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S I C I L Y   E A S T

Catania
Catania is an intriguing, lively city offering very contrasting aspects concentrated all in one place. Located on the east cost of Sicily, between Messina and Syracuse, Catania is also famous for being at the foot of the active Mount Etna, the highest volcano in Europe. Despite the constant threat of eruptions, these are also beneficial as they result in rich, fertile soil suitable for the growth of vines. The historical Baroque city centre has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage city, together with several other near-by comuni in the Noto Valley (Caltagirone, Militello in Val di Catania,, Modica, Noto, Palazzo Acreide, Ragusa and Scicli).

Taormina
Taornima is a small town packed with extraordinary natural beauty, sea views and historic monuments. Since ancient times, it was conquered by many civilizations who wanted to dominate it because of its status and strategic position on the east coast. Since the 19th century, this trend has been overtaken by continuous interest in its particular qualities, attracting visitors from all over the world, searching for culture, special atmosphere and refined natural beauty. During summer, many music presentations, operas and other prestigious events are staged in the ancient Greek Theatre looking over towards Mount Etna.

Siracusa
This city is the forth largest in Sicily, after Palermo, Catania and Messina. During ancient times, Syracuse held a key role and was the most powerful and strategic city of Ancient Greece. Nowadays this city remains a beautiful and fascinating place with outstanding examples of history, archaeology and culture. The Roman amphitheatre, Temple of Apollo and the Island of Ortigia are just few of the most evocative sites of this magnificent town, which is also listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Noto
At the foot of the Iblean Mountains, Noto is located only 32 km from Siracusa and it is another Sicilian jewel with splendid examples of Baroque architecture. Famous for its early 18th century buildings, the city displays a mixture of old and new architectural styles. A wealth of masterpieces including churches, palaces and archaeological sites has resulted in a designation as a UNESCO World Heritage site. One of the most beautiful cities in Europe, it annually attracts a discerning tourism, seeking to unlock her treasures and to absorb the typical Sicilian atmosphere blessed with good locally produce wine and traditional gastronomy.

Scicli
"Is the most beautiful city I have ever seen. More than Piazza Armerina. More than Caltagirone. More than Ragusa, and more than Nicosia, and more than Enna…Perhaps it is the most beautiful city of all the cities in the world. People are happy living in beautiful cities..." (Elio Vittorini, Le Citta’ del Mondo, 1969). Scicli is a monumental expression of the baroque style, displaying beautiful interior decoration typical of its noble palaces and Byzantine churches, all of which combine to give this city too the title of UNESCO World Heritage site. As in many Sicilian cities, gastronomy plays an important role, testifying to the influence of many civilizations which have shaped the flavours and appearance of many traditional recipes still used and passed on down generations.