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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.
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