Sicily is the most beautiful island in the world, so much so as to be mentioned by the New York Times for its historical, artistic and culinary beauty. For this reason it is necessary to visit it at least once in your life, the Blanc Maison Etna-Relais & Charms, the Inn Liberty and Sicilia’s Art Hotel & Spa are perfect for spending a relaxing stay discovering Sicily: art, cuisine and typical products of Catania. This charming b&b is located on the slopes of Etna, in a strategic position for easily reaching the towns and the attractions of the area, and offers all the comforts you need.
The first ting you can do is to visit the enchanting city of Zafferana and the ethnic towns, which are the ideal destination for nature lovers. The area is full of breathtaking landscapes, both in summer and in autumn, but the best moments are given by Etna. The snowy active volcano, at night, gives unforgettable emotions for the combination of colors. Worth visiting is the Chiesa Madre della Provvidenza, symbol of the city. Do not miss Pedara where there is a church built entirely of volcanic stone.
Going on with the visit of the beauties of the Sicilian towns, you can visit the rooms of the Castello di Nelson di Maniace, which has now become a museum, and the period relics dating back to Admiral Nelson.
Another characteristic city to visit is Acitrezza, the town narrated by Verga’s Malavoglia, which is a destination for tourists from all over the world. Famous are the so-called Faraglioni dei Ciclopi, rock formations that are linked to the exploits of Ulysses who was hosted right here by Polyphemus, during his return trip to Ithaca.
Moving towards Catania, the first thing to visit is the Piazza del Duomo where there is an obelisk with the symbol of the city or “O Liotru”, the elephant symbol of Catania. There are many legends related to what is considered the protector of the city as it seems to have protected the city from previous eruptions of Etna. Continuing the visit you will come across the Cattedrale di Sant’Agata, the main place of worship in the city, as it houses the remains of the patron saint to whom it is dedicated. The Basilica has a facade entirely carved with tiles representing different figures.
Continuing the visit of the city, you can admire the Castello Ursino built by Frederick II of Swabia, of course for defensive purposes, is characterized by lava stone walls and dates from the thirteenth century. Today it is the site of cultural events such as important exhibitions and concerts.