Short Tour of Eastern Sicily Self-Drive
Discover the East side of Sicily by car with this 4 days and 3 nights route.
1st Day: Catania
Arrival at the Catania airport and car pick up at rental office. Charming Catania is the most important city of eastern Sicily. It immediately reveals its architectural treasures in the old city centre; its Baroque architectures are part of Unesco World Heritage sites.
Hidden treasures of this fascinating citu are countless: unique Baroque buildings made of lava stone or ruins dated back to late Roman Empire, even if Catania was rebuilt after the earthquake of 1693.
This city was the capital of the Kingdom of Sicily, during the Aragonese dynasty.
The most important sites are: the Cathedral, symbol of devotion to Sant’Agata, the impressive Piazza Duomo with the “Liotro” (lava stone elephant), the Roman Amphitheatre, the Teatro Massimo Bellini, Piazza Università.
The popular “Pescheria” (fish market) and the beautiful and Baroque Via Crociferi (Unesco World Heritage Site) with the famous Monastery of St. Benedict was made known by Verga’s novel “History of a Capinera”. Overnight in Catania city centre.
2nd Day: Etna and Taormina
Her Majesty Mount Etna, the highest volcano in Europe and Unesco World Heritage site, overlooks the entire area.
You can experience a unique emotions, walking towards the Silvestri Craters, inactive volcanic cones, dated back to 1888, which are surrounded by lava sediments. Taormina is a real “must see” for anyone who visits the Ionian coast. This charming town, tourist destination by excellence, is famous worldwide, thanks to its natural landscape, the beautiful sea, historical monuments and an unforgettable view of Etna! We suggest that you visit valuable historic buildings such as the fascinating Greek Theater, the Cathedral and Palazzo Corvaja.
In Taormina you have to do shopping! Corso Umberto and the adjacent narrows propose several boutiques and local craft shops. Overnight in Catania.
3rd Day: Syracuse and Noto
The 3rd day is dedicated to Sicilian Baroque!
Syracuse, the most beautiful and great Greek colony in Sicily, is a wonderful city that made Eastern Sicily famous worldwide. The Neapolis Archaeological Park ( Unesco Woprld Heritage), includes the Greek Theatre, the Roman Amphitheatre, the Latomie del Paradiso and the Ear of Dionysius.
If Syracuse is a chest, Ortigia is its jewel; the beautiful island houses a stunning white Cathedral and the Fountain of Arethusa.
Noto, as known as “the garden of stone”, is the capital of Sicilian Baroque: its buildings are part of Unesco World Heritage Site. This little city was founded according to the ideals of an “open city”; it is a rare masterpiece and the clearest example of 18th century architectural rules.
Walking through its streets, you can admire the brilliant skills of local workers; the Baroque in Noto, infact, its buildings has elegant curves, floral interlacing, perspective views, gardens, cherubs which enrich the facades of churches and monasteries.
We recommend a visit to Palazzo Nicolaci, wonderful noble residence, in pure Baroque style. Overnight in Catania.
4th Day: Cyclops Riviera and Acireale
Your short tour of Eastern Sicily ends in the Cyclops Riviera, with its famous sea villages such as Acicastello and Acitrezza, where Verga’s novel “Malavoglia” was set.
The city centre of Acireale will amaze you with its historic lava stone buildings, enriched by wrought iron balconies. Departure to the airport, car drop-off and end of services.
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