If you are in to  architecture then Sicily is the perfect place to get your fill. With ancient buildings, some of which date back thousands of years, Sicily's historic buildings amaze even the most experienced travellers. If you head to the small island of Mozia on the west side of the island, near Marsala, you can see ancient ruins from the Phoenicians. These buildings, while decrepit and seemingly destroyed, are actually well intact and present volumes of historical evidence and information to archaeologists. There are tons of ancient Greek temples and Roman theaters as well. If you head to the town of Taormina, you can visit the preserved Roman theater which sits atop a high point in the hill. From this vantage point you get a breath-taking view of Mt. Etna and the coast. This is the spot where 19th Century painter Thomas Paine painted some of his better known works. For some reason, even the older buildings that are falling apart in Sicily seem beautiful. However, unfortunately there are many historical buildings such as the Basilian church of S. Maria in  Mili S. Pietro, a monastery church dating from the 11th Century in which Jordanus, natural son of Count Roger First was buried in 1092, which have been left to fall into dereliction.  This church is the oldest 'preserved' place of worship to be found in the southern-most provinces of the Italian mainland but  it has been abandoned and is inhabited by cows and sheep!  Many such sites seem to be in danger of falling down.  Such buildings can indeed be perceived as charming and timeless and indeed they would be but for the neglect. It is something that you truly need to experience to fully appreciate the extent of dereliction in historical buildings in both Sicily and indeed the whole of Italy.

During your  tour of Sicily don't miss a visit to the Baroque churches and buildings of Catania, designed primarily by Giovanni Battista Baccarini and built in the 1700s after the eruption of 1669.