THE SICILIAN VOLCANO AS A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE
Etna and its surroundings
a journey of pure splendour
from the summit of Mount Etna to the sea of the Aeolian Islands
Mount Etna is a place loaded with energy. It’s the largest active volcano in Europe , UNESCO World Heritage; its special position offers the possibility of enjoying both mountain and hill sights as well as a magnificent view of the Ionian Sea.
Exploring Etna, is the ideal trek in the middle of a magic, seducing, mysterious landscape, able to arouse sensations: you can reach up 300mts altitude and be amazed by the sight of the sea below, you can also go skiing in winter. During your stay at Monaci, we suggest that you take some time to explore the artistic treasures of Eastern Sicily together with its breathtaking naturalistic sceneries. Sicily has always been a melting pot of peoples and cultures, you’ll be mesmerized by its beauty.
The Volcano Etna
a UNESCO site since 2013
A fully-fledged world heritage, Etna is famous for its scientific relevance together with its cultural interest.
Its high craters , its cinder cones, the lava caves, the depression of the Bove Valley, its frequent eruptions both from the central crater and from side cracks, they all fascinate and attract scientists and tourists from all over the world.
Monaci, the journey begins!
ETNA WINE ROADS
wine tour at the foot of the volcano
The “strada del vino dell’Etna” is an association which promotes the discovery of Etna through its vineyard and wine path.
Etna is a rich generous land; the activity of the volcano provides its fruits with a unique swing. The Association embraces the best wine cellars and wineries of the territory, and offers travelers unforgettable experiences along the wine path. Monaci is a proud member of this Association.
the Duomo “Saint Agatha”, the “Pescheria” (fish market)
If you happen to go to Catania, don’t forget to visit "la Pescheria", the traditional fish market, next to the Duomo square with its white Obelisk on top of the Elephant, symbol of the city of Catania, which stands out against the city cathedral Saint Agatha.
Ten minute walk from the Duomo, you’ll discover the Monastery of Saint Nicolò l’Arena , a late Sicilian baroque jewel and one of the largest Benedictine monasteries in Europe.
water and lava, unique rocky paths
Its formation goes back to 300.000years ago. The river has patiently carved the magma from within, this last one has gradually got cold and has originated deep irregular cracks.
A breathtaking natural landscape to be enjoy by going hiking or body rafting.
the seven sisters nestled in the blue
The seven sisters seduce! Visit them all, if you can: Lipari, Salina, Panarea, Stromboli, Vulcano, Alicudi e Filicudi. Each sister has its own peculiar characteristics; they all share the same wonderful sea!
From Monaci ‘s Elipad you can reach them by private helicopter.
sicilian culture and nature
the Greek theatre and Isola Bella
Between the majestic volcano and a breathtaking coastline, Taormina is one the world’s wonders.
Before visiting the Greek Theatre, stop at Isola Bella and enjoy its sea and sun. At sunset have a drink in one of the fantastic hotel terraces which overlook the sea.
SIRACUSA, NOTO, MARZAMEMI
the sicilian baroque, the sea, the colours of the sun
Siracusa is a jewel from the past, In its archeological area you can admire Archimedes’ tomb and the Greek Theatre where classic tragedies and comedies are still nowadays staged by the INDA (National Institute for Ancient Drama).
The Isle of Ortigia is the oldest part of the town, its precious core. You can get to Ortigia by crossing the Umbertino Bridge. Then keep walking till the Aretusa Spring a natural freshwater spring a few steps from the sea.
World’ heritage, Noto has the richest baroque citycentre in the world. You can’t miss its “Infiorata” , an amazing event which takes place on the third Sunday of May.
Marzamemi is a typical sea village not far from Noto. A fairytale village built with yellow stone little houses around two natural harbours.
over 3000 square metres of mosaics
belonging to the Roman Imperial Age
La Villa del Casale, in Piazza Armerina, offers one the most preciuos displays of Roman mosaics in the world. The room with female figures playing ball games wearing an “ante litteram” bikini is worldwide known.