Do you want to know more about Sicily? Here the right place to get many information about it. Our author from Sicily will guide you through all wonderful and amazing places. Sicily - large and rich island opposite the Italian mainland. In Antiquity, it was settled by Phoenicians and Greeks, and contested by the Carthaginians, Romans, Ostrogoths, and Byzantines.
A Sud di Siracusa - South of Siracusa
Punta della Mola
Punta della Mola, in front of Syracuse, at the beginning of Plemmirio marine reserve. Undoubtedly, one of the most beautiful sea shore in Sicily. Known also as Pillirina promenade, located at the edge of Maddalena peninsula, the zone of Punta della Mola closes Siracusa gulf on the south-east side. During second world war there was a military base. Its ruins are still evident in the aerea. There are also some ancient caves and tombs but archaeology is not the main feature of the site. Local people loves this place especially in spring or summer for its beautiful beaches, one facing Syracuse and Ortigia island, the other looking south, well protected by a rocky creek, with a nice view on the cliffs of Plemmirio. For those who like scuba, this location can be particularly interesting. The seabed shows a typical flora and wildlife, thanks to the special natural formations similar to coral reefs. Low platforms, made of cemented shells of mollusks, are a perfect sample of the Mediterranean sea environment. Access to the sea is quite easy almost every where. Anyway, scuba or not, one relaxing day in its warm water is really pleasant.
To reach Punta della Mola is quite simple, especially by car. There are several panels that show the different routes to seaside, each one marked by a number. Take number 43, leave the car along the road and walk a few minutes towards the sea.
Serra del Salifizio
The Etna, south side, altitude 2000 meters. A different point of view on south-east crater and Valle del Bove, the great valley where most of the pouring lavas flow in. This easy trail offers beautiful landscapes, far from the crowd of main roads. You can leave the car at "Piano del Vescovo" or in the area of "Crateri Silvestri" and start from there. The ascent follow the trail of "Schiena dell'Asino". It is not so hard, almost one hour or less depending from your own capabilities. No particular difficulties to be expected. You'll reach altitude 2000 meters and then will walk on a flat surface. From there the view is breathtaking. If you are lucky you can see the crater's activity in real time at a safety distance. Don't forget that Etna is a volcano, altitudes are relevant and weather changes quickly.
Even in summer, it is better to be prepared in case of strong wind, fog or rain. In winter, of course, probably you'll find snow on the trail so be careful. Referring to a local guide in this period could be a good idea.
Buccheri - Bosco Pisano
A part from its prehistorical interest, Bosco Pisano is perfect for a relaxing walk along trails that cross the wood, admiring this peaceful nature. Down in the narrow valley below, the Sughereta creek flows and all the countryside is green and full of colored flowers. Spring is the best period to plan an excursion.
Ponte dei Saraceni - Saracens Bridge
Licodia Eubea - La Grotta dei Santi - The Saints cave
Out of the cave, you will find a wonderful landscape with the "Cava dei Volaci" valley and its quiet countryside, grown lands, hills and silence. Don't forget to walk up to the top of the hill. From there you can admire the panorama on the opposite side towards the town of Vizzini. If the sky is free from clouds, the upper cone of Etna volcan will be visible.