A little less than 20 kilometers away, the ‘Pearl of the Ionic’ drops into the sea creating a dreamlike landscape, composed of green hills, a thousand year old culture, tradition and elite tourism. Walking its streets, full of restaurants, elegant boutiques andartisan shops is no less exciting than attending shows at the Greek Theater, entering the Duomo of San Nicola or admiring the sunset from the terrace overlooking the Gulf from Piazza IX Aprile. Pure magic.
The atmosphere that surrounds the slops of the largest active volcano in Europe reminds one of themoon even though moments before you are walking through its crater, you pass through woods,vineyards and Mediterranean shrubs. This spectacular natural paradise hosts modern ski facilities during the winter that are a real treat for ski enthusiasts with their ocean views. The park is an hour away from Roccalumera by car.
Catania and Siracusa
Travelling south along the coast, you’ll arrive in Catania, one of the largest and most vital cities in Sicily with its marvelous Norman cathedral, a perfect example of Baroque architecture that typifies the historic center. 50 minutes from Catania, the fascinating Syracuse welcomes you with a splendid Greek theater, the Roman Amphitheater and the Ear of Dionysius, the unique artificial grotto that is the summer home of cultural shows and events.
Riviera Marina at The Island of Cyclops
Less than an hour from Roccalumera, all divers will love the 35 hectares of seabed of the Cyclops Sea, a maritime area between Acitrezza and Acicastello. A world submerged between the rich colors of rare vegetable species and infinite types of fish. A day dedicated to nature and the unquestionable charm of Greek mythology.
Visitors to Sicily have the pleasure of visiting the Alcantara river basin. Inside the botanical and geological park – with more than one hundred hectares of orange and olive trees – you can admire the pools, lakes and waterfalls that wind through the enchanting pathway amongst the rocks. The park offers free parking, picnic areas, bars and restaurants.
Messina and Catania are two of the most important Sicilian cities, commercial and industrial centers essential for the economic life of the region. Bothuniversity campuses house internationalconferences, seminars and cultural events. The Main Palace Hotel is near the exit for the main road to Catania (65 km) and Messina (35 km).
Savoca borders the following municipalities: Casalvecchio Siculo, Forza d’Agrò, Furci Siculo, Sant’Alessio Siculo, Santa Teresa di Riva.
The town, together with Forza d’Agrò, was the location for the scenes set in Corleone of Francis Ford Coppola‘s The Godfather. Bar Vitelli in Savoca, which is still a functioning establishment, was featured in the motion picture as the place where Michael Corleone asked Apollonia’s father to meet his daughter.