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Nature in Catania area

Alcantara gorges and river

The name of this river means “the bridge” (al qantarah, in Arabic) and it divides the province of Catania from that of Messina. The Alcantara, where in the past the Arabs tried to breed crocodiles...

Argimusco and Malabotta forest

Situato tra i monti Peloritani ed i monti Nebrodi, il bosco di Malabotta (700 – 1300 m slm) è un’area di eccezionale valore naturalistico, il bosco per eccellenza, anche se andrebbe...

Dirillo (river and lake)

River of historic importance as it served as a way of communication between the coast and the hinterland, the ancient inhabitants of Sicily. Starting from the meeting of the Amerillo and the Vizzini...

Etna (Parco regionale)

La regina di Sicilia che con i suoi 3330 m rappresenta il vulcano più alto d’Europa. Regina perché per i siciliani l’Etna è donna: la “montagna (amuntagna, in siciliano) Etna” e non il...

Fiumefreddo river

  At one time, and from a very wide river bed, this river was born of the source called Quadare (a small distance from the coast) that is, Caldare, which bubbles up from the...

Isola Bella

The stunning Isola Bella is a small island below Taormina. It was a private property until 1990, when it was bought turned into a nature reserve. There is a narrow path that often connects the island...

Lachea island

        Near the fishing village of Acitrezza, about 200 meters from the shore, there are these spectacular rocks (Islands of the Cyclops) that legend has it were the put there...

Lauro mountain

It is the highest peak of the Iblean mountains, reaching to 986 meters above sea level. The name is derived from the Latin, Laurus ‘laurel’, because in the the past there were many of this tree...

Lava Museum - Butterflies' house

Nella stessa area ricadono questi due piccoli musei. Siamo attorno alle pendici di un vulcano spento, il monte Serra. Il museo della lava è un centro espositivo permanente sul vulcanesimo e sulle...

Nebrodi mountain road

E’ una stupenda passeggiata che ferisce al cuore i Nebrodi. 70 chilometri di boschi, laghi, panorami, natura incontaminata. Questo meraviglioso percorso si può dividere in 3 parti principali...

Ossena river

A beautiful place made magnificent by waterfalls and canyons that meet in the rich vegetation and are active all year around, even during periods of severe drought. The recommended route (which runs...

San Gregorio caves

      Eight lava caves, almost in the center of town, itself in a lava field.  In length they reach about 1.5 kilometers. Today inhabited by bats, in the past the housed people...

Santo Pietro forest (Natural Reserve)

From the 19th century romantic town of Santo Pietro (that has fascist architecture from the early 1900s), kind of a ghost town now, comes the name of this forest from ancient memory. It was, in fact,...

Simeto river

The reserve is located on the plane of Catania, along the mouth of the Simeto River, the longest Sicilian River in scope and watershed area. It originates in the Nebrodi mountains and flows into the...

Simeto's lava canyons

These gorges are gorges that have been formed by the thousands of encounters between lava stone from ancient eruptions and the water from the river, in this case, the Simeto. The area starts in...

Timpa of Acireale (Natural Reserve)

A vast promontory created by repeated volcanic eruptions in various time periods, that fall to the Ionian Sea with steep, vertical walls.  La Timpa is in good part inaccessable and impervious. From...

Veneretta mountain

  It’s the highest point (884 meters) of the natural staircase that from the sea of Giardini Naxos, trough Taormina and Castelmola reaches the hinterland of this...