The Ionian coast offers stunning sea views, luscious vegetation, hill-top villages, natural woodlands, spectacular gorges and numerous old towns. Above it all looms the smoking, rumbling specter ofaMount Etna. To the north isaMessina, the first port of call for travelers to Sicily. Down the coast are pleasant beachside resorts peppered with Norman churches and castles. Off the coast, aSavocaaandaForza d'Agoraaare worth making the foray inland to the woods and craggy uplands. TheaAlcantara Valleyaand its spectacular gorge, as well as the heights ofaCastiglione di Sicilia, are worth another inland expedition southwest of the area's most illustrious resort, aTaormina. Highlights of the Ionian Coast: Sipping a granita in the Godfather town of Savoca; The view of Mt Etna from Taormina's Greek theater; Plunging into the Alcantara Valley gorge; Snorkeling at Isola Bella.a A great new resource. --Travel + Leisure. The perfect companion for planning. --Rutgers Magazine.a These useful travel guides are highly recommended. --Library Journal. There aren't many places in the world you can ski and then hit the beach afterwards for a refreshing dip; see Greek, Roman, Etruscan, medieval and Arabic architecture all in the same town; and meet some of the friendliest people in the world. The richness in culture is demonstrated in the theater, cinema and art found everywhere. The coastal towns, the Mafia, the wines and foods, the astonishing history - all are explored in this guidebook. Full color throughout. This is excerpted from our full guide to Sicily.q094-262-6088) in Taormina has half-day excursions on Monday to Savoca and Forza da#39;Agora (an26). Most people tend to congregate around Bar Il Vitello at the entrance to the town where scenes for Francis Ford Coppolaa#39;s The ... The owner, Maria Da#39;Arrigo, is almost as famous as the film, an elderley signora close to 80 years old who still serves behind the bar. The bar interior is pure vintage with an array of old objects, including sewing machines and beaded curtains, along with anbsp;...
|Title||:||Sicily's North Ionian Coast|
|Publisher||:||Hunter Publishing, Inc - 2011-02-05|