Siracusa is strategically positioned about one hour from Catania, ideal as a base to visit the south-east of the island. It has that wonderful blend of history, seafront promenades, alleys brimming with baroque buildings interlacing crumbling decadence with tasteful re-birth.
The beach “Pineta of Gelsomineto” is situated just 2 km from Fontane Bianche and 5 km from Avola in the Municipility of Avola. It is one of the most beautiful beaches on the south east coast Sicily. A yet unspoiled hidden gem with a clean crystalline sea and fine white sand, it is so called because a species of jasmine grows amongst the Pine Forest that is located directly on the edge of the beach.
Behind the more well-known beaches of Cefalù, stands the imposing mountain chain of the Madonie with some of the highest peaks in Sicily, after Mount Etna. Snow tipped between December and February it even offers a small ski resort on Pizzo Carbonara and Piano Battaglia 1,979 metres high.
The seven Aeolian Islands are of volcanic formation and they rise from the Tyrrhenian sea. Their history dates back thousands of years and is rich with mythological legends. Vulcano, Lipari and Salina are the largest islands. Filicudi and Alicudi are the smallest ones with Panarea.