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 CAMPING VILLAGE LA FOCETTA SICULA

CAMPING VILLAGE
LA FOCETTA SICULA

Excursions, points of interest and attractions close to MESSINA Castelmola Taormina Giardini Naxos

PARCO FLUVIALE DELL'ALCANTARA

PARCO FLUVIALE DELL'ALCANTARA  Apri
Loc. REGIONE SICILIANA ENTE PARCO FLUVIALE DELL'ALCANTARA, VIA ARCIPRETE CALI, 44, CASTIGLIONE DI - SICILIA  Navigatore
19 Km from LA FOCETTA SICULA
Altitude: 304 mt. a.s.l.  Area Castelmola, Giardini Naxos, Taormina
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The only riverside park in Sicily Approximately 50 km of river channel, with natural features unique and unusual. Events geological and geothermal considerable intensity have determined the structure of the current basalts. It seems that in prehistoric times, a river flowed out of clay sediments; then channeled huge volcanic eruptions in the bed of that river a fluid magma, which sank in the most clay, resulting in the current basalt columns. The apotheosis of these spectacular sculptures of nature, it has in the Larderia of the municipality of Motta Camastra.

RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA FIUMEDINISI E MONTE SCUDERI

RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA FIUMEDINISI E MONTE SCUDERI  Apri
Loc. FIUMEDINISI - SICILIA  Navigatore
15 Km from LA FOCETTA SICULA
  Area Castelmola, Messina, Taormina
This protected area reserve many surprises impassioned naturalist: beautiful specimens of heather, at the foot of Monte Scuderi, a counterpoint to the woods of all species of oak known in Sicily, which occupy the valleys and other low areas of the reserve. Then, the rivers: real laboratories geological outdoors where myriads of pebbles of different mineral tell the story of the bowels of the earth and the physical nature of Peloritans.

SANTUARIO DI TINDARI

SANTUARIO DI TINDARI  Apri
Loc. SANTUARIO MARIA SS.MA DEL TINDARI, PATTI ME - SICILIA  Navigatore
36 Km from LA FOCETTA SICULA
  Area Tindari, Fiumedinisi, Francavilla di Sicilia
The Sanctuary of Tindarys is located at the eastern end of the promontory, overlooking the sea, at the ancient acropolis, where a small church was built on the ruins of the abandoned city. The statue of the Black Madonna, carved cedar wood, I was placed in an unknown time, possibly from the East came here after the phenomenon of iconoclasm in the eighth and ninth centuries. The church was destroyed in 1544 by Algerian pirates, was rebuilt between 1552 and 1598, and the sanctuary was enlarged by Bishop Joseph Pullano with the construction of a new larger church was consecrated in 1979.La feast of the shrine is held annually between 7 and 8 September. At the base of the cape there is a sandy area with a series of small ponds, whose conformation is changed as a result of the movement of sand, driven by the storms. The beach is known as Marinello or the sea dry, and there are many legends related. According to one of the beach they would miraculously formed after the fall of a child from the terrace of the sanctuary, then found safe and well on the beach as soon as created by the retreat of the sea. The girl's mother, a pilgrim came from afar, after the miracle, the miracle would have changed my mind about the true nature of the sculpture, which he had doubted because dark complexion of the Virgin. Another legend tells of the death on this very beach of Pope Eusebius, on August 17, 310, a few months after his election, on 18 April, which would have been exiled to Sicily by Maxentius. Above the beach, on the ridge, it also opens up a cave, which according to local legend, was inhabited by a witch, who devoted himself to attract sailors with her singing and then devour them. When someone gave up because of the difficulty of being lured to the entrance of the cave, the sorceress vented anger his fingers digging into the wall: this should have small holes that open up many of the rock.

MOUNT ETNA

MOUNT ETNA  Apri
Loc. PARCO DELL ETNA, CATANIA, PROVINCE OF CATANIA, ITALY - SICILIA  Navigatore
39 Km from LA FOCETTA SICULA
Altitude: 2411 mt. a.s.l.  Area Maletto, Provincia di Catania, Randazzo
The summit craters represent the junction area of the volcanic activity through which breathes the persistent vent of Etna, and in more or less regular intervals, are the site of explosive events of various types as: Strombolian obstruction phreatic activities etc. that continually change the morphology. Since ancient times the climb to the summit of the volcano has represented the most important moment of travelling inSicily. This is the meeting place for the force of nature, which is capable of destroying and at the same time creating a unique and fascinating world as that of ''Mongibello'' (Arabian name for Etna). The ascent is by jeep to 2900mt (Torre del Filosofo), for there on foot towards the summit craters (3340). After an informative visit we go down along the pyroclastic deposits of the last eruption following part of an ascarpment that borders the great depression of theBoveValleywe arrive at Rifugio Sapienza at 1900mt. TheBoveValleyis an itinerary of rare beauty, a huge depression bordered by steep walls formed like a horse shoe, open on the eastern side towards the massive volcano. It is an exquisite geological viewpoint that has always held a notable importance in the comprehension of the evolution of Etna, where through observing the emerging lava, we can reconstruct the different types of Etna volcanic levels going back thousands of years. After having arrived at the cable-car station, we go round Montagnola to begin the long sandy downward path of Rina Channel to the bottom of the valley. Then after having crossed the 1991-1993 lava flow we go upwards alongBeechCanyon. Length of excursion: about 6 hours

FONTANA DEL NETTUNO

FONTANA DEL NETTUNO  Apri
Loc. MESSINA - SICILIA  Navigatore
36 Km from LA FOCETTA SICULA
  Area Reggio Calabria, Santo Stefano in Aspromonte, Fiumedinisi
The Fountain of Neptune is a monumental fountain of the city of Messina. This is the second work carried out in the city (in 1557) by Giovanni Angelo Montorsoli, in which the author expresses creative genius with the powerful style of Michelangelo. The original position of the Neptune Fountain in front of the Palazzata was on the docks, with their backs to the sea, symbolizing the God who blesses Neptune, the richness of its sea, the city of Messina. Today, however, the Neptune fountain was moved further north, and rotated to the front of the sea, changing the symbology. In the original position, the Fountain of Neptune was perfectly aligned with the other two works by Montorsoli, the Fountain of Orion and the lantern of St. Ranieri (the lighthouse of the port).

CASTELMOLA

CASTELMOLA  Apri
Loc. CASTELMOLA ME, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
11 Km from LA FOCETTA SICULA
  Area Taormina, Giardini Naxos, Francavilla di Sicilia
From the top of its impressive rocky pedestal , Castelmola if it is suspended between the sky and the sea, a few kilometers from the beautiful Taormina and especially a few steps from the Ionian coast , which is shown in front of the viewpoint as a long ribbon of sand and rocks . We are in the province of Messina, in the land of sailors, pirates and warlords illustrious which is the Sicilian : here lies a village that over the centuries has preserved the magic of the Middle Ages. Little more than a thousand inhabitants and a genuine heart , imbued with timeless traditions : these are the ingredients that make Castelmola so welcoming , along with the soothing song of crickets and waves. The Mediterranean landscape drunken tourists of scents and colors : the salty breeze teases the stain , and makes the smells of fresh pine trees and shrubs rise up in the air. The brush strokes of fuchsia bougainvillea make the earth less harsh , and the gulls trace routes silent in the deep blue of the sky seem the sentinels of the village, hovering over the rooftops and winding little streets , the square and St. Anthony on the ruins of the castle. Castelmola has been d one of the most beautiful villages in Italy . The reason you have to find out for yourself , and each can make some assumptions : perhaps for the transparency of the sea, to the appearance of scenic cliffs , or perhaps to the picturesque labyrinth of narrow streets and stairways ? Certainly the medieval urban structure, so well preserved, with a unique charm to the small Sicilian town . At one time, to tell the truth , the village was even more impressive, with a fairy-tale entrance consists of a long staircase carved into the rock, step by step , guests Castelmola arrived at the foot of the castle , looking forward immediately the beauty of the citadel. Even today, the Municipal Auditorium , there is an exhibition of photographs showing the arched entrance with staircase, now lost : it was 1928 when the port was modified , replaced by its modern . But the most ancient testimonies resist , giving Castelmola that unique and genuine flavor . Resist certain houses, with doors and windows finished in Taormina stone , and the walls stained the color of the earth ; resistant roofs ' Sicilian ' , with the tiles on the slopes pendants, but above all resist the more points you live in the city. As the central square, with a mosaic floor made of lava stone : here is the former church of St. Anthony , which today constitutes the aforementioned Auditorium. The building, ancient , is flanked by other interesting buildings such as the Casa Sterrantino and the eighteenth-century Caffe' San Giorgio , founded by monks and is now used as an inn .

PARCO ARCHEOLOGICO DELLE EOLIE

PARCO ARCHEOLOGICO DELLE EOLIE  Apri
Loc. PARCO ARCHEOLOGICO DELLE EOLIE, VIA TEATRO GRECO, PATTI ME, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
36 Km from LA FOCETTA SICULA
  Area Patti, Fiumedinisi, Francavilla di Sicilia
Archaeological site of Tindarys, ancient greek-roman city founded by Dionysius of Syracuse in 397-6 BC as a fortress and military outpost. Occupied by the Carthaginians led by Hannibal in 264 BC, the Romans conquered ten years later, has the end of his time to a landslide first, then an earthquake around 365 AD, and finally the destruction of the Arabs in 836 AD. You can visit the greek-roman theater built with sandstone blocks from the Greeks in the third century BC, the Romans modified to adapt it to the circus games, part of the urban plan of the city, the theater propylaeum monument built by the Romans with large sandstone basilica2pietre and intended to Basilica for public meetings, or Gymnasium for conducting athletic exercises; the remains of Cyclopean walls, built by Dionysius; a tower (XVI - XVII c.), situated close to the theater. It 'also planned to visit the Antiquarium, located at the entrance of the excavations, which sets out the marble statues of characters who are judges, a head of the Emperor Augustus, a Corinthian capital, pottery from the Bronze Age, Roman lamps old Republican -imperiale, tools and many other historical artifacts found on the site.

LAGHI DI MARINELLO

LAGHI DI MARINELLO  Apri
Loc. RISERVA DEI LAGHETTI DI MARINELLO, VIA TORRE FORTUNATO, ., PATTI ME, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
40 Km from LA FOCETTA SICULA
  Area Tindari, Alcara li Fusi, Vulcano Piano
At the foot of the promontory of Tindarys is the characteristic of the lagoon Marinello lakes which together with the lakes of Ganzirri are the latest examples of brackish coastal environment in the north-eastern Sicily. The formation of the lagoon area dates back to about 100 years ago, between 1865 and 1895, due to specific tectonic processes as well as the unusual weather and sea conditions exist along this section of coast. The lagoon area is located within the Nature Reserve lakes of Marinello established in 1998 and managed by the Province of Messina. Within the reserve, which covers approximately 380 acres, there are a wide variety of environments: it goes from lacustrine to brackish coastal marine sands, the steep slopes and areas overlooking the sea. There is also a beautiful natural cave: Cave Woman House, difficult to reach because overlooking the sea, within which there are formations of stalactites, stalagmites and columns. An old legend tells that in this cave there lived a witch enchantress (as the sorceress Circe of Homer) that having attracted to if the sailors with her singing sublime liberate devouring it. If the prey escaped the sorceress vented his immense rage against the walls of the cave affossandovi, with all its force, the fingers of his hands. The name of the sorceress was Donna Villa and only a few would be able to escape!

NAXOS GARDENS

NAXOS GARDENS  Apri
Loc. LIDO DI NAXOS, VIA SCHISO, 98035 GIARDINI-NAXOS PROVINCE OF MESSINA, ITALY - SICILIA  Navigatore
14 Km from LA FOCETTA SICULA
Altitude: 6 mt. a.s.l.  Area Taormina, Castelmola, Francavilla di Sicilia

Giardini Naxos in the county of Messina is a flourishing and lively holiday resort in the close vicinity of Taormina. Giardini Naxos was discovered for tourism 30 years ago and since that time its infrastructure has been developed and thus the village attracts a large number of tourists nowadays. History of Giardini Naxos Giardini Naxos was the first Greek colony in Sicily and has its name thanks to the Ancient Greeks (Giardini = gardens, Naxos = point of origin of the first Greek settlers) standing for the fruit gardens of Naxos. A small archeologic area reminds you of those times still today. In the past people made their living from fishing, the cultivation of citrus fruits and handicrafts made from wrought iron. Today tourism has become an elementary part of life in Giardini Naxos turning the village into one of the most popular and important holiday spots and spas on the east coast and of whole Sicily.

PEPERONCINO DI CALABRIA

PEPERONCINO DI CALABRIA  Apri
Loc. REGGIO CALABRIA RC, ITALIA - CALABRIA  Navigatore
32 Km from LA FOCETTA SICULA
  Area Messina, Santo Stefano in Aspromonte, Fiumedinisi
Hot pepper is a plant (and fruit) belonging to the genus Capsicum (the same bell peppers) of the family Solanaceae. According to some, the Latin name Capsicum is derived from capsa, which means box, and owes its name to the particular shape of the fruit that resembles just a box with the seeds. Others, however, it derives from the greek meaning kapto bite, with clear reference to the spicy bite the tongue when you eat. history The hot pepper was used as food since ancient times. From the testimony of archeology we know that as early as 5500 BC was known in Mexico, present in those areas as a cultivated plant, and it was the only spice used by Indians of Chile and Mexico. In Europe, the chili pepper arrived with Christopher Columbus who brought the Americas with his second voyage in 1493. Then introduced to Europe by the Spanish, was an instant success, but the gains that Spain was expected by the market of the product (such as that of other oriental spices) were disappointing, because the chili is well acclimated to the old continent, spreading in all southern regions in Africa and Asia, and was thus adopted as a spice as well as that part of the population that could not afford to buy cinnamon, nutmeg etc. The fruit was so named because of the similarity in taste (though not in appearance) with pepper. The name by which he was known throughout the New World was chili and so it has remained. species The most common species of chili peppers are: - Capsicum annuum, which includes many common varieties, including red pepper common in Italy, cayenne pepper, and the Mexican jalapeno - Capsicum frutescens, which includes among others the tabasco - Capsicum chinense, which includes the habanero, by the Guinness Book of Records as the hottest chilli in the world - Capsicum pubescens, which includes the South American rocoto - Aji pepper, which includes the so-called bishop's hat Although few species of chili pepper commonly used in Italy, there are many kinds of cultivated plants and many methods to prepare the peppers. Green and red bell, for example, are the same plant, but the greens are immature. The piantapeperoncino Calabria The Capsicum annuum is a perennial shrub that, in terms of climate, is grown as an annual. The plants are in the form of high bush 40 to 80 cm (depending on the species) leaves with light green color. The flowers are white star-shaped with 5-6 petals with pale yellow stamens. The peppers can be grown on a balcony, and is sown to February, while the fruit can be harvested in summer and autumn. Should be used immediately after harvest so that they do not lose their property, but they can also preserve oil or powder (after being dried in the sun). spiciness The main architect of the substance spiciness is the alkaloid capsaicin (8-methyl-N-vanillyl-6-nonenamide or C18H27NO3), together with 4 other related compounds, collectively called capsaicinoids. Capsacinoide Each has a different effect in the mouth, and a change in the proportions of these substances determines the different sensations produced by different varieties, as well as to their content. Capsaicin causes pain and inflammation if consumed in excess, and can even burn your skin if in contact with high concentrations (habanero chilies, for example, are collected with gloves). It is also the main ingredient in pepper spray, used as a non-lethal weapon The hotness of the chillies is measured empirically by the Scoville scale, in degrees from 0 to 10, and quantitatively in Scoville units, based in ppm weight / weight of capsaicin and diidrocapsaicina. The sweet peppers have zero Scoville units, for example, the jalapenos are about 3,000-6,000 Scoville, while the habanero arrive at 300,000 Scoville units. The record for the highest number of Scoville units in a chili pepper was assigned by Guinness Book of Records to 'Red Savina Habanero, measuring 577,000 units. But India came the news of a chili pepper called Naga jolokia should get to 855,000 Scoville units, even though they lack independent verification. The Pure capsaicin is about 16 million units. One of the best ways to relieve the burning sensation is to drink milk, eat yogurt or any dairy product. A substance found in dairy products known as casein acts as a detergent and remove capsaicin from nerve receptors. Capsaicin dissolves very well in fats and alcohol, and also fatty foods or alcoholic beverages help to remove the sensation of pain. At high concentrations, as nell'habanero Red Savina or various extracts, the most effective way is to use ice as an anesthetic.

VALDEMONE DOP

VALDEMONE DOP  Apri
Loc. MESSINA - SICILIA  Navigatore
34 Km from LA FOCETTA SICULA
Altitude: 18 mt. a.s.l.  Area Reggio Calabria, Santo Stefano in Aspromonte, Fiumedinisi
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The name of the extra virgin olive oil Valdemone PDO is reserved for the oil produced under the conditions defined in the designated area of the province of Messina, except the area of Floresta, Moio Alcantara and Malvern. For the production of extra virgin olive oil Valdemone PDO are used jointly or separately drupes produced from the following varieties considered major: Santagatese, Ogliarola Messina, Petite, Olivo Mandanici or Calabrese, Nocellara Messina, Ottobratica, Brandofino, Verdelho and S . Benedict variously at least 70% and other cultivars, including Cerasuola, Biancolilla, Nocellara Belice, Tonda Iblea, Nocellara Etna for the remaining 30%. The harvesting operation must be carried out in the period from October until January, with a maximum production of olives per hectare must not exceed 60 quintals in traditional tems, and 100 quintals per hectare in intensive tems. The maximum yield in olive oil may not exceed 20% except Ogliarola, Messina and Santagatese that can reach 25%. Olive oil Valdemone PDO shows an appearance clear to slightly hazy, a green color with shades from yellow to yellow oil, a medium-strong fruity taste reminiscent of ripe olives, a medium sweet aftertaste, sometimes slightly bitter, with hints of fresh or dried fruit, ripe and wild herbs. The extra virgin olive oil Valdemone PDO must be marketed in containers or bottles of not more than 5 liters. The label must bear the name of the Protected Designation of Origin Mount Etna and also must always be indicated the year of production of the olives from which the oil is obtained.

VILLA ROMANA DI TERME VIGLIATORE

VILLA ROMANA DI TERME VIGLIATORE  Apri
Loc. PATTI - SICILIA  Navigatore
41 Km from LA FOCETTA SICULA
  Area Tindari, Alcara li Fusi, Vulcano Piano
The villa Castroreale - St. Blaise, now the town of Terme Vigliatore was brought to light in the fifties, is one of the most interesting examples of luxury villa suburbs. Built in the late second or early first sec.a.C. on a site inhabited since the Hellenistic Age (III-II sec.aC) underwent at least two restorations or resets the first imperial age (mid-first century AD, II century AD), as indicated by the changes especially in the field the spa. The presence of the finds of pottery and late environments built with found materials, recently surfaced with the excavations carried out in the east (near the current entrance to the archaeological site), leading to assume a continuity of use of the site until late antiquity. The residential part, in the light for a little less than half, develops, as usual, to the sides of a large peristyle of m.17 side, provided, on each side, of eight columns made of brick, covered with stucco, which today appear to be linked to low dividing walls. At the center of the south side opened the large tablinum (reception room), with a two-column table and back wall divided by niche, probably intended to hold a statue. Is remarkable in this boardroom floor in opus Sectile (hexagonal tiles marble) and mosaic, dating from around the second century AD From tablinum could directly access three private rooms, paved with mosaics in black and white. In the area west of the peristyle and spas, have been brought to light other places to stay, some of which mosaics. In the south-west, at a level a little 'higher than the residential sector, were the spa facilities, which as usual included changing rooms (apodyteria) and rooms for the cold bath (frigidarium), warm (tepidarium and caldarium) . This area, in the sec.d.C. characterized by a small bathroom, it was expanded in the second century AD, with a number of new larger and more comfortable, especially for the needs of the warm bath. The new caldarium was in fact two pools, a niche within the other rettangolatre. Some of the rooms created in the last phase, corresponding to the age of Trajan-Hadrian, we report the frigidarium with mosaic bench and black with fishing scene, opera, probably a mosaic italics.

TAORMINA

TAORMINA  Apri
Loc. TAORMINA PROVINCE OF MESSINA, ITALY - SICILIA  Navigatore
11 Km from LA FOCETTA SICULA
Altitude: 214 mt. a.s.l.  Area Castelmola, Giardini Naxos, Francavilla di Sicilia
  Brochure PDF

Spectacularly located on a terrace of Monte Tauro with views westwards to Mt Etna, Taormina is a beautiful small town, reminiscent of Capri or an Amalfi coastal resort. Over the centuries, Taormina has seduced an exhaustive line of writers and artists, aristocrats and royalty, and these days it is host to a summer arts festival that packs the town with international visitors. Perched on its eyrie, Taormina is sophisticated, chic and comfortably cushioned by some serious wealth and very far removed from the banal economic realities of other Sicilian towns. But the charm is not manufactured. The capital of Byzantine Sicily in the 9th century, Taor-mina is an almost perfectly preserved medieval town, and if you can tear yourself away from the shopping and sunbathing, it has a wealth of small but perfect tourist sites. Taormina is also a popular resort with gay men. Be warned that in July and August the town is choked with tourists and the only space left on the beach may well be next to the rubbish bins.

OLIO MONTE ETNA DOP

OLIO MONTE ETNA DOP  Apri
Loc. PROVINCIA DI CATANIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
38 Km from LA FOCETTA SICULA
Altitude: 2997 mt. a.s.l.  Area Bronte, Maletto, Randazzo
  Brochure PDF
Olive oil is the undisputed king of Mediterranean cuisine, not only for the unique flavor that gives each dish, but also for the healthy. As for wines, even the oil has its own characteristics and is tasted by professionals assagiatori that evaluate the three main aspects: the color, the taste, the flavor. The pleasant sensations oil originate from substances that are naturally present in healthy, fresh fruit, and that together comprise the basic feature of the olive oil: the fruity. When the olives are processed (mandatory within the production area located on the slopes of Etna), during the grinding and kneading above all natural substances of the fruit are divided into oil and vegetable water as a function of their partition coefficient, highly influenced by temperature. That's why a judicious use of the temperature in the extraction involves a harmonic composition of the natural substances of the oil, in particular those responsible for the organoleptic characteristics and, consequently, also of greater pleasantness of the product. The extra virgin olive oil DOP Mount Etna is the ideal condiment both raw and cooked.

PARCO DELL'ETNA

PARCO DELL'ETNA  Apri
Loc. MALETTO - SICILIA  Navigatore
38 Km from LA FOCETTA SICULA
Altitude: 2596 mt. a.s.l.  Area Bronte, Provincia di Catania, Randazzo
  Brochure PDF
Sounds, scents and colors around the big volcano The beauty of the Park of Etna is not only the grandeur of eruptions and lava flows. Around the great volcano is a unique and unparalleled, rich sounds, scents and colors. An enchanting landscape, protected by a natural park that anyone in Sicily can not fail to visit. The territory of the Etna Park, which stretches from the summit of the volcano to the upper belt of Etna villages, was divided into four zones with different degrees of protection: zone A, B, C and D.

RIACE BRONZES

RIACE BRONZES  Apri
Loc. REGGIO CALABRIA - CALABRIA  Navigatore
33 Km from LA FOCETTA SICULA
Altitude: 25 mt. a.s.l.  Area Messina, Santo Stefano in Aspromonte, Fiumedinisi

The Bronzi di Riace (Italian for Riace bronzes) are two famous full-size Greek bronzes of nude bearded warriors, about 460&430 BCE and currently housed by the Museo Nazionale della Magna Grecia in Reggio Calabria, Italy. The Riace Warriors are respectively termed A and B, where Riace Warrior A is thought to be a depiction of a younger man than that of Riace Warrior B. They were found by Stefano Mariottini, a chemist from Rome, Italy on a scuba diving vacation at Monasterace, on August 16, 1972, perhaps at the site of a shipwreck, off the coast of Riace, near Reggio Calabria. They are major additions to the surviving examples of ancient Greek sculpture (most Greek sculpture is known through later Roman copies in marble). The statues' eyes are inlaid with bone and glass, while the teeth are in silver and lips and nipples are in copper. Formerly they held spears and shields.

TEATRO ANTICO DI TAORMINA

TEATRO ANTICO DI TAORMINA  Apri
Loc. TAORMINA - SICILIA  Navigatore
10 Km from LA FOCETTA SICULA
Altitude: 219 mt. a.s.l.  Area Castelmola, Giardini Naxos, Francavilla di Sicilia
The ancient theater of Taormina is the second center of classical theater in Sicily in size after the greek theater of Syracuse. The theater Tauromenion would Hellenistic origin - on the basis of the few archaeological documents could be the third century BC but it looks totally Roman in its appearance visible today. The original structure was tied to a small shrine which still stand on the belvedere overlooking the auditorium . A first reconstruction of the building took place in the Republican age or First Empire , perhaps under Augustus , later to be expanded in the first half of the second century BC in the forms known today . The building reached the maximum diameter of 109 meters , with an orchestra with a diameter of 35 meters, with a capacity of about 10,000 spectators. In the middle and late Empire , the building was adapted to accommodate venationes (shows the fight between gladiators and wild beasts ) , turning into a genuine amphitheater : the orchestra was changed in the arena replacing the lower tiers with a vaulted corridor that connected to an underground in the center of the clearing , where the stage machinery allowed the special effects of the fight. Finally, in late antiquity , was built on the porch behind the scene . His departure is likely to be attributed with the siege of the Vandals and the consequent decay of the Empire. During the Middle Ages , the stage building and the two turris Scalae were reused in order to obtain a private palace. During the Grand Tour fame grew romantic building, a fallen monument , surrounded by lush vegetation with an unusual view of Mount Etna , this visual for anything existing at the time of its greatest extent , as covered by the stage buildings in masonry.

REGGIO CALABRIA

REGGIO CALABRIA  Apri
Loc. REGGIO CALABRIA - CALABRIA  Navigatore
31 Km from LA FOCETTA SICULA
  Area Messina, Santo Stefano in Aspromonte, Fiumedinisi
Reggio di Calabria, commonly known as Reggio Calabria or Reggio simply, in the South and before the unification of Italy, is an Italian town of 180728 inhabitants, capital of the province. It is the first town in the region in terms of population and the second surface. Unique City metropolitan rank in the region, being one of the 14 Italian metropolitan cities, the leader of an agglomeration of more than 260,000 inhabitants, is the largest functional pole of a polycentric metropolitan area has about 400,000 inhabitants and is part of the extensive and populous conurbation Sicilian and Calabrian Arc called Etna. There are strong historical, cultural and economic relations with the neighbor across the city of Messina. Reggio, along with Naples and Taranto, is home to one of the most important archaeological museums dedicated to Ancient Greece (which houses the famous Riace bronzes, rare example of Greek bronze sculpture, which became one of the symbols of the city), two young universities (the Mediterranean and Dante Alighieri) and the Regional Council of Calabria. It is the first city in the region despite its antiquity and ancient foundation - was an important and thriving colony of Magna Graecia - shows a modern urban layout, due to the catastrophic earthquake that December 28, 1908 destroyed most of the town. Its urban tem, forced to the east by the Strait of Messina and crowned from behind by the foothills of the Apennines, is one of the main economic and regional service but also one of the highest concentrations of nodes and equipment for transport and logistics natural structure the region to the southern coasts of the Mediterranean. The old town, mainly consisting of palaces lines liberty, has a linear development along the Calabrian coast of the strait with parallel streets to the waterfront dotted with magnolias, palms and rare or exotic

FICODINDIA DELL'ETNA D.O.P.

FICODINDIA DELL'ETNA D.O.P.  Apri
Loc. PARCO DELL'ETNA, VIA DEL CONVENTO, NICOLOSI CT, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
38 Km from LA FOCETTA SICULA
  Area Bronte, Provincia di Catania, Randazzo
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The Consortium for the protection of Etna Prickly Pear Dop, formed in 2003 after obtaining the prestigious Community agricultural production value of closely related to the area of production, after a brief period of inactivity, has started the last two years an intense process of working to bring together all the players in the sector ficodindicola, with particular attention to agricultural producers, real pivot of the entire supply chain. A work centered on professionalism and passion by creating a structure capable of performing with continuity and competence the functions of protection, promotion, enhancement, consumer information and general care of the interests related to the production chain of the PDO. Several initiatives have been carried out successfully, the collaboration with the University of Catania in the field of research and innovation process, achieving significant results especially in the irrigation process that will significantly lower the water and energy resources used, the collaboration with public and private entities to promote the product and its production area. The relaunch of the chain ficodindicola must pass by the initiatives on the territory and in this spirit the Consortium for the Protection of Etna Prickly Pear PDO with the collaboration of the City of Belbasso (Ct), which represents the Etna area with the highest concentration of companies ficodindicole, deemed essential to establish an annual event, with that values and promotes the Etna Prickly Pear DOP both locally and nationally. Thus was born the Festival of Etna Prickly Pear PDO, which will involve all stakeholders in the supply chain, an event that goes beyond the traditional concept of the festival of the square, whose objective is to establish a network of effective and efficient, able to generate the synergies indispensable today to compete on major domestic and foreign markets. The leadership of the Consortium Eurogrumi OP intends, therefore, also through some of the actions in this program, supporting the Consortium, providing it with the minimum requirements established by the operational and representativeness MIPAAF / DELE POLICIES DEPARTMENT COMPETITIVE WORLD RURAL AND QUALITY ', by decree departmental prot 7422 of 12/05/2010. Supporting a consortium of Protection, which will be a candidate to the ministerial recognition pursuant to art. 14 of Law 526/1999 and that it intends to distinguish itself as a body guaranteeing the quality and authenticity of the prickly pear Etna DOP, the full respect of the rules of production at all stages of production, and to generate value for the benefit of farmers and conditioners of the territory.

GROTTA DEL GELO

GROTTA DEL GELO  Apri
Loc. CONTRADA VALLEBIONDA, RANDAZZO CT, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
36 Km from LA FOCETTA SICULA
Altitude: 802 mt. a.s.l.  Area Maletto, Bronte, Provincia di Catania
The cave is a cave Frost Etna, so called because of the presence within it of eternal ice. Located at 2030 meters above sea level is located in the territory of the town of Randazzo. Its opening is conical and the early seventies escursionionisti and a destination for tourists as well as experts and scientists. Previously it was used by shepherds to water their flocks. The cave Frost is a gallery scroll, originated from the cooling of lava after an eruption began in July 1614 and lasted for over ten years. The phenomenon that leads to the creation of this type of structure is very common: the walls and the surface of the casting, in contact with the atmosphere, cool faster than the inner part of the lava. It is therefore to create a sort of channel covered made of solidified lava, inside which flows the lava flow still glowing. When the power of the casting decreases, the level of the lava flow inside is lowered more and more, leaving a hollow structure precisely defined gallery scroll. These structures are not always easy to identify, as only collapses of time can reveal its presence. In the summer the cave is easily accessible, despite being required 5 hours walk to reach it. In winter, the entrance is often hidden by the snow that covers it completely. Even in the hottest periods inside the temperature never rises above -6 C in, while the one closest to the mouth is influenced by the external atmospheric agents. It has been noted in recent years that the cave has suffered a loss of volume of ice inside. The thing is due in part to the passage in the vicinity of the 1981 eruption, but someone attributed to other phenomena. Since the nineties we constantly monitor the temperature inside the cave using computerized sensors and a number of methodological controls in place by the experts of the volcanic center of Catania.

Excursions and attractions in SICILIA close to MESSINA Castelmola Taormina Giardini Naxos: 'PARCO FLUVIALE DELL'ALCANTARA'   'RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA FIUMEDINISI E MONTE SCUDERI'   'SANTUARIO DI TINDARI'   'MOUNT ETNA'   'FONTANA DEL NETTUNO'   'CASTELMOLA'   'PARCO ARCHEOLOGICO DELLE EOLIE'   'LAGHI DI MARINELLO'   'NAXOS GARDENS'   'PEPERONCINO DI CALABRIA'   'VALDEMONE DOP'   'VILLA ROMANA DI TERME VIGLIATORE'   'TAORMINA'   'OLIO MONTE ETNA DOP'   'PARCO DELL'ETNA'   'RIACE BRONZES'   'TEATRO ANTICO DI TAORMINA'   'REGGIO CALABRIA'   'FICODINDIA DELL'ETNA D.O.P.'   'GROTTA DEL GELO'  

SICILIA


Sicily is the largest Italian Island, separated from the continent by the Strait of Messina and lapped by the Ionian, the Tyrrhenian and the Mediterranean Seas. It is one of the pearls of Southern Italy and can be discovered, understood and experienced through a series of itineraries dedicated to all tastes ranging from nature to history and tradition. Nature seems to have endowed all of its wonders to this land: mountains, hills and above all the Mediterranean Sea, with its incredible colours, its crystal-clear water and the beauty of its seabeds, in no way inferior to those of other seas. Here, the Mediterranean Sea, with its many little islands scattered around the coasts of Sicily, offers unique and intense sceneries, scents and flavours of an uncontaminated nature. Last but not least, are the great volcanoes, symbols of the irresistible exuberance of this incredibly charming region. The fascination of this region grows with the precious archeological vestiges that tell the story of the ancient origins of Trinacria (ancient name for Sicily). The provinces of the region are: Palermo (regional capital), Agrigento, Catania, Caltanissetta, Enna, Messina, Ragusa, Siracusa and Trapani.