Posts Tagged ‘villages’

Santa Maria La Scala, Sicily

Posted on June 17th, 2010, by mizzica

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_ScalaSanta Maria La Scala

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.

La_Timpa_Chiazzette Le Chiazzette

For more informations on Santa Maria La Scala, visit:

Wikipedia (IT)

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Villages – Savoca

Posted on April 22nd, 2010, by mizzica

Savoca is a small village (around 1.600 inhabitants) located in the Peloritani mountains, in the province of Messina (Sicily). It is part of the Valle d’Agro, which includes villages in the area of the river Agrò.

It is included in the list of the Most Beautiful Villages of Italy and it really deserves to be so. In fact, Savoca is a beautiful, small villages that still holds a traditional and quiet atmosphere: its baroque and medieval architecture is perfectly preserved, and you can spend hours just walking through the village or simply looking at the sea from the central square and its small boulevard.

In the middle of the village, you can find a small bar called “Bar Vitelli”. Just look at it, enter, order a cooffee and you will realize it: this has been the set for part of Francis Ford Coppola’s “Godfather” movie. Everything in the bar is still the same as it was when Al Pacino asked a local woman to marry him. Have a coffee and relax. Savoca is still as true as it was years and years ago.

Savoca, Sicily

Savoca, Sicily

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