The Etna Regional Park extends for 59,000 hectares in a unique natural environment: the extraordinary landscape which surrounds the highest active volcano in Europe is set to become a World Heritage Site in June 2013.
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The Bellini’s Garden is better known as Bellini’s Villa, it belonged to the Biscari’s family, who gave it to citizenship in 1854. It’s in the heart of Catania and you can come in from several sides, but the main entrance is located along the famous via Etnea.
Villa Bellini is the ideal place where to take a relaxing walk with your family.
In the heart of the historic center of Catania, under the famous arches of the Navy, there is the Pacini garden. It is one of the two oldest gardens in the city, it was built at the end of 1800 and was incorporated by the railway viaduct in the thirties.
It’s the island that make up the archipelago of the Cyclops with other seven big rocks off Aci Trezza Sea. Its origin, caused by intense volcanic activity of Mount Etna, is dated back about 500.000 years ago. In the 19th century it has been declared Natural reserve.
Santa Maria La Scala is a fishing village not far from Acireale, it is reached walking on the old road called by Acireale people "le Chiazzette". The small town of Santa Maria La Scala is built around the harbor called "Scalo Grande".
Stone beach and clean sea; it is the ideal spot where to spend a great day outdoor.
In the center of the city, via Etnea 397, there’s the Botanical Gardens, historic garden of the city, is now the destination of many visitors who can enjoy, in every month of the year, valuable botanical collections such as Palms, Succulents and Wild plants in Sicily.
In Mascalucia you can find a wonderful example of typical Mediterranean vegetation. The Park of Monte Ceraulo born from the overlapping of lava flows. Its flora witnesses the richness and variety of the magnificent Etna’ wood.
Thaks to the playground for children and the pic-nic area, it is the perfect place for families.
The public garden of Acireale, also called Villa Belvedere, is at the end of the Corso Umberto, the main street that links the Villa to the Cathedral of Acireale. From its balcony it is possible to admire a beautiful view of Taormina, Etna and the Timpa.
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The village of Santa Caterina, formerly known as "Cavallari", is made up of narrow streets decorated with flowers and citrus trees. The village is located on one of the highest lava ridges of Timpa; an impressive view enriched by the precipice on the sea.
Nature lover? Walk the lava stone path and reach the beach Acqua del Ferro. You should do this.
"La Timpa" natural reserve is characterized by the presence of lava ridges that have stratified over the centuries. The reserve can be reached from SS114 state highway, through the tortuous "Chiazzette" trail that heads down to Santa Maria La Scala.