Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean and one of the most beautiful lands on the planet. In this region, as perhaps in no other, art, history and culture blend seamlessly with the landscape and give rise to a universe that is worth to discover. In recent years, Sicily has started to exploit its enormous natural, historic and artistic resources, becoming one of the most visited destinations in Italy. From east to west Sicily is a succession of magical scenery perfectly integrated in the architectural landscape that surrounds them. A Mediterranean climate and wild nature, wonderful islands and inlets, active volcanoes, mountains and plains, and the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean …
In terms of walks, Etna, is one of the most interesting places in Italy. There are several paths available. The first, not to be missed for the lover of trekking, is the one that leads to the top of the crater. It 's very easy, as is done by cable car (www.funiviaetna.com) and with the off-road but that does not make it less fascinating.When you walk on the black volcanic sand seems to be on another planet, if it were not for the sea, which appears on the horizon.
During the winter you can ski on Mount Etna (thanks to the ski slope on the south slopes and north) and excursions to the snow-shoe hiking, snow-covered lands from which they emerge through the most incredible lava formations.The walks themselves are made in the summer, with hiking boots, mountain bikes or horses. In any case it is always better to be accompanied by good guides who can lead us in the most important natural places, from the Valle del Bove (spettaccolare a rocky landscape, created by pouring thousands of years of lava flows) Gurrida Lake, to the unique caves lava, created by underground lava flow (Ente Parco Etna www.parcoetna.ct.it)
The green gold of Bronte: Pistachios
Take your luggage in the products chosen as a gift to the man, a bit 'of balm, a little' honey, and the dredging of laudanum, pistachios and almonds (Gen. XLIII, 11). With these gifts, Jacob tries to soften the hearts of the viceroy of Egypt (which is none other than his own son Joseph, not recognized by the brothers). Step 11 gives us two pieces of news, the pistachio was already known to the ancient Jews, even then was considered precious fruit (the choicest products of the country). Second, from the Near East plant was introduced in Italy only in Sicily but it found an ideal habitat for a thriving and unique, here, in fact, realized anus extraordinary union between the plant and the Etna lava terrain that favored the production of a fruit that from the standpoint of taste and aroma, and excellent organoleptic properties. This is the brief history of pistachio, and precious fruit of noble origins, today the protagonist of finest cuisine and, especially, in the highest confectionery manufacturing.
MurgoThe Agriturismo Murgo (Tenuta San Michele) is part of a wine estate. All the Agriturismo is immersed in a vast vineyard with a wonderful panorama on Etna volcano.Relaxing time, elegant and its good position make Murgo Agriturismo our chose in the area of Etna. We advise also the wine and oil of olive tasting. There are available rooms an apartment for any kind of request. The swimming pool is open from June to October. The restaurant is open all year long.Enjoy your stay at Murgo, near the biggest volcano in Europe, the Etna, immersed in a vineyard…
The XVI century baronial farmhouse together with its ancient wine cellar has been carefully restored. A wonderful wood surrounds the whole structure and from the swimming pool you can enjoy a splendid panoramic view of Taormina, while the peak of mount Etna is standing at your shoulders. “La Foresta del Salto del Corvo” is a farmhouse of eight hectares, with a certification for organic farming with a traditional terracing system. The main product is a class of cherries known as “Durone dell’Etna DOP”, but the farm also produces blood oranges, Clementines, plums and other fruits. At the restaurant typical Sicilian dishes are mostly prepared with the organic products from the farm. Ideal destination for the travelers in east Sicily for the visit to Taormina, Etna, Siracusa (Ortigia), Grotte dell'Alcantara and Acitrezza and its lovely historical centre.
Le Cisterne is an ancient farm located in Adrano (Ct), in contrada Scolaro Cisterna, on the road that takes you to the top of the volcano. While you drive along the road, it is a grace for your emotions to smell the blossoming broom. This nice Agriturismo stands among flourishing orchards and a beautiful oak and chestnut wood, just in the heart of the Etna Park. Good starting point for tourists who want to explore the suggestive green paths of volcano Etna: a quiet place surrounded by marvellous nature. At the restaurant you will taste the typical dishes of the Sicilian cuisine, which are served in the pleasant atmosphere of the millstone.
Villa Lionti is an ancient and suggestive building -made out of manufactured lava stone -situated in a sunny and quiet location at the limits of San Pietro Clarenza, a small hilly village (450 metres on the sea level) populated by nearly 5000 inhabitants and placed on the slopes of the Aetna, on its South-Eastern side. In the outskirts of the property there are: the Parco Naturale dell' Etna (Natural Reserve), an extraordinary landscape -in between rough expenses of lava and sweet-scenting citrus fruit orchards -overlooked by the fuming top of the highest active volcano all over Europe; the Riviera dei Ciclopi (Coast of the Cyclopes) -a place full of myths and legends -with its peculiar fishermen's hamlets Aci Trezza and Aci Castello. Catania is 20 km away; Taormina is 40 Km away and Syracuse is 60 Km away. The group of buildings -tracing back to the end of the eighteenth century -still maintains original architectural features brought back to their primitive charm through a lately completed accurate restoration. The exclusive residence is made up of a main building (consisting of the master's house and the house named Alcova) and other outbuildings (consisting of the remaining three lodgings and of the old millstone which has been turned into library and reading-room by now). Particularly suggestive and luring is the baglio (internal courtyard) with its ancient reservoir, the herbs' garden, the mill's court and the patio of the sails while all around the dwellings extends a huge garden with lawn and aromatic and ornamental plants. In a secluded -but easily within reach -zone of the estate lies the large swimming pool rimmed with lava stone. The hospitality to the guests is offered into four elegant and refined apartments which have been furnished with ancient style furniture of good taste and have either independent entrance and their own patio equipped with garden furniture. The discreet presence of the owner is a guarantee for the necessary assistance of the guests during their stay.
Etna Hotel is wonderful accommodation in the area of Etna, located inside a mansion building of the XVII century, immersed into an outstanding park rich of exotic plants, lemon and orange trees...The atmosphere of Hotel Etna will bring you to the ancient way of living” of the nobles Sicilian. Etna Hotel is an oasis of peace, ideal for those travellers looking also for the colours, the atmosphere and the fragrancies of the Mediterranean nature. The ideal start-point to discover the Etna, the biggest volcano in Europe, and the wonderful tourist villages like Taormina, Acitrezza and Acicastello or also Ortigia (Siracusa) ?The rooms are all well furnished and specially designed to make your stay comfortable, The restaurant, with its atmosphere, is the ideal location where guests can appreciate the best recipes of the island. Flavours and tastes in a refined combination... a rich selection of wines... all from the heart of the typical Sicilian tradition.Perfectly located inside of the splendid garden overlooking the Etna, the swimming pool, with its solarium, is equipped with deck chairs and it is available all the day. The annexed covered area with sofa and armchairs is a disposal of clients for relaxing and quiet “al fresco” dinners.
Characteristic cottage situated on the slopes of Mount Etna, on the edge of the village of Ragalna, located 830 meters above sea level on the South-Western side ofthe great volcano, boasts the nickname of "Terrace Etna." The facility is located in a large private property, which includes ahouse, a small apartment and a beautiful swimming pool. Surrounded by a beautiful, lush garden, Casa dei Fiori is anideal location for those who want to find their own pace in this perfect setting. Inside, each room has been carefully designed and furnished incountry style, with high-quality accessories and handicrafts. The wooden beams of the ceilings, terracotta floors, hand-made ceramics andelegant fabrics and curtains give a warm family atmosphere. The house consists of a large and comfortable living area open to thekitchen, a comfortable doubleroom and two bathrooms. From Casa dei Fiori it is easy to discover the interesting surrounding area.Within a few kilometers you will reach the picturesque foothills of Etna villages as Trecastagni, Piedimonte and Zafferana, but alsofamous holiday resorts on the East coast such as Taormina, Catania and Siracusa.
A real B&B near the Etna, Taormina and the wonderful east coast of Sicily! Il Glicine is the house of Linda, energetic and friendly “mamma” that opens her house to the guest.The rooms are all spacious and comfortable, with garden or a terrace/window overlooking the Etna or the nature. The house, indeed is surrounded by rich green meadows where is possible to enjoy the sun and take a breath from the chaotic rhythm of life. Due to its strategic location, the B&B Glicine is definitely a great starting point for all kind of excursions: naturalistic, artistic and cultural that the East Sicily offers. For example Taormina, Aci Castello, Aci trezza and Catania are only at 20/30 minute by bar.A wonderful swimming pool and a lovely garden will make your stay relaxing and charming, for your day of peace, looking at the volcano Etna smoking…