The charm of the Etna volcano
Etna (Mungibeddu or ‘a Muntagna in Sicilian) is the highest active volcano in Europe. Its frequent eruptions throughout history have changed, sometimes even profoundly, the surrounding landscape. Hotel Fiumefreddo is the ideal starting point for excursions of all kinds to discover this fascinating area. Our staff will help you choose your excursion in collaboration with the best agencies in the area.
Founded in 729 AC from the Greeks Calcidesi, boasts a thousand-year history characterized by various dominations whose remains today enrich its artistic, architectural and cultural heritage. In the course of its history it has been repeatedly destroyed by volcanic eruptions (the most impressive, in historical times, is that of 1669) and by earthquakes (the most catastrophic remembered were those of 1169 and 1693). The baroque of its center historian has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site, along with seven municipalities of the Val di Noto (Caltagirone, Militello in the Val di Catania, Modica, Noto, Palazzolo Acreide, Ragusa and Scicli), in 2002.
Located on the south-east coast of the island, it is the fourth largest city in Sicily by population, after Palermo, Catania and Messina; in the past it was one of the largest cities in the ancient world, as well as the largest Greek city. Near the city is the Pantalica, rock necropolis declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005.
It is one of the most important international tourist centers of Sicily for its enchanting natural landscape, marine beauties and its historical monuments among which it is possible to admire:
• Taormina Cathedral, XII century AD
• Monte Tauro Castle, 10th century AD
• Anglican church
• Odeon, 1st century BC
• Ancient theater of Taormina
Riviera of the Cyclops
The Riviera dei Ciclopi, a privileged destination for seaside tourism, stretches along a stretch of the coast of eastern Sicily that goes from Catania to Acireale, a place famous first by Homer in the Odyssey then by Verga in Malavoglia and still by Luchino Visconti. the set of the film La Terra Trema. In the stretch of sea in front of Aci Trezza the sumptuous and mythical faraglioni that the legend wants they were launched by the Cyclops Polyphemus against Ulysses on the run.