Castelmola is an interesting and picturesque settlement, where a certain rugged authenticity mixes with tourist-oriented craft shops. Signs lead you uphill to the thirteenth-century Castello, which is dramatically situated to command the hills and valleys. The little streets and alleys are worth exploring before you make your way back down to Taormina.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Castelmola a jewel

Perched above Taormina lies one of Sicily’s most beautiful villages, Castelmola a jewel positioned atop a mountain and dominating the landscape below. Offfering one of Europe’s most spectacular views over the ancient Greek Theatre of Taormina, the bay of Giardini Naxos and Mount Etna which can often be seen erupting and providing an incomparable backdrop for this unique and charmed village.

Located in the Province of Messina about 170kms from Palermo and 40kms from Messina. On a clear day one can see the vibrant city of Catania and the ancient city of Siracusa on the Ionian Coast. Dating from the Bronze age, the Greeks colonised the village developing the links to Taormina, the fortress and the Madonna della Rocca.

The main Piazza leads into narrow winding streets filled with hidden treasures, including the famous Bar Turrisi made famous by its traditional foods and Almond Wine and for its fabulous views over the Bay of Giardini and Taormina. The village is protected by Saint George and feasted on the 23rd of April annully.

Castelmola borders the following municipalities: Gaggi, Letojanni, Mongiuffi Melia, Taormina.

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