We don't usually associate forests with the Mediterranean. Northern and Eastern Europe is normally where we expect to see great old forests. But the Mediterranean has its share, though perhaps more in the past. Dense forests once circled the Mediterranean – including Sicily. This natural abundance perhaps was one of the reasons why Sicily was colonized by the ancient Greeks. They used the forests in Sicily for firewood, shipbuilding, and many other things. But in the 19th century, the reforestation of Sicily was begun – with the result that people enjoying their holidays in Sicily today can enjoy their natural splendor. As the Trip Tipp photos below show, the Bosco della Ficuzza is a wonderful example of the reforestation's success.