Natural and cultural places to visit in Sicily


It is the highest volcano in Europe -11000 feet above sea level - It is still active and is only 600000-year old !! Going up from the coast the view changes, from basal formations modelled by the sea waves, to the mountain, with vineyards, fruit trees, until the woods of walnuts, pines, chestnuts, oaks and birches. Above 2300 feet a.s.l. the lava rocks replace trees and vegetation and are covered with snow in the winter.

Parco delle Madonie

Flora is the protagonist of the Park territory. This botanical paradise and its peaks that reach 1,979 meters above sea level, is home to over half of the 2,600 species present in Sicily and about 150 of the 200 endemics. The fauna is characterized by 65% ??of nesting birds and by all mammals present in Sicily.

Oasi di Vendicari

Oriented natural reserve, 12 km of preserved south-east coast.

Cava grande del Cassibile

An unexpected Sicily, the garden of the Gods: the small lakes of Cava Grande.

Riviera dei Ciclopi

In the sea, in front of the fishermen village of Acitrezza you can admire the Faraglioni, stunning basalt formations, that according to legend were thrown by the Cyclops Polifemo on Ulysses' ships escaping from the island.

Fiume Alcantara

Many torrents spring from Nebrodi Mountains in the north of Etna but the big volcano conveys all them in two rivers, Simeto and Alcantara, flowing into the Tirreno and Ionio seas. Formed by the volcanic activity of the famous Mount Etna, the stunning basalt formation known as the Alcantara Gorge lies on the Alcantara River about twenty minutes drive south west of Taormina. During the summer, when actually the river is more similar to a torrent, visitors are permitted to bathe in the cool, refreshing water that flows through the amazing rock formations taking in this remarkable spot of natural beauty.

Museo Mandralisca

Founded in 1866, the museum preserves paintings from the 16th and 17th centuries, coins, ceramics, minerals, Byzantine tablets. Of particular note is a crater from the 4th century. B.C. with "the seller of tuna", some beautiful Arab vases, a sedan chair from the 1700s and an admirable painting by Antonello da Messina, the "Portrait of the Unknown" (1470).

Museo Minà

The Museum collects the historical-naturalistic collections of the enlightened scholar of Castelbuono of the nineteenth century (1814-1899). Minerals, fossils, a splendid herbarium, animal specimens, 500 tables depicting birds and plants, a library of rare texts constitute a heritage of extraordinary scientific, educational and popular interest for the knowledge of the territory of the Madonie park.

La via dei Tonni - Marzamemi

Marzamemi is an ancient fishing village built around the eighteenth-century tonnara of the Princes of Villadorata. Walking around the village you can breathe an atmosphere of other times and you are fascinated by the color of the boats and the strong smell of the sea. You can also assist in the preparation of numerous fish products. Marzamemi was the film set of the films "Sud" by G. Salvatores and "Man of the Stars" by G. Tornatore. Portopalo "a beautiful town stretching out towards Africa on the extreme tip of Sicily (80 km south of Tunis), this is one of the three leaders who gave our land the name of Trinacria. The whole environment is a Natural Reserve for presence of the dwarf palm and of the sea turtle that, in these beaches, lays its eggs. From the top of the Spanish fortress of the island of Capo Passero you have a complete view of the old trap of the Hellenistic-Roman age and of the Tafuri castle ". The strip of beach that extends towards the islet allows you to reach it by swimming or by pedal boat admiring the wonderful fandale. You can also take a walk to the panoramic lighthouse, to the island of Correnti or along the coast to see the marshes rich in migratory birds.