Itinerary derives from the latin itinerarium: trip, travelling, journey description. In this section we would like to show you the popular and the less known spots of marvellous Sicily, the island which ever since is known as the crossroad of travellers, the island situated in the heart of the Mediterranean sea, which melts three continents and their cultures, languages and traditions.
Each itinerary is composed of a short descriptive text and images that show the most interesting places and attractions.
After having discovered Taormina with an itinerary dedicated to its natural, historical and cultural beauties (that guests can also discover by themselves !), all other locations are presented through daily trips which most of the time actually are organized excursions in cooperation with icastelli.it and with official tourist guides who are specialized in history, nature and Sicilian culture (Legendary Sicily).
There are plenty of tourist attractions on the Eastern coast of Sicily. Taormina offers its guests plenty of opportunities, starting form cultural, historical, natural to gastronomic and archaeological offers.
From the Luxury Residence Taormina our guests can reach the motorway to Messina or Catania in just a few minutes, as well as the National road (SS113), that in less than one hour leads to the most famous tourist places and also to the less known ones.
In the more Southern part of the island our itineraries will lead you to the coast Riviera del Ciclopi (Acireale with its famous baroque style, Acitrezza with its beautiful Faraglioni, Acicastello with its castle Castello di Aci, entirely built in lava stone), Catania, Etna’s “black city”, Siracusa, UNESCO world heritage site with Ortigia and the greek-roman archaeological site. A particular excursion is dedicated to Noto, which after the reconstruction of the city’s cathedral has become again the capital of the Sicilian baroque.
In the heart of the North-Eastern part of Sicily our guests can discover the Nebrodi mountains, with its parks and lakes, the typical towns of Montalbano Elicona and Novara di Sicilia (both are part of the most beautiful Italian villages), the “City of the Giants”, a magical archaeological – astronomical mountain site, also known as Sicily’s Stonehenge, and several megalitical sites where you can find the mysterious cubburi.
The Taormina coast is situated just a few minutes from the Luxury Residence Taormina. Therefore, starting from the Isola Bella, you can discover the famous Mazzarò Bay, the Baia delle Sirene, the Spisone Bay until the coastline of Letojanni, a long pebbles beach which leads then to Capo Sant'Alessio, where you can see the magnificent Norman castle, situated on a cliff directly over the sea.
Another very interesting itinerary will lead you to the scenery where the famous film The Godfather was shot in 1971: Savoca. This little town is among the most beautiful Italian villages and is situated on a very suggestive landscape near the Sant'Alessio coast. Here you can also find the famous Bar Vitelli, location for some scenes of the film. On the opposite coast, just few kilometres from Giardini Naxos, in Fiumefreddo di Sicilia , you can visit the Castello degli Schiavi, another location of the The Godfather.
We also suggest an interesting excursion to the Valle dell'Alcantara, a valley between fire and water which from Giardini Naxos leads to unique landscapes. The Eastern access to the Alcantara Valley is dominated by another giant, the Castello di Calatabiano, which has recently been accurately restored (2009) by the architect Daniele Raneri.
For tourists who visit Taormina and Sicily, an Etna trip cannot be missing. The “Good Vulcano” is Europe’s most active, with moonlike scenarios and tourists have the opportunity to reach high crater levels by cable car or by jeep.
We will also make you discover another hidden aspect of Sicily, with less known villages which nevertheless have very much to offer from a naturalistic, historical and cultural point of view.: Aidone, Morgantina, Mineo, the Ogliastro lake, the Castello di Gresti, the Gole della Santissima, the Nisi Valley, the Gole Ranciara, Randazzo, the Natural Reserve Vendicari, Eloro and many other beautiful places.
Among all our cultural itineraries you can choose the ones you prefer and ask us about further information or booking requests.
We wish you a very pleasant journey through Sicily, the most beautiful and touching island of the Mediterranean Sea.
As indicated, many of the suggestive itineraries are realized in cooperation with EDDY TRONCHET from Legendary Sicily, top agency in the field of tourist excursions in Sicily.