The house-resort “Salto del Corvo”, located up the hill of Mascali, (about 600 mt about sea level), hamlet Puntalazzo, is 10 min by car from the sea, 20 from Taormina, along the road that leads to Mount Etna. The cottage is an old rural building with a millstone inside restructured using materials like chestnut-wood, lava stone, a floor done in terracotta, characteristic of the rural building industry.Period furniture is typically of Sicilian style.
The house consists of two big rooms, the first one, provided with air conditioned, where the millstone was once located, is now the night area with 1 double-bed, 2 small double-bads, the second one is the kitchen with a fireplace, sofas and a typical wood-burning oven.The terrace with a panoramic view overlooks the coast, from Riposto to Giardini Naxos and Taormina and during the most sunny days you can perfectly see the coast of Calabria.
There are grapevines, olive-trees, fruit-trees of wich, during the year, you can taste the genuine products.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom|
|Nearest beach||Marina di Cottone 8 km|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Aeroporto Fontanarossa di Catania 40 km, Nearest railway: Giarre 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Please contact the owner|
|Luxuries||Fireplace, Internet access, Sea view|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer|
|Furniture||Double Beds (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Secure parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
A predominantly mountainous island, Sicily is separated from the mainland by the Straits of Messina. Culturally there is an even wider gap between Italy and its semiautonomous island, Sicily, which feels a world apart.
This is a land of tempestuous elements, including active volcanoes and torrential rivers that can flood during the winter rainy season and dry up in the scorching summer months.
While northern Sicily enjoys a milder clime, southern Sicily is often profoundly affected by the hot winds known as sirocco blowing in from the deserts of North Africa.Sicily lies at the confluence of a trio of seas -- in fact, the Greeks call it Sikelia, or "three points." The northern coast opens onto the Tyrrhenian Sea, the eastern coast (Catania and Taormina) onto the Ionian Sea, and the southern coast onto the Sicilian Sea.Sicily also controls a string of offshore islands, including Ustica, off the coast of Palermo; the Aeolians (mainly Stromboli, Vulcano, and Lipari); and the Egadis, lying off the cities of Marsala and Trapani on the west coast. Lonely Pantelleria lies off the western coast, and the southernmost Pelagians are almost in North Africa. Here's a rundown of the cities and regions covered in this guide.
From the mud baths of Vulcano to the fiery explosions from the crater on Stromboli, the Aeolian Islands (Isole Eolie) are mysterious and exciting places to be, different from anything else in Italy. Awash in the Tyrrhenian Sea, these islands lie off the northern coast and are within easy reach of the port of Milazzo by hydrofoil or ferryboat. The three main islands to visit are Vulcano (closest to the Sicilian mainland), Lipari (where most of the tourist facilities are found), and Stromboli (still actively volcanic). Those travelers with unlimited time can also make day trips to such lesser islands as Panarea, Filicudi, Salina, and Alicudi.
Located on the southern coastline of Sicily, Agrigento was one of the most important centers of Magna Graecia, and its Valle dei Templi (Valley of the Temples), a mammoth array of temple ruins, is reason enough to go to Sicily. The home of the 5th-century philosopher Empedocles and of the playwright Luigi Pirandello, Agrigento was destroyed by Carthage in 406 B.C. But those invading armies left plenty of ruins for us to explore today. The town's Doric temples date from the 6th century to the 5th century B.C. and were erected to such deities as Hercules, Juno, and Jupiter.
The second city of Sicily opens onto the Gulf of Catania, lying at the foot of the southern slopes of Mount Etna, a volcano that has rained lava down on it for centuries. One of the oldest cities of Sicily, it dates from the 8th century B.C. Massively rebuilt after destruction by an earthquake in 1693, Catania today is called the "baroque city." You'll either love this massive sprawl or hate it. We love it, as did such hometown boys as the composer Vincenzo Bellini (1801-35).
This is Sicily's greatest natural attraction and its highest mountain, and it's also the largest volcano in Europe and one of the most active in the world. The ancient Greeks viewed it as the home of Vulcan, god of fire, and home of the Cyclops, the one-eyed monster. Much of its surrounding landscape is covered with solidified lava, a surface for skiing in winter and hiking in summer. The crater is dangerously active, so you always feel a sense of adventure, or even danger, while touring or hiking in the area.
This is not a piazza (square) but an actual town, and a spectacularly sited one as well, lying inland in central Sicily. It is visited mainly by those who want to see the famous Roman hunting lodge from the 4th century B.C. The mosaics found here are among the most spectacular in the world; they even include some bathing beauties in bikinis.
Set on the southern slope of the Iblei mountain range, Ragusa lies inland from the sea and is one of the most intriguing cities in the southeastern sector of the island. It's actually two cities in one, Ragusa Ibla and Ragusa Superiore. Of medieval origin, with narrow twisting lanes, the old city, which suffered a major earthquake in 1693, retained much of its appearance when it was rebuilt.
Called Siracusa in Italian, this historic city, founded by the Greeks in the 8th century B.C., lies on the southeastern coast of the island. After Taormina and Palermo, it is the third-most-visited city in Sicily. Filled with medieval streets, but with an essentially baroque aura in architecture, its main draws are its classical ruins and works of art. These include a Greek theater and a Roman amphitheater, both from the 3rd century B.C.
Sicily's grandest resort, first publicized by Goethe in 1787, has over time drawn a steady stream of celebrities, ranging from Oscar Wilde to Marlene Dietrich. Situated atop Monte Tauro, Taormina is not on the beach, but good sandy strips are easily reached along its eastern flanks. In spite of the hordes who descend on it every year from April to October, Taormina retains some of its medieval aura.
Mascali,puntalazzo,S.Alfio are up the hill of Mount Etna.Taormina and its "movida", Mount Etna and its nature trails. The famous Chestnut tree of 100 Horses in S.Alfio.
The sicilian baroque of Catania,Noto,Modica,Acireale.Teatro Bellini di Catania.Festival di Taormina.