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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
The Oasis Simeto was declared natural reserve in 1984. The naturalistic interest of the reserve is the presence of river and marsh environments and coastal dunes. Each ambient is characterized by different flora and fauna.
The first sensation of those who visit the Butterfly House Monteserra is to be immersed in a world almost enchanted. A real living museum where you find the most beautiful and extraordinary butterflies of the world, in a wide variety of shapes and colors.
Piano Provenzana is a ski area located in the town of Linguaglossa (CT), on the northern slope of Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe. It is located at an altitude of 1,810 meters above sea level, and is surrounded by a large pine wood.