( 6 km): These two typical villages were the location for the scenes of Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather. Small churches, square and market with local products create an evocative atmosphere; both characterized by the ruins of ancient fortress up high.
( 14 km): First ancient greek settlement in Sicily, built during the VIII century b.C. , perfect excursion for a walk along the sea-front full of bars and clubs and for the archeological park.
( 10/12 km ): The well-known amazing town of Taormina is reachable in 15 minutes by car. It is worth a visit for its greek, roman and arabic heritage. In just a few minutes, the cableway takes you to the Mazzarò Bay, with its beaches and marine grottos to be explored. Two kilometers higher, the little medieval town of Castelmola will offer you an amazing view from Volcano Etna down to the gulf of Catania.
(25 km): Don’t miss the amazing gorges of Alcantara river, a restoring walk along the cold river path surrounded by sculpted stones made of Etna lava will amaze you.
(50 km): The Etna is one of the largest volcanoes in the world. You can climb to the top or enjoy the numerous itineraries that encircle the whole walkable area, and the fascinating paths that from the sea of Taormina go uphill. It feels like being on the moon.
( 60 km): Catania has always been a cultural and artistic melting-pot town. Between the Ionian seaside and volcano Etna, just like a gem, Catania will surprise you with all its faces, colours and tastes, submerging you in intense flavours, Baroque stuccoes of UNESCO heritage and a myriad of unforgettable surroundings.
RIVIERA OF THE CYCLOPS
The Riviera of the Cyclops , which includes the towns of sailors Aci Trezza , Aci Castello and Aci Reale , is located north of the city and embodies the mythical atmosphere of Polyphemus and Ulysses and the traditional stories of Verga.
The Aeolian Islands, set in the Northern coast of Sicily, are an archipelago of seven islands known as “seven sisters”: Lipari, Volcano, Panarea, Salina, Alicudi, Filicudi, Stromboli. The sea, the beaches, the uncontaminated nature reserves and the culinary excellence are for tourists a dream scenery. The Aeolian Islands are listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites thanks to their volcanic origin.
The city of Messina is considered the “Gate of Sicily”. It was founded by Greeks under the name of “Zancle” which means “Sickle” because of the shape of his port. Today, in fact, the city spreads along the coast and it is almost completely modern, especially because of the violent earthquakes, that struck the city more times, and because of the bombardments suffered during the Second World War. Among the beauties of Messina, there is the famous Cathedral that is placed in the historical centre of the city. Its bell tower, contains the biggest mechanical and astronomical clock in the world. The Regional Museum offers the possibility to admire two of the latest works of Caravaggio.
The village of Tindari, on the Northeast coast of Sicily offers places of great interest. Its Church, houses the Black Madonna and is an important pilgrim destination. The Church was built in the 1960s on a hilltop, overlooking the Tyrrhenian coast. Tindari is well known also for its theatre and ruins which remember the Greek-Roman settlement. This village was founded around 396 B.C. by Greek settlers. The archaeological site of Tindari is about two minutes walking from the Church.