Sant'Alfio

The town, whose origins date back to the end of the 17th century, keeps the historic center almost unchanged which, marked by narrow streets on which the most important nineteenth-century buildings stand, hinges on Piazza Duomo. From the magnificent Belvedere it is possible to admire the panorama of the Ionian coast from Taormina to the Gulf of Augusta, while the Mother Church, of eighteenth-century origin and dedicated to the SS. Brothers Alfio, Cirino and Filadelfo, patrons of the town, stands on a staircase, with a suggestive facade of basaltic stones and the gigantic scenography of Etna towering behind it. Sinuous streets follow the ascent towards the mountain and between portals and masks in lava stone, between one glimpse and the other of the country, you can see luxuriant expanses of chestnut, hazelnut and cherry woods.

Just in front of the city palace, there is the "Museum of the vine, wine and ancient crafts", located in an elegant building, where in appropriately structured environments, you can observe the agricultural tools for the preparation of wine, the cultivation vineyards and equipment related to ancient crafts.

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Chestnut tree of 100 horses

 

 

plurimillennial chestnut tree, (its age is between 3600 and 4000 years), located in the Etna Park in the Carpineto district. Much studied and visited in recent centuries, its history merges with a legend according to which Queen Giovanna I of Anjou with her hundred knights followed sheltered from a sudden storm right under the imposing crown of the chestnut. Not far away there is an old chestnut tree, certainly younger than the Castagno dei Cento Cavalli and certainly much less famous than it, known in the municipality and neighboring municipalities for the characteristic shape of a ship, and therefore called in Sicilian : "Chestnut the ships".

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Calvary Church

 

 

it is a small structure that dates back to 1878 , the date on which its initial parts were made, in order to have a place of worship for the celebrations of Good Friday ; the construction was followed by the priests Domenico and Peppino Caltabiano. The church stands at the top of a hill of considerable landscape interest. It can be accessed via a small lava stone staircase, which leads directly to the entrance and to the three naves that make up the sacred building. Inside it offers various wooden altars that testify the art produced by the artisans of the past.

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Taormina

 

A walk along Corso Umberto I , the main street of the city, is ideal for a little shopping; here, in fact, there are many craft shops that sell everything: from ceramics to jewelry, from clothing to souvenirs.

Undoubtedly Taormina is also sea and beaches and during the summer, you cannot resist a refreshing swim in the transparent waters of Giardini Naxos or the beaches of Mazzarò, which can be reached by cable car, Mazzeo and Lido Spisone, where the in the evening there is also a disco.
The other beach is that of Isola Bella , a very small island located in the Bay of Taormina, connected to the mainland by a strip of land, visible at low tide. It is a protected natural oasis that offers unparalleled naturalistic views.

 

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Catania

 

 

Visiting Catania is a continuous surprise: you can walk among the great eighteenth-century avenues and relax in one of the places along the beautiful Via Etnea, the beating heart of Catania's social life and ideal place for shopping.
For those who love the sea , the Catania coast, characterized by the alternation of sandy beaches and rocky coasts of a lava nature, does not leave you spoiled for choice.
An itinerary full of suggestions is then the one dedicated to the nearby Etna park, among pine forests, black lava surfaces and smoking craters.
Catania is therefore a city with a thousand faces and the cultural life of the city that revolves around the university is also remarkable, one of the oldest in Italy (1434).

 

 

 

 

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Etna

 

 

The largest active volcano in Europe and one of the highest in the world.

Centuries and centuries of eruptions have modified the surrounding landscape , transforming the typical Mediterranean flora and fauna of Sicily into an evocative almost lunar environment. An environment protected by a vast natural park, the Etna natural park, established in 1987.
The park and the volcano itself can be visited thanks to numerous nature trails, open to all. In addition, the volcano has several mouths scattered at various altitudes, produced by the various eruptions over time, easily accessible by visitors and researchers and in which excursions are made. In addition to the scholars who have known and studied him for years now,

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