Today we want to present you another beautiful, almost unknown spot of Sicily. This time, since it’s summer and you could probably be thinking of a nice place for holidays and sea in Sicily, we will go on the coast and introduce you to the village of Santa Maria La Scala.
Santa Maria La Scala is part of the majorship of Acireale, in the Catania Province of Sicily. It is located in the natural reserve of La Timpa, which extends from the village of Santa Maria Ammalati to the village of CapoMulini. Being the last spur of a complex system of step faults, which begins from the central crater of Mt.Etna and plungs its lava in the sea, La Timpa offer beautiful scenarios of lava rocks, mediterranean vegetation which includes wild capers, prickly pears and more.
Santa Maria La Scala lies at the seaside of La Timpa, in a stunning scenario of blue sea, black lava rocks, mediterranean vegetation. This place has avoided being turned into a tourist trap, and still holds the fishermen village atmosphere that makes it real and beautiful to enjoy. Once arrived here, you can stop at the small central square, and if you’re looking for a good coffee, a great sicilian granita of superb fresh fish dishes, just enter the small restaurant in front of the church. If you’re going for a granita, our suggestion is to ask for an almond one with liquid, hot coffee.
Santa Maria La Scala is easy to reach from Acireale. If you driving, follow the coastal road to Pozzillo and turn right at the sign for Santa Maria La Scala. You can also use the public bus service which reaches the village from the Villa Belvedere in Acireale.
If you want to walk, you can enjoy the beauty of La Timpa natural reserve by walking the steps of Le Chiazzette, which was the only walk connecting Acireale and Santa Maria La Scala in the old times. From Acireale’s main square, Il Duomo, walk to the area of I Morti, cross the bridge to Le Chiazzette and start your walk in the magic scenarios of La Timpa.
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