (over 5 million) in 2004. Sicily is the biggest region in the nation of Italy.

Phoenician and Greek people colonized the island in the 8th Century BC and sometimes fought wars there. Carthage controlled most of the island until ancient Rome conquered it. In later centuries Saracens fought against the Byzantine Greeks, and Normans ruled it for a few centuries. Garibaldi in the Risorgimento conquered it and brought it into the Kingdom of Italy.

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[p] - The word "Sicily" is pronounced as "Siss-uh-lee".

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