By Giovanni Vallone (President of Il Console Association, writer, author)
Closest Market: 1 km - Closest restaurant:1,5 km’s - Closest Piazza (or center): 1 km
This wonderful villa is located a kilometer from Fiumefreddo, a beautiful town of Catania-Taormina area.
The beach is just 2000 meters away.
We suggest you visit Castello degli Schiavi (1 km), jewel of the 18th century Sicilian rural baroque, located only 900 meters away, famous all over the world because it has been used several times as a film set. In 1968 Pier Paolo Pasolini shot some parts of L' orgia; he reached world fame thanks to Francis Ford Coppola who preferred it for the setting of the main scenes of The Godfather, both part I (1972) and II (1974), as the unforgettable explosion of the car after the wedding.
We are in the eastern side of Sicily, the homeland of Etna volcano (15 km's) with its inactive volcanoes (the sons of Etna), caves, forests, lava grounds …
The pearl of Sicily, one of the worldwide masterpieces of beauty: here it is Taormina (10 km's), an evergreen location that has attracted people since the ancient times. Archaeology, myth, a sort of Arab architecture style, amazing landscapes, a blue sea, and such a noble atmosphere, gives Taormina a unique charm. A walk in Corso Umberto is an unforgettable moment to do not miss among exclusive shops, delicious restaurants and coffee, stunning views of the sea, the Greek theatre, the terrifying shape of Etna volcano on the background.
Few kilometers away from the downtown, here it is one of the most beautiful place in the world: Taormina mare (Mazzarò, Spisone, Isolabella), with so many lido (private beaches) where one can enjoy a meal by the sea.
Other two great locations (very good for fisheries and beaches), are Letojanni (5 kms) and Giardini Naxos (1 km), the latter with the ruins of Naxos, the first Greek settlement in Sicily (VIII b.C.).
In Catania (15 km's) I suggest parking the car in Piazza Alcalà and then have a walk: let's start from the worldwide famous Pescheria, then to Piazza Duomo (the heart of Catania) and from it take the Via Etnea, the main street of the town, a pedestrian walking full of shops, cafe's and wonderful buldings in Baroque style. Let's walk for about a kilometer, visiting the Roman amphitheatre (in Piazza Stesicoro) until arrive to the Villa Bellini (Catania's public garden).