Italy: Exploring the East Coast of Legendary Sicily

Italy: Exploring the East Coast of Legendary Sicily

Sicily is a great place to visit if you are going on holiday. The Mediterranean island has incredible beaches, historical sites, and a stunning countryside. If you only have a week or two it is best to explore either the East or the West. Here is a guide to discovering the magical eastern half of Sicily. A great place to start is to get a holiday rental in Taormina that you can easily find through local resources and go on excursions from your beautiful villa.

Eastern Scilly

Eastern Scily

Begin your stay in Taormina, a tourist destination with lots of lovely piazzas and incredible views of the sea. This is a great place to get out and stretch your legs and to enjoy a nice granita in the hot sun. There is also a Greek amphitheater that is the second largest in Sicily. In the summer months you can even catch a live concert in the same seats filled by people since the 3rd century AD. From here make your way to see Mt. Etna, a still active and ancient volcano that is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a beautiful area with incredible views of the volcano. If you make it during an eruption you will have an amazing experience. Another place within reach from Taormina is Aci Trezza. This is a beautiful spot to escape the tourist crowds. The quiet seaside town near Catania has beautiful rock formations along the ocean making it a great place to relax and swim. A must-see in Eastern Sicily is Syracusa, an ancient city with incredible architecture from ancient Greek ruins to baroque styled buildings. Once a powerful city state, there is plenty to see around the town if you simply explore. If you have time for a longer excursion be sure to see the Aeolian Islands. These small beautiful islands have incredible architecture and black sand beaches. Each island has its own personality making them great for a day trip or two hopping from island to island.
• Written in conjunction with Mary Johnson

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  1. Couch Potato Explorer (Scout Dawson)
    July 22, 2016 / 8:40 am

    Looks lovely. Would love to go there one day!

    • July 23, 2016 / 1:22 pm

      Such a gorgeous island. Hopefully one day you will get to visit!

  2. July 22, 2016 / 8:10 am

    Love the pix! Great info! Thanks!

    • July 23, 2016 / 1:22 pm

      Such a beautiful island. I hope you get the opportunity to visit one day, if you haven’t already.

      • July 23, 2016 / 5:44 pm

        Nope! 1 of the places I haven’t yet! & definitely hope to one day! ?

  3. abitofculture
    July 22, 2016 / 1:28 pm

    I’ve done west Sicily a few times and loved it. The East is at the top of my travel wish list so thanks for your info and the reminder – one day!

    • July 23, 2016 / 1:23 pm

      It’s such a beautiful island. Hope you get to the East of it one day.

  4. March 15, 2017 / 1:53 pm

    I have just got back from a mystical week in Aci Trezza! Thnks for sharing. I was doing a homestay and had italian lessons in the mornings. I loved running along the coast between Aci Castello and Aci Trezza. I have just started a poetry blog here on WordPress in case you have time to look? Some of my recent poems have been about Sicily. Have a good afternoon, Sam 🙂

    • March 15, 2017 / 8:32 pm

      Thanks for your comment Sam. That sounds absolutely amazing! Hope you enjoyed a lot of homemade Italian food too? Heading over to your blog now. Safe travels 🙂

      • March 16, 2017 / 5:46 am

        Yes absolutely did! Have never eaten so many delicious desserts in one week! 🙂