The picturesque historic centre of Taormina is perched on the cliff top complete with castle, cathedral and cluster of chic shops and piazzas full of cafes. This attractive and permanently fashionable little town has locals and visitors alike showing off their finery as the cafes and bars wake up at night. During the day you can wonder at the view of the coast and Mount Etna.
The thriving town of Giardini Naxos with its old fishing harbour is a popular holiday resort on the site of the ancient Greek colony of Naxos. The whole area is of great historical interest, with many archaeological sites and just 4mls from Taormina. Those who venture to the top of the hill will enjoy stunning views.
This pleasant town lies between two natural harbours on the eastern shore, with more than enough to occupy the busiest tourist for at least a couple of days and a great base for exploring the south-eastern corner of Sicily. The maze of narrow medieval streets leads you to the beautiful Piazza del Duomo home of the ancient baroque Duomo. Standing tall on the tip of the Ortigia Island is the impressive Castello Maniace which once protected the harbour and enjoys the most amazing views out to sea.
Catania is dramatically situated between the Ionian Sea and Mount Etna, Europe’s greatest active volcano. As well as ruins from the ancient city, the town boasts a wealth of fine Baroque architecture. It’s a city with a strong personality, dominated by the looming bulk of Etna, which every so often rains ash upon the streets.
One of the most fascinating towns in Sicily, Ragusa has caused many a visitor’s jaw to drop as they first set eyes on the lower part of the town. Essentially Baroque, the Ragusa you will see today dates almost entirely from 1693. Indeed, it was in this year that Ragusa, along with its neighbours, Noto, Modica, Scicli and Catania, was razed to the ground by a terrible earthquake that hit most of the eastern side of Sicily.