This ancient town sits at the foot of Mount Etna on the beautiful east coast of Sicily. Acireale boasts wonderful baroque architecture, whilst sights include the Zelantea art gallery, the baroque church of San Sebastiano and the neo-gothic St Peter’s Basilica. The magnificent Piazza del Duomo is a great place to appreciate some of the best of the town’s architecture. Acireale has been a spa town since Roman times, and the area is also known for its mineral water. The countryside surrounding Acireale is dramatic, with many volcanic landscapes surrounding the slopes of Mount Etna, whilst there are also many fragrant olive and lemon groves dotted around the area.
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Nearby Mount Etna is Europe's tallest active Volcano and has been awarded UNESCO world heritage site status. Watch its frequent eruptions from afar or join a guided tour of the Volcano and learn a bit more about magnificent Mount Etna in the safe company of one of the local experts.
Visit Catania, Sicily's second largest city, home to an old town full of interesting architecture, the Piazza Duomo, ancient Roman ruins and a large fish market, a perfect spot for a seafood lunch!
Located in the central piazza is the Duomo di Ariceale. The impressive cathedral dates back to the 15th Century although it has been rebuilt several times over the years.
Hike through La Timpa Nature Reserve and marvel at the interesting rock formations created by the larva flows of Mount Etna. The park is also home to a number of different species of plant and animals including porcupines, warblers, and horned owls.
Leave the city centre and take a pleasant 2km coastal walk downhill to the tiny fishing village of Santa Maria La Scala, and enjoy fresh seafood on the edge of the small harbour.
Festa di Sant'Agatanational event
The people of Catania celebrate their own Saint Agata for two incredible days, nearly round the clock, parading through their streets, eating, and shouting. The festival is the best season to visit the famous outdoor market of Catania.
Liberation Daynational event
Marks the end of World War II in Italy back in in 1945.
Labour Daynational event
Also known as 'May Day' or 'International Worker's Day', this day is commemorated in many countries around the world.
Infiorata di Notonational event
Italy’s best-known flower festival sees one of the Baroque town’s main streets, Via Nicolaci, carpeted with a series of flower-petal tapestries designed by local and international artists. To watch them at work, come on the Friday. If you have kids, bring them back on the morning of May 20, when they can join local children in scattering the petals by running up and down the street.
Republic Daynational event
St. John The Bapt...national event
Renaissance Music...national event
One of the best music festivals in Sicily. Top international Renaissance and Medieval music artists perform in the beautiful mountaintop village of Erice. The festival blends into Ferragosto celebrations on the 15th with fireworks and special foods.
Assumption Daynational event
This is the mid-summer holiday for all Italy. In the Siracusa Grand Harbour there is a yacht regatta, followed by a traditional Sicilian longboat race. Even the Madonna becomes a sailor. Every town in Sicily has festive foods and evening fireworks.
Ibla Buskers Fest...national event
Street musicians, performers and artists of all imaginable varieties flood to the historic Ibla district of Ragusa for four days of joyous noise and mayhem around the picturesque alleyways. Kids will love the jugglers and other wild circus acts.
All Saint's Daynational event
Immaculate Concep...national event
St. Stephen's Daynational event
New Year's Daynational event
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