Our 8 day trip to Sicily. Sixth day: Gole di Alcantara and Taormina

The Gole di Alcantara is another place that was strongly recommended by our Sicilian friend Giovanni. Unfortunately we picked the wrong season to visit it, because the highlight of this park is walking in the gorge (and bathing in it during the summer time). But since it was spring, the gorge was off limits due to the heavy amount of water running in the river. Nevertheless we were able to admire its amazing rock formations, another characteristic that makes this place unique.

Gole di Alcantara

Gole di Alcantara. Top left photo courtesy of Wikimedia

Taormina was our next stop; a favorite stop for many of us. We left our minivan in the outskirts, in a designated garage, since cars are not allowed in the historical center. And that’s exactly what makes Taormina a gem: a long pedestrian avenue, between rows of traditional houses decorated with flower pots and ceramic vases.


First off, we went to see the Greek Theater. It is amazing how beautiful this site is, with its panoramic view over the sea and the surroundings. I couldn’t stop imagining how it must have been watching a performance here some hundreds of years ago, in a theater that is still very well preserved today.

And then we did the passeggiata: walking on the main street on a very slow pace, in order to give ourselves enough time to fully examine the window shops where both luxury and traditional goodies were sold, was an extremely pleasant experience (especially for the ladies of the group).

We arrived at Fiumefreddo late at night. We made a reservation at the hotel La terra dei Sogni (which means The Land of Dreams -only the name makes you want to stay here). The staff was incredibly welcoming. Too bad we were going to stay here only a few hours…


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    Sicily is such a wonderful place to visit, I wish we had stopped at Gole di Alcanatra last year. We are going back again this year, but for the first time since 1998, we are on a tour with 50 people from Middletown Connecticut to celebrate the 600th anniversary of St Sebastiano in Melilli. Melilli is the sister city of Middletown so this should be a great trip.

    I have enjoyed your blog on Italy, especially your trip to Sicily. Last year we spent three weeks there, with no advance reservations and had a ball. Can not wait to return there this April.

    Loved your book, Italy From The Inside. Even though this is our 11th trip to Italy, we learned a few new things from it.


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