With its beautiful landscapes and monuments, Taormina, in the province of Messina, is one of the most famous destinations in whole Sicily. You only need to think that it was one of the most important stopovers on the Grand Tour, the educational journey so popular in Europe during the 17th century, that the wealthiest people used to take.
Located in the eastern coast of Sicily, on a hill about 200 m above sea level, Taormina expands over a terrace of Mount Tauro, overlooking the sea, thus offering spectacular scenery and views.
Also known as the pearl of the Ionian Sea, this city can really make any tourist dream: let’s go through its history and main attractions!
The Aeolian Islands are a popular tourist destination, thanks to their incredible environmental and landscape heritage. They constitute an archipelago located north of the Sicilian coast, in the Tyrrhenian Sea, and whose administration falls under the metropolitan city of Messina.
There are seven main islands, all of volcanic origin.
Stromboli, on the homonymous island, is classified as an active volcano. Furthermore, the archipelago is often the scene of secondary volcanism phenomena.
Along with the main islands, namely Lipari, Salina, Panarea, Alicudi, Filicudi, Stromboli and Vulcano, numerous smaller rocks and islets are also part of the archipelago.
These islands can be defined as a real paradise on earth, the right place for those who love the sea, hiking, snorkelling and virgin nature, along with nightlife and attractions to visit!
Are you curious to find out more about this wonderful archipelago? Here is some useful information if you plan to visit the Aeolian Islands!
Every year on the 13th and 20th of December in Syracuse, on the south-eastern coast of Sicily, a splendid feast is held to celebrate Saint Lucia, the Syracuse-born patron saint of the city.
Saint Lucia’s cult is deeply felt; therefore, Syracuse dresses up and gets ready to welcome a large number of believers, even from very far away.
Other than in December, the Martyr is also celebrated in May, precisely on the first two Sundays of the month, with what is commonly known as the Feast of Saint Lucia delle Quaglie (meaning Saint Lucia of Quails).
Would you like to know more details about this cult? Here is some information on the history of Saint Lucia and her feast.
The magnificent Ragusa stands among the Hyblaean Mountains, in the south east of Sicily.
Third Sicilian municipality by extension, this city is also the southernmost provincial capital of Italy.
Highest expression of Sicilian Baroque in the heart of the famous Val di Noto, Ragusa is also known as the “city of bridges“, due to the presence of three famous bridges: the Ponte dei Cappuccini or Ponte Vecchio(Old Bridge), the Ponte Nuovo (New Bridge) and the Ponte Giovanni XXIII or Ponte San Vito.