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 for: 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 kms 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 almost 30 kms' 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 powerfull town in V century b.C., with its stunning archeological ruins, is almost 70 kms 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 scenes of the Godfather movie were shooted.