To the east, it is separated from the Italian mainland by the Strait of Messina, about 3 km (1.9 mi) wide in the north, and about 16 km (9.9 mi) wide in the southern part.
The northern and southern coasts are each about 280 km (170 mi) long measured as a straight line, while the eastern coast measures around 180 km (110 mi); total coast length is estimated at 1,484 km (922 mi).
From an article published in the Concordia Sentinel on November 30, 1994: Transcription: Pre-Civil War quilt found in Sicily Island A very old quilt, pre-dating the Civil War, was found recently by Mrs. The two brothers arrived in 1776, secured a Spanish land grant and built their first home, a crude log structure near the heart of a lake.
David (Theresa) Stafford IV, of Sicily Island, between the springs of a bed which had been passed down through the Stafford Family. That lake is still occasionally referred to as Lake Lovelace. She was born on December 31, 1839 and died on October 7, 1871.
13 Members Of Senior Class Receive Diplomas At Commencement Exercises SICILY ISLAND, May 30 -- (Special) Thirteen graduates of Sicily Island High School received their diplomas at the graduation exercise held Thursday night in the school gymnasium. Harold Teer of the Methodist church in the school gymnasium. Honor students were Miss Ouida Seal, daughter of Mr.
Chapman with the anthem sung by the fifth and sixth grades. Other candidates for graduation were Misses Erin Wright, Eva Broome, Jima Lea Stubbs, Bernie Hinton and Charles Bourke.
Its most prominent landmark is Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe, and one of the most active in the world, currently 3,329 m (10,922 ft) high. The earliest archaeological evidence of human activity on the island dates from as early as 12,000 BC.
The Norman conquest of southern Italy led to the creation of the Kingdom of Sicily, which was subsequently ruled by the Hohenstaufen, the Capetian House of Anjou, Spain, and the House of Habsburg.
It was finally unified under the House of Bourbon with the Kingdom of Naples as the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.
It is also home to important archaeological and ancient sites, such as the Necropolis of Pantalica, the Valley of the Temples, Erice and Selinunte.
Sicily has a roughly triangular shape, earning it the name Trinacria.