Photogallery: Italy, Sicily – Mediterranean Beauty Below Etna
Italy, Sicily – Mediterranean Beauty Below Etna
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If the winter is long for you and you are looking forward to the heat, we will definitely please you today! We will take you to the largest island in the Mediterranean, situated in the south of Italy. You probably already know that the island is Sicily. Located below the highest volcano in Europe, it offers breathtaking natural scenery, a rich history, a mafia past, unique Sicilian folklore and culture. Take with us to Palermo, Catania, the seaside town of San Vito Lo Capo, medieval Erice and climb Monte Cofano or the legendary Mount Etna.
Text: Oskár Mažgút
Photos: Veronika Schubertová, Kateřina Janovská, Martina Kotorová
Are you planning a vacation and don't just want to roll on the beach? How about a little adventure on volcanic islands? Panarea and Stromboli belong with other islands under the Aeolian Islands. They are also known as the Aeolian Islands and are located in the Tyrrhenian Sea. It is located on the northern coast of Sicily in the active volcanic zone between Mount Vesuvius and Mount Etna. These are actually the tops of volcanoes protruding above sea level. They are part of the Italian province of Messina, which belongs to the Autonomous Community of Sicily.
There are up to twenty thousand ghost towns all over Italy, yes, it's an incredible number. It is due to frequent earthquakes and landslides, and thus unsatisfactory conditions for agriculture and life. Today we will visit the most famous depopulated cities and learn about their past and present.
Cefalu, a home to 14 thousand, is located in the beautiful locality on Sicily's northern coast. The town is adorned by a small, cozy fishing harbor. It small historic center features narrow streets with a huge Norman cathedral in them. Close to the center, there is a sand beach.
Palermo, Catania, and Messina, these are Sicily's largest cities.
Italy is a popular holiday destination and the south - Sicily is a fascinating mixture of cultures that deserves to be known.
The second largest town on Sicily is situated on the slopes of Europe’s highest active volcano, Mount Etna. You can get to Sicily by plane easily. Count with a transfer in Rome or Naples. Perhaps you will be lucky and find a cheap direct flight. Buses ride from the airport to the city center. However, mind that locals don’t know much English. Therefore, take a dictionary with you. And be careful when arriving at night. In the district next to the city center there are high rates of criminality. They will warn you about this at your hotel.
The capital of the autonomous region of Sicily and Italia's fifth largest city- Palermo is situated in the north of the island. Everyone who likes history, architecture, and great cuisine would love it here. The city was founded in the 8th century BCE. Its strategic location made in an important trade and political center. For hundreds of years the city was under the rule of the Arabs and you can still notice their influence on city's architecture, or even cuisine today.
San Vito Lo Capo is located on a narrow promontory of the northwestern part of the island. And for many people, it meets all the conditions for a great day. It is located about 55 km from Palermo and is adjacent to the Zingaro Nature Reserve. This place offers beautiful white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and magnificent views of the Monte Monaco mountains.
From continental Italy, we will head to Sicily, a lively and noisy island, where you can hear the salesmen in the markets screaming that their tomatoes are the best ones. On the streets you will hear the locals loudly talking about everything. Even if you have some basics in Italian, it is possible that you often do not understand the local because Sicily speaks with its own dialect.
After the first day in Sicily, we decided to exchange walks through the city for a day of climbing a hill overlooking. Since we were moving near Monte Cofano, which is located in the reserve Riserva Naturale Orientata Monte Cofano, we were quite clear.
Near the southern coast of the island is a sleepy town with beautiful streets.
Sicily is the largest Mediterranean island, with an area of 25,426 km² occupying 8.4% of Italy. It is about 3 times smaller than the Czech Republic. The way here is very easy. Probably every second airline flies here.
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