What to do and see near us
Sicily is rich in history and ancient architecture.
With its mix of cultural heritages, a stunning sight is never further than a street away.
All towns in Sicily have some peculiarity and speciality, all for their own reason like History, Art, Food, Wine, Culture, Beaches, Nature, etc.
We are also proud to have 12 UNESCO world heritage sites!
Casa Coniglio is located in Trappitello which is part of the town of Taormina but is situated in a quiet area, away from the tourists.
Trappitello provides everything you will need during your stay like Supermarkets, Pharmacies, Post offices, etc.
On the mountain of Tauromenium, you will find the historical centre or Taormina.
With its stunning Greek-Roman amphitheatre and amazing views over the bay of Giardini Naxos, the Etna and the Mediterranean Sea, Taormina enchanted a lot of people during the ages.
Quite a few famous writers, actors and intellects like Oscar Wilde, Ava Gardner, D.H Lawrence, Liz Taylor, Salvador Dali, Orson Welles, Greta Garbo, Cary Grant and Truman Capote resided and frequently came back to Taormina.
Giardini Naxos, 5 minutes away, was the first Greek colony in Sicily, here you will find remnants of one of the oldest settlements on the Island.
Next to that, Giardini is also known for its long beaches and nightlife.
Something for everybody.
Another nearby must-visit is The Gole dell’Alcantara.
A beautiful water stream and river that cuts through ancient lava flows.
You can decide to book a guided tour, go kayaking, rent a quad or just some high boots and take up the fast-flowing stream yourself.
A calm dip and sun tan is of course a much-appreciated choice!
The options are endless…
Even in the winter, the weather is very nice with up to 25-28 C in the sunshine!!!
Visit the magnificent and ageless Baroque in the “Val di Noto” area.
Syracuse, Noto, Ragusa Ibla are only a few of the many incredible towns to visit having this magnificent golden sunkissed colour given by the local stone used, il Tufo.
In the same area, you can also visit other very pretty towns such as Marzamemi, Pachino, Aci trezza, etc.
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What to do on the Etna
- Visit the Silvestri craters.
These are few side-by-side buttonhole inactive craters arriving to a height of 1,986 meters, which date back to the eruption of 1892.
They are located near the Rifugio Sapienza and the cable car.
- Trekking and Hiking.
From different places such as the Rifugio Sapienza or Piano Provenzana, it is possible to follow guided (or not) Trekking/Hiking paths to discover fantastic caves, and sights.
The best would be to go with a Guide as they know the best roads to follow and will make sure you do not get lost ;-).
Another option is to rent bikes or Quads/Jeeps or go up with the cable car up to 2500 m.
- Enjoy the unlimited Culinary and Wine tasting experiences.
Thanks to the ashes the area surrounding the Etna is very fertile and great to plant and grow every kind of fruit, and vegetable and now home to some very high-class DOC wines.
In the surrounding towns, you can find the best restaurants and wineries.
Some of the old ruins have also been renovated into astounding places scattered in the most rural areas or in the pretty little towns.
The Rifugio Sapienza Restaurant also serves great food and drinks in a unique atmosphere.
Other places worth mentioning:
-I Quattro Archi
-Etna Quota Mille
- Visit the Beautiful historical towns on the Slopes of the Etna and drive along the “Mare Neve” Road.From Milo, famous for the wines, to Randazzo with its majestical medieval baroque in Lava stone; from the Norman Adrano to Bronte, famous for its Pistacchio plants and Maletto, renowned for the sweet strawberries.
Also worth noting: Zafferana Etnea, famous for the Honey and the Porcini mushrooms.
A trip to the Etna is not far away:
You can get there with your own car, but to go to the very top, you will need to take a tour with a special All Terrain Vehicle which will bring you almost to the top of Europe’s most active volcano (part of the UNESCO).
The Etna (or Mongibello, Muncibbeḍḍu, a Muntagna) is Europe’s tallest active volcano (3,360 m above sea level), with frequent periods of intermittent to persistent activity.
The Etna is particular for a number of reasons.
First: it has the longest record of historical eruptions among all volcanoes on this planet.
Second: it lies in a very densely populated area: the Catania area is Sicily’s largest urban agglomerate consisting not only of the city itself but also of numerous smaller towns and villages at altitudes of up to 900 m (for example Nicolosi).
Third: During the winter period it is possible to Ski in different areas and also rent very pretty Chalets like in the Alps.