Catania and its province offer many insights both for tourists and local people: from Etna, classic “Sunday drive” for the people of Catania and surrounding, ending with the many wildlife sanctuaries and reserves which will not disappoint nature and open spaces lovers.
Etna area offers a fabulous scenery, along with various opportunities to rise, there are different paths, and the possibility to take a cable car, to go faster, if you have no time enough. To reach this Etna zone from Catania, take you directly to the ring road and exit to Gravina, Nicolosi is final destination. There you will find the Knowledge Refuge, the last stop before the ascent by cable car. Almost surely people of Catania has already reached the top, and so why not trying one of the many alternative paths? Maybe get the slope usually used by those arriving from Taormina, then stop for a picnic in the woods relaxing near Etna after the descent.
Alcantara Gorges, deep more than twenty feet and narrow enough to let thinking about a dramatic show, a veritable canyon carved into the dark stone of volcanic origin. The park is located at Alcantara in Taormina, easily reached taking the A18 highway.
Simeto Oasis is a popular destination in all seasons, this corner of nature is home to many protected species, classical perfect for a Sunday stroll, but also for birdwatching – in Simeto Oasis dozens of species of migratory birds make their “break”, including the knight of Italy and the flamingo. Getting there is very simple: the oasis is located on the coast, just below Fontanarossa, it can be reached driving from Catania, along Kennedy Avenue – recommend you go south to the mouth of the Simeto and stop to take some pictures of the picturesque ruins of the castle of the Duke Misterbianco. (Mr. White) Catania and its province offer many insights both for tourists and local: from Etna, classic “Sunday drive” for the people of Catania and beyond, ending with the many wildlife sanctuaries and reserves that will not disappoint lovers of nature and of open spaces.
And finally, for those who can’t resist without sea, Catania offers the lava landscape of the coast of Acireale, Santa Maria La Scala, this small fishing village is separated from the sea by a strip of black lava rocks.
To move in Catania is almost essential to adopt their own half. You can rent a car at the airport of Catania, located between the center and the Oasis of Simeto move along the A18, which links Catania and Messina, if you have little time, do not forget the SS 114 for clear views of the seaside villages of “Aci” (Acitrezza and Acicastello).Categories: Guides
Localities: Catania, Europe, Italy, Sicily