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Holiday in Sicily (Italy) - places to visit

With more than 25000 square meters, Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean and it is one of the most fascinating places of the area.

This triangle-shaped hilly island is separated from the Italian peninsula by the Strait of Messina. It is also quite close to the African continent. Sicily is surrounded by many islets and archipelagos: the Aeolian Islands, the Egadi Islands, the Pelagie, Pantelleria and Ustica. The climate is typically Mediterranean, with the exception of Mount Etna, a 3300 mts high volcano, with Alpine climate.

Taormina - is a Sicilian small town, located in the municipality of Messina. It is the perfect combination of history, sea and nature and this is why it is considered one of the most renowned tourist resorts in Sicily. The location of Taormina is spectacular: the town is set on a natural terrace, 200 mts above the sea level, with a wonderful view of Mount Etna on the other side.

In Taormina there are numerous traces of the ancient history: the symbol of the town is the Ancient Theatre, while in the Antiquarium are preserved many relics and artifacts. The Odeon Theatre and the so-called Naumachia are the most important remains of the Roman era.

The sea, which once was a great resource for the many fishermen in the area, nowadays is still the largest source of income. Taormina is definitely an ideal beach resort. The most beautiful beaches in the area are Isola Bella, Mazzarò and Giardini Naxos, renowned for the many high quality facilities and for the lively nightlife.

Taormina lies nearby Giardini-Naxos (we had an apartment there), which is considered to be the first Greek settlement on the island. The inhabitants of the ancient city of Naxos were banished by the tyrant of Syracuse and moved to the valley under Mount Tauro, an area alresy inhabited by the Siculi people.

We visited also Alcantara Gorges

Alcantara Gorges (Gole dell'Alcanatara) - Unique in the Italian and European natural landscape, the Alcantara Gorges are one of the must-see attractions of Sicily. Located about 20 km from Taormina, the gorges are real canyons made ​​of black lava walls up to 50 meters high, in the typical shape of a prism that the rocks have taken during the cooling process.

Alcantara Gorges are open all year round thanks to the paths that allow the feasibility of the place even in the event that the river should be in the flood period.

The path to the beach is one of them. The route passes through the Alcantara Gorges from the origins of the site to the famous beach. Along the way there some points of observation have been built, from where you can enjoy a breathtaking view.

The path of Eleanor got its start at the Botanic and Geological Park of the Alcantara Gorges: the beautiful views of the canyon continue for more than 600 meters. It includes the descent to the beach via a lift.

The path of Venus will cross the various beaches, waterfalls, the Mitoggio Gorge and the Arabic bridge. It lasts for about 2 km from the beach of the Gorges, continuing along the river.

The Canyoning is the most characteristic and charming route of the Alcantara Gorges: it plans, in fact, the crossing of the most important Gorges, the steepest stretch and the most spectacular jumps that the river performs inside the canyon.

But the most exciting experience was go active volcano Etna!

I dedicate another article for Etna! Coming soon.

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