“To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is not to have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything.” (J.W Goethe)
Continuing our journey towards the north we can admire in additional to traditional lemon trees, palms that accompany us all way long from Catania to Aci Castello, the name of which is linked the presence of the Norman castle.
Arriving to Aci Castello the castle is the first thing that we see.
It is situated on a spur rock, which is accessed via a stone bridge.
The large tower follows a rectangular plan, around which is fortified complex.
A focus is the exhibition halls of the museum, which contains archaeological remains dating back to prehistoric times and middle Ages.
From the terrace we have access to the landscape of Aci Castello and the Ionian Sea.
Here we have the impression that time hasn’t passed by.
Sicily is the land of oranges and of flower-strewn ground with its fragrant air of springtime; but what makes it a land that must be seen and unique throughout the world is the fact that from one end to another it can be defined as a strange and divine museum of architecture.” (Guy de Maupassant)
Acitrezza is a small but charming fishing village with dramatic see view.
It is known for providing the setting for Giovanni Verga’s celebrated novel I Malavoglia and for the film La terra trema of Luchino Visconti and Antonio Pietrangeli.
The small fishing village is also an interesting tourist destination. Along the riviera you can stay in the different hotels and have access to the beautiful bathing establishments placed right near the sea.
For the lovers of old traditions and for those who like fresh fish, the fish market is open from 2.00 am to 6.00 am and gives a show rich in folklore which brings the visitor through the pages of Verga’s novel.
All the in nature is great,
all that is pleasant,
all that is terrible,
can be compared to Etna,
and Etna cannot be compared to anything.
(D. Vivand Denon, Voyage en Sicile)
The power and romance of mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe, Unesco world heritage site, is undoubtedly the dominating feature of the eastern part of Sicily.
Imposing, majestic, its silhouette towering over the limpid Ionian sea that laps the lava rock on the coast.
The charm of the volcano is indescribable attracting the attention for centuries of travellers, artists, poets and philosophers.
“If somebody might pass one day only in Sicily and asked: What should I visit? I would answer without hesitate: Taormina.” (Guy de Maupassant)
In Taormina fairy tales and reality come together in a unique stunning landscape.
Taormina is not a place, it’s a myth: no time, nor space.
Taormina is poetry, art, history, culture.
Taormina is a muse inspiring ancient poets and writers.
Taormina is a brilliant open window on the beauties of the island of Sicily.
Taormina is romance, the place to be to live unforgettable moments.