Eastern Sicily Tour

Sicily is a wonderful place to explore and learn about art, as well as admire the beauty of nature and landscapes. It’s a great experience to show children real Sicilian art.

Although there are many theories explaining the Baroque style, they are not as clear-cut as a visit at Noto Cathedral. Geology is made easier by Mount Etna.

Let’s start our journey with the echo from Homer’s Odyssey. We’ll reach Skylla, Charybdis. The strong currents and whirlpools found in these waters are one of the most important biodiversity assets in the Mediterranean.

According to mythology, it is an unforgettable experience to visit the Aeolian islands. It is the home of Aeolus the god of winds. The Lipari Archaeological Museum teaches about the cultures and civilizations which colonized these areas. A nice stop is also in Vulcano or Stromboli where you will find the active volcano.

Let’s head back to the coast to Taormina. We will enjoy a stunning view of the Ionian Sea as well as the volcano Etna from this beautiful spot. The Greek Theatre stands out as the most well-known monument. It was built by the Greeks on a scenic headland. We will be able to see Calabria and the Sicilian Ionian coastline, as well as Etna mountain behind. Every year, Taormina arte takes place in this area. To reach a beautiful panoramic terrace, let’s take a long walk along Corso Umberto.

We are located in Catania a charming and beautiful cultural city on the east side Sicily. It lies right below volcano Etna. It is located right beneath volcano Etna. Catania’s old town is a UNESCO Heritage

It’s time to go and drink some water. You can also get zammu (anise), in the old kiosks. They are like an institution in the city. These kiosks were used as resting places for people to enjoy a cool drink under the shade of trees and find relief from the heat during summer. They are now renewed. The drinks consist of a base made from carefully handcrafted fruit syrup and sparkling natural water. The most popular drink is soda, lemon, salt. It is refreshing and natural. The best drinks are those made with mandarin, lemon barley water, mint, and so forth.

Let’s now take a look at Mount Etna, the most impressive active volcanoes in the world.

You should start at the Rifugio Sapienzaon the Southern side. It is easily accessible by cable car. You can view the stunning landscape of lava rocks and craters from there. It will be like being on the moon

Ph. Etna: Walking on the Moon – Ph. I Mannarano

Let’s now go to Siracusa. On the way, stop at the Pantalicanatural preserve. We will visit its necropolis which is a fascinating prehistoric site in Sicily, and an example of the transition from Bronze Age to Iron Age.

Pantalica – ph. Ignazio Mannarano

We are now in Siracusa, an ancient relic and one of the largest Magna Grecia cities.

Let’s begin at the Apollo Temple. Next, we will reach Piazza duomo. This area is surrounded by many Baroque buildings. The Cathedral houses the Doric temple to Athena. It is the most important ancient polis. This square is among the most beautiful in Italy. Let’s go to Santa Lucia allea Badia Church, where we can admire Caravaggio’s painting “Il Seppellimento Di Santa Lucia”.

Duomo Ortigia – ph.Ignazio Mannarano

Let’s now go to Fonte Aretusa. We will continue our visit to the Archaeological Park. It contains the most historic and monumental parts of the city. You can see the Roman Amphitheatre and the Greek Theatre. Also, there is the Latomia del Paradiso that is an ancient limestone quarry that houses Dionysus’ Ear. This cave is very unusually shaped. You could also shout and listen for the echo.

fonte Aretusa – ph.Ignazio Mannarano

Let’s delight our hearts with the baroque of Noto, and take a look at the magnificent Cathedral as well as the old town.

We are now in Modica. The center of the city is filled with architectural beauty, so let’s take a stroll around and not rush. The standing façade of the Duomo di San Giorgio is visible from the top of the staircase. It is the city’s symbol. Salvatore Quasimodo was born here. His house, which is filled with memories and photos, is as it was when he left it. Modica is a must-see destination for its delicious chocolate. It is delicious and unique, so you should bring it home!

Let’s now move on to the stunning Ragusa. It combines two cities: Low Ragusa, high Ragusa, or RagusaIbla. After the 1693 earthquake, the high city was rebuilt.

The Duomo di San Giorgio is the symbol of city renewal. It has a stunning baroque façade that partially survived the earthquake. Also very impressive is the Churchof Santa Maria delle Scale which integrated the 14th-century portal into the new baroque church. Modica is a charming city rich in history and culinary traditions. The food and wine are exceptional, and the people are very welcoming.

The ideal end to this fascinating tour of culture is Villa Romana del Casale, Piazza Armerina – Enna, which is part of the UNESCO Heritage, and the nearby archaeological site in Morgantina. These are unique places around the globe.

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