Giardini Naxos Things to Do

  • Archaeological area site plan
    Archaeological area site plan
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    Etna trip

    by Sjalen Written Jun 9, 2004

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    As most hotels here have one view of Etna or another, you will feel tempted to get closer as soon as you arrive. This can be done either by car (through Alcantara, Castigliari or through Linguaglossa but that is less scenic) or by coach tours. If you are not already travelling with a tour organising company, you can join the local tourist office's tours. Booking can usually be done a couple of days before, either at your hotel or in the Recanati bus station ticket office when it is open. Most tours include the Alcantara Gorge or some other sight along the way and most have the opportunity to add the extra jeep fare to the sulphuric peak. Just be aware of extra breaks in restaurants etc. that might not have been what you would have spent your time on yourself once you're on a volcano (even if the food is perfectly alright).

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    Alcantara Gorge

    by Sjalen Updated Jun 8, 2004

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    This fascinating gorge was formed during and Etna eruption and you can see the impressive layers of basalt rock once you climb down the gorge (or take the lift). See my travelogue for what it can look like.

    Down here you can wade into the stream and in between the rocks. You can also study birds and frogs if you like since they thrive amongst all the good food for them here.

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    Taormina

    by Sjalen Written Jun 9, 2004

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    Only 20 minutes away by local bus from several stops in the area, this is the most well known town on all Sicily because of its stupenduous beauty. On my Giardini-Naxos intro page, you have already seen what it looks like from the Bay of Naxos. Do take the time to visit it (and maybe nearby Castelmola even higher up) as well - you won't be disappointed, even if it is usually heaving with tourists. The Greek theatre with its Etna view and the glittering Mediterranean below can make anyone want to marry their ugly cousin! :-))) See my Taormina page for more pictures and information.

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    Visit TAORMINA, the Queen of the Mediterranean!

    by WStat Updated Jun 20, 2007

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    A trip from Giardini to Taormina is very easy: first, there are hourly bus-services from the railway-station Giardini/Taormina (it takes about 40 minutes to reach Taormina center via the steep and winding road); secondly, there is a funicular from Giardini Center to the center of Taormina.
    In Taormina you will have to cope with the hordes of tourists, but, if you are a seasoned traveller, you soon will find the small alleys and stairs, leading to typical Sicilian places and great views !
    If you are a seasoned driver, accustomed to Italian / Sicilian traffic, you may also drive directly to Taormina, where you will have difficulties to find a parking-lot !
    But, give it at least a try!

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    Greek colony

    by Sjalen Updated Jun 8, 2004

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    Naxos was the first place where the Greeks landed on Sicily (hence its Greek name as already said) and in a part of town you will find the archaeological part with some scattered remnants amongst the lemon groves. There is also a lava beach here since the "Alcantara eruption" but as far as Greek history goes, there are more interesting sights on this island.

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    From Taormina to CASTELMOLA - a unique experience!

    by WStat Updated Jun 21, 2007

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    Castelmola from Giardini

    If you made it to Taormina and your condition is still fine, you could also make it up the rest of the hill to the small village of Castelmola (either by foot or with your rental car!)
    Your sweats will be honoured by an unique view down to Taormina and Giardini, as well as to the Etna vulcanoe and the Eolian islands, weather permitting.There are also an old castell and the San Giorgio Church as remarkable sights.

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    Travel around or just lie in the sun

    by nvm25 Updated May 31, 2007

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    The site below gives all the necessary information about the attractions nearby which can keep you busy during your whole stay in Giardini Naxos. Now that I returned from Sicily I discovered that isolina_it (see http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/fe35/40/a/) also mentions a popular flea market in Giardini Naxos Parcheggio Recanati ("third Saturday and last Sunday of every month, except July and August" -quote). Well, I didn't notice any market activity in Recanati on the last Sunday of May 2007, but I never looked out for it, and moreover, it was raining all that day, but maybe you'll be more lucky and get a chance to buy some local handicrafts there.

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    Archaeological Park

    by SallyM Updated Aug 12, 2012
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    This is the site of first Greek settlement in Sicily.

    There is a small museum and a larger park area where excavations have taken place. Unfortunately the information panels in the museum are only in Italian, and some of the information boards are rather tatty and faded, so if your Italian isn't that good, bring a good guidebook (or a smartphone with translation facility at a pinch).

    Admission to the park and museum costs 2 euros.

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    Go to the beach

    by Pysen73 Written Jul 25, 2008
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    Giardini Naxos has two beaches, one is the Recanati Beach and the other is the one in the centre, at the main beachroad, Lungomare.
    The one in Recanati is not very nice, and it is getting smaller evvery year, however this is the area where most of the hotels are found. The beach has one or two small "lidos" with sunbeds and shade, but the most part of it is free. It is not the best thing for families because the waves are often high and it gets deep very quickly.
    The beach in the centre is a lot bigger, and a lot cleaner. From here you also have a nice view of Taormina and Etna. Dotted with "lidos" and every now and then some space for those who do not whish to rent a sunbed. Well suited for families, the lidos have toilets, showers, restaurants and often sell icecream and cold drinks.

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