quick italian pronounciation question

I am going to Sicily in three weeks. Tring to pick up a bit of italian from a phrase book. I presume the italians pronounce their island “seecheelia” rather than we would in our anglicised way “sisilia” based on “ci” sounding as “chi”. Just dont want to make a fool of myself any more than usual.

You are correct. see-CHEE-lyaah. Any other questions?

Ooh, I should start a thread called “Ask the Italian Gal.”

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grazie, johanna