By Giovanni Vallone (President of MammaSicily, writer, author)
Closest Market: 3 km - Closest restaurant: 3 km - Closest Piazza (or center): 3 km
Trecastagni is one of the nicest towns in the Etna park, renowned for its aristocratic architecture.
Piazza Marconi (photo) is the heart of the town where you can spend lovely moments.
Through the characteristic narrow alleys, have a walk until the mother church of San Nicola, where you can enjoy a gorgeous view of the Ionian coast.
We are in the eastern side of Sicily, and two masterpieces dominate the landscapes; the sea and Etna volcano, joined by something bigger than them: the blue Sicilian sky!
Etna Park (Unesco’s), with its inactive volcanos (the sons of Etna), caves, forests, lava grounds … lasts 10 km’s
We suggest you to enjoy our Etna tour, the most requested in Sicily
Catania, with its gorgeous Via Etnea and its outdoor markets, lasts 10 km’s.
The Playa (photo, beaches) too lasts 10 km’s.
I suggest you get a visit to Acitrezza and Acicastello (5 km’s), fishermen hamlets, where the lava flow has painted a castle and basalt giants (sea stacks).
Taormina, the pearl of Sicily, is almost 30 km’s away: it’s a magic place with the amazing Isolabella and its narrow streets rich in history, a sort of vintage atmosphere and fashion: cool!
Siracusa (Unesco’s), and its Greek masterpieces it’s almost 60 km’s away.
Another tips is the visit of Pantalica (Unesco’s), with its more than 3000 graves carved on the rock, a river, a forest and a sort of mistery all around.
At a glance: Acireale (Baroque style, 5 km), Savoca (The Godfather movie’s spot, 40 km), Brucoli (sea, 40 km), Megara Ibla (archaeology, 40 km), Randazzo (40 km), Giardini Naxos (sea, 30 km), Cavagrande del Cassibile (nature, 60 km)
It’s time to eat something and my tip is to do not miss the Pasta alla Norma and to have, at least once, a typical Sicilian breakfast: granita and brioche (photo)!
And, of course, fish, fish, fish … and visit the outdoor fish markets (Riposto, Acitrezza, Catania).