By Giovanni Vallone (President of MammaSicily, writer, author)
Closest Market: 1 km - Closest restaurant: 1 km - Closest Piazza (or center): 1 km
We are in San Giovanni Montebello a quite village between Etna Park and the Ionian sea.
In the village you can find everything you need: restaurants, pharmacy, bakery, butchery, supermarket, ATM ...
From San Giovanni Montebello you can reach the Etna Park in less than 5 km’s.
The closest beach is in Riposto, just 10 km's away. In this town you will also find a very renowned fish market.
Taormina, the pearl of Sicily, is 20 km’s away and Giardini Naxos, with its marvellous sandy beaches and promenade, less than 15.
Catania is about 30 km's away: park the car in Piazza Alcalà and enjoy the historical center (fishmarket, Piazza Duomo, Via Etnea).
You are in the land of ice creams and granite: have the latter for breakfast (with brioche).
Pasta? Uhmmm ... let me think …: Norma, Vongole, Nero di Seppia, Sarde!
Syracuse, the powerful town in V century b.C., with its stunning archeological ruins, is roughly 70 km's away.
I suggest you a visit to Acireale that shows a nice Baroque style architecture.
Just 40 kms away here it is Savoca, a very romantic and Sicilian town, where many sequences of the Godfather movie were shot.