Catania is a city that is built right at the edge of the Etna mountain, Europe's tallest active volcano. Its shape looms over the city, and you can see the mountain from pretty much everywhere.
It's interesting to see that Catania, though built on the seaside, is a city that faces the mountain, and not the see. For instance, Via Etnea, its main shopping street, leaves from the Duomo Square and climbs up on the lowest Etna slopes.
Some of the best shots of Etna can be captured in March and April, when the air is clear and snow still covers the top. Actually, in May and October you can swim in the sea and ski in the same day!
Caltabellotta - a wonderful hilltop town reached by a fine bus trip from Sciacca which is reached by bus from Agrigento. Have something warm off-season because its an icy blast that hits you at the top even when its warm in the town.
Alcantara Gorge. A gorge created when the cold water of the Alcantara river split the volcanic basalt rock. Weird and wonderful rock formations and a popular tourist trip but take the bus and spend a couple of hours exploring the lower reaches of the valley.
Walk to Castelmola from Porta Messina, Taormina (2km).Walk uphill alongside the city walls to the Cappuccini fountain from where Via Cappuccini begins. Just before the Convent take the higher road to the left and at the end of the buildings (before the school) turn left up the steps at the side of the hotel. This is Salita Branco an ancient stairway-muletrack that twists up the northern side of Monte Tauro. Enjoy panoramic views of the coast towards Messina as you climb towards the ancient hilltop fortress of Castelmola, which was built to protect Taormina. Once there a 360 degree vista rewards you, enjoy a drink or a scenic lunch before returning by the alternative path described in 'Must see activities'.
Check out the view on the left!It's nice, but now imagine how it looked like in person!JUST FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!