Discovering Vendicari Reserve, the oasis of Sicily

Between Noto and Pachino, in the province of Syracuse, you can visit a real paradise on earth.

Of curse we’re talking about the Oriented Natural Reserve Faunal Oasis of Vendicari, a territory that extends for more than 1500 acres and that hosts an entire ecosystem. The Faunal Oasis was established in 1984 by the Sicilian Regional Government.

Breathtaking landscapes, dunes, salt pans, golden beaches, crystal clear sea, thick vegetation and a variegated fauna make the Reserve a truly unique and unforgettable place.

Here are a few more details to best organize your trip to this heavenly place!

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Discovering Taormina, the pearl of the Ionian Sea

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!

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Aeolian Islands, the archipelago of the seven volcanic sisters

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!

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History of Syracuse’s traditional feast of Saint Lucia

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.

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Discovering Ragusa, the pearl of Sicilian Baroque

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.

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Favignana, Levanzo and Marettimo: the wonderful Aegadian Archipelago

The Aegadian Islands are a wonderful archipelago, nestled in the blue waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea and located about ten kilometres off the west coast of Sicily, not far from Trapani.

Favignana, Levanzo and Marettimo are the three main islands, to which other islets are added.

This archipelago is by no doubt an ideal destination for sea, snorkelling, sailing and hiking lovers. Their virgin nature and great variety of flora and fauna make these islands a real earthly paradise.

Would you like to get to know this enchanting place better? Here is some information you may find useful!

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The natural beauty of the Alcantara Valley

Do you enjoy trails, long walks and adventurous sports while totally immersed in pure and virgin nature?

Then the spectacular, extraordinary and mammoth Alcantara Gorges, also known as the Larderia Gorges, are definitely for you! This scenery of breath-taking beauty, which also includes waterfalls, beaches and lakes, is located in the province of Messina, in the Alcantara Valley, between the towns of Castiglione di Sicilia and Motta Camastra.

In 2010, these gorges were awarded the prestigious European Destination of Excellence award.

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