Sicily’s most famous resort-town. It combines the drama of the former Greek Colony with beautiful seascape vistas, as well as liberal amounts of Bourganvillea. It is the home of an impressive roman open-air theatre (Teatro Greco) with great views up and down the coast. And if the beautiful buildings and breath-taking views aren’t enough, there’s a network of winding streets strewn with shops, bars and restaurants. Close to Taormina, on the beach-front you can find the best bars and clubs in the area called Giardini Naxos.
An attractive historic town and seaside resort. Cefalù is a nice relaxing place to unwind. It has no Carson the historic centre and some of Sicily’s best Byzantine mosaics as well as a sweeping sandy beach stretching alongside the town. In the medieval district, the town’s main tourist attraction is the Duomo, a handsome and imposing two-towered Norman cathedral.
Located off the northern coast of Sicily and consisting of seven UNESCO protected islands. A little piece of paradise, these islands are astonishingly beautiful and extremely varied. Seas as clear as the Bahamas, exceptional restaurants and landscapes worthy to be film sets with smouldering craters, rocky coastlines, thermal mud-baths and pretty harbours, there is something for everyone here.
How to get there? By ferry from Milazzo with ‘Ustica Lines’. It takes between 45 minutes and 2.5 hours (on the fast boat) depending on which island you choose to visit.
This is the largest active volcano in Europe. Mount Etna has the longest period of documented eruptions in the world. Etna is noted for its wide variety of eruption styles. Nobody knows when the next eruption will be but even when there is no action, it is still a great sight to see and there is a fantastic view from the top. Remember! It is quite a bit colder at the top compared to the rest of Sicily, so take warm clothes. There is parking near the top (for a charge) where you can stop and take in the wonderful views, grab a tea or coffee and something to eat at the café and buy some unique gifts and souvenirs such as bracelets made of volcanic rock. There is also a cable car from there to the very top for an additional charge.
Between Capo D’Orlando and Milazzo, driving along the Palermo-Messina highway you will undoubtably notice what seems to be a large church perched on a rock high above the sea. This is the sanctuary of the Black Madonna of Tindari, a place of pilgrimage but also the site of an Ancient Greek town. There are ruins still existing here where the town once was. This is a great site for history lovers, but also for those who are a interested in stunning architecture, as the church itself is really quite beautiful inside and out.
This town is normally just seen as the gateway to the Aeolian Islands and isn’t the prettiest of towns in Sicily, but it has a hidden gem – Borgo Antico (old town). There are many fine buildings, the particularly splendid Norman Castle, the cavernous rock church of Sant’Antonio di Padua and the beaches of Riviera di Ponente. Great views and sunsets are guaranteed, as well as several good walking tracks.
Last but not at all least on the list of local towns! This quaint little village where you are staying is only small (with less than 1000 inhabitants) but is home to over 80 churches and is architecturally interesting, with some houses dating back to the 13th century.