Taormina (Km 17)
It is the most famous tourist place on the island. On a mountain overlooking the sea, it offers a unique spectacle for its characteristic medieval streets, its landscape, the extraordinary view of nearby Etna. The Greek Theater built in the 3rd century A.C. and then modified by the Romans is still in use. From here the view ranges from Calabria to the Ionian coast, to Mount Etna. We recommend visiting the City Garden, in English style and then Palazzo Corvaia, a splendid noble residence in the center of Taormina, the fifteenth-century Duomo in the homonymous square. And then stroll through Corso Umberto, with its shops, craft shops, restaurants, cafes and alleyways with beautiful flowered balconies, Piazza IX Aprile with its extraordinary viewpoint, and the gothic palace of Santo Stefano. In the sea among hidden beaches, Isola Bella stands out, with the tides, for a few hours a day, becomes a small peninsula. And finally we remember the unmissable typical gastronomy, with its fish dishes and tasty desserts.
Castelmola (Km 25)
Pretty, small town a few miles. Above Taormina, on a small promontory, It offers a beautiful 360 ° panorama.
Savoca (Km 8) and Forza d’Agrò (Km 13)
They are medieval villages, on hills a short distance from the sea, interesting to visit, represent an image of the Sicily of the early '900, with its traditions, cooking, ancient churches and palaces.
Giardini Naxos (km 20)
Founded in 734 A.C. it was the first Greek colony in Sicily. Today a seaside and tourist place. The archaeological museum-park preserves the findings of the ancient Greco-Roman civilization.
Gole dell’Alcantara (Km 30)
In the Botanical and Geological Park of the homonymous valley. The torrent, which is 300,000 years old, gave life to the Gorges, digging into the volcanic rock following an eruption that took place 8,000 years ago.
Etna (Km 60)
Etna Park - The volcano, also called Mongibello is a volcanic complex formed in the Quaternary and is the highest active terrestrial volcano (3,350 m.) of the Euro-Asian plate. It is in constant activity and therefore constantly changing. It can be reached by car (50 Km. Etna Nord) on the two sides up to 2,000 m., From here it is possible to continue by cable car or special off-road vehicles up to the craters.
Messina (km 26)
It was a Greek colony. The Cathedral Basilica presents in the tower an original mechanical clock (the largest in the world) that at noon on Sunday, with its tolling, puts into operation a mobile apparatus whose succession of allegorical figures recalls historical episodes from the period of the Angevin domination: the Leone at the top represents the victorious Sicilian People on Charles of Anjou and the Guelph army sent by the pope against Sicily; Dina and Clarenza represent the women of Messina who helped men to defend the city; the cockerel between the two female statues represents the Franco-Papal army; the church that disappears recalls the Colle della Caperrina, place of the battle of 6 and 8 August 1282, the last attempt by Charles of Anjou to enter the city from the hills to the west.
Catania (64 Km)
Catania rises between the Etna (3.350 m.) and the sea and offers, in its historical center, a splendid example of Baroque architecture in the numerous churches and palaces. It still has evidence of its ancient origins: the Odeon, the Roman Theater, the ancient Roman baths ... The Ursino Castle. The Duomo, Via Umberto, the central Via Etnea and Giardino Bellini, dedicated to the famous Catania musician, offer the opportunity for pleasant walks, with digressions to the nearby Teatro Massimo and Via Crociferi. We also remember the promenade and the nearby villages of Acicastello and Acitrezza that bring to mind the Greek mythology of the Cyclops and the period of Norman domination. At 10 Km. There is Acireale, pearl of the Baroque, with its churches and monuments. The feast in honor of the city's patron saint, Sant'Agata is the third most important in the world and attracts devotees and tourists from all over. Characteristic and colorful is the famous open-air fish market (Pescheria grande) near the Duomo.
Siracusa (km 125)
Syracuse is known for its historical sites that testify to the ancient culture and hegemony that this city had since the period of Greek domination. The central Archaeological Park of Neapolis contains the Roman amphitheater, the Greek Theater and the Ear of Dionysus, a cave carved into the limestone in the shape of a human ear, with extraordinary acoustic properties. Even in this city the baroque is expressed at the highest levels in the beautiful cathedral and in the adjacent square. La Fonte di Aretusa, a few meters from the Church and very close to the sea, recalls distant mythological memories. The large, beautiful natural harbor is the setting for the ancient island of Ortigia, the historic center of the city.
Isole Eolie (km 110)
The 7 islands of the archipelago (Vulcano, Lipari, Salina, Panarea, Stromboli, Alicudi and Filicudi), accessible by ship or hydrofoil from Messina or Milazzo, are a fascinating tourist destination and an unmissable experience. A visit, even one day, leaves an indelible memory in the hearts.
Terme di Alì (Km 4)
The waters (40 ° and above) and the mud were known and appreciated since Roman times. The composition is sulfureous-salso-bromo-iodic. Spa treatments are carried out: mud therapy, bath therapy, inhalation treatments, tympanic tube insufflations, nebulisations and aesthetic treatments of whirlpools with thermal water; Massage in the thermal pool, Kneipp path, fitness trail. Spa treatments generally last two weeks. They are open from May to November and can also be used in agreement with the S.S.N. - Our holiday homes allow you to reach the spa easily and in a very short time.