In the Eastern Sicily the wonderful and impressive appeal of nature, with Mount Etna and its natural park, joins together with all the things offered by wonderful towns like Catania, Acireale, Aci Trezza. Choose to stay a few days in eastern Sicily and rent a villa immediately.
- Nature and wonders – Mount Etna
- Baroque elegance from Catania to Acireale
- Worldwide-famous traditions from Saint Agatha to Caltagirone pottery
- The Ionian coast
- Pistachios, wines and other delicacies
Mount Etna (enlisted among the UNESCO World Heritage sites in 2013) and its wonderful Natural Park are the protagonists of this lovely area of Sicily. Enclosed between two seas – the Tyrrhenian in the north and the Ionian in the east -, the volcano is the fascinating background of every scenery: you can see it towering right behind the “black city” of Catania, with its refined, UNESCO-protected historical centre, as well as from the tiny picturesque towns of the Etna Park. Fans of nature will find plenty of stunning places here: the Park is rich in verdant landscapes, hills and mountains with little rivers passing through and originating enchanting settings – such as the Alcantara river, whose “gorges” (Gole dell’Alcantara) are one of the most famous naturalistic sites of the island.
The seashore is mostly sandy and rich in beautiful beaches and bays, from the “playa” of Catania to the marvellous “Faraglioni” of Aci Trezza; the Ionian Sea can also be seen from the top of Mount Etna – we definitely recommend an excursion to the top of the volcano in winter, when craters are covered in snow and you can stare at the sky reflecting into the sea… One of the most charming panoramas in Sicily indeed.
Prosperous and particularly fertile is the soil of Mount Etna: the area is well-known for the deliciousness and peculiar taste of its typical products. And plenty of interesting cultural customs can be discovered in the area: from the Festival of Saint Agatha in Catania, the third most important religious celebration in the world, to the world-famous pottery produced in Caltagirone. And the atmosphere, as always in Sicily, is that of a human-size land, where there are no strangers – just guests.