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1. Posted by rolandsf (Budding Member 2 posts) 43w Star this if you like it!

We will be traveling to Sicily in high season next summer for five days. Will probably stay in the Catania area. What interests us are beautiful villages, architecture, and landscapes. (Photography is our thing.) In your opinion, what are the must-see places within a two-hour drive? We're thinking it would be best to limit our excursions to one side of the island so as not to spread ourselves too thin. We won't be spending much time at the beach. Recommendations?

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2317 posts) 43w Star this if you like it!

" In your opinion, what are the must-see places within a two-hour drive? "

I lived in this area when I was a kid in the military. But that was a heck of a long time ago because I am retired now. Assuming a 2 hour ride out of the city - maybe Mt. Etna.

https://www.travellerspoint.com/guide/Sicily/
https://www.travellerspoint.com/guide/Catania/
https://www.travellerspoint.com/guide/Mount_Etna/

Look over some of the information in the above links and do some research for what YOU like to see.

3. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 1037 posts) 43w Star this if you like it!

Quoting karazyal

I lived in this area when I was a kid in the military. But that was a heck of a long time ago because I am retired now.

They have running water and electricity now

4. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2317 posts) 43w Star this if you like it!

"They have running water and electricity now..."

Amazing! Maybe even Commodore 64 computers today!!

Hey, back then when I was there they even had sheep on some of the back roads and a few donkey carts!! But I was still a kid and my life was mostly work, partying with friends in my free time and chasing ladies! I was in Palermo later on in the eighties and discovered they even had color TV! Simply amazing! This posting to Sicily set me up for a lifelong interest in travel and history.

I did travel around the island a little bit. Bunch of us would rent a car and head out to Syracusa, Taormina, Grand Prix, Enna and of course prowled around Catania. Got to fly to a few other countries nearby practically for free.

I even ended up with a secondary in history years later when I found time to go back to school. But I do miss the carefree "young and dumb" years!

5. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 1037 posts) 43w Star this if you like it!

Quoting karazyal

But I do miss the carefree "young and dumb" years!

Yes, with hindsight 'Carefree young and dumb' was much better than it's ever been given credit for....

[ Edit: Edited on 21-Dec-2018, at 06:21 by Andrew Mack ]

6. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2317 posts) 42w Star this if you like it!

Catania area just recently. (Mt. Etna.)

https://phys.org/news/2018-12-sicilian-airport-reopens-mount-etna.html


Buon Natale - Buon Anno!

7. Posted by zzlangerhans (Respected Member 66 posts) 42w Star this if you like it!

The main places within 2 hours drive of Catania are Siracusa, Aci Castello, Taormina, Etna, Caltagirone, and Piazza Armerina. Catania itself is very underrated. Five days is a short time, but you can spend one full day in Catania (don't miss the markets), a two day trip to Taormina and Etna (Aci Castello is on the way), and an overnight trip to Siracusa. Alternatively you can go inland to see the Roman mosaics at Piazza Armerina and the amazing staircase at Caltagirone.

I have blogged extensively on Sicily here. The Catania entry is https://zzlangerhans.travellerspoint.com/475/ and there are also entries on Taormina, Siracusa, and the interior.

8. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1188 posts) 42w Star this if you like it!

Even though you plan to visit Sicily next summer, you should be aware of recent events with Mt. Etna: https://news.sky.com/story/ten-injured-in-sicily-as-mount-etna-eruption-triggers-earthquake-11591457

9. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 359 posts) 38w Star this if you like it!

San Pier Niceto, west of Messina, is a nice town/commune/village in the hills. The drive there is stunning as well. There are so many hill towns in that area and if you are adventurous enough you will find a place that surpasses you expectations - and you may have it all to yourselves! Find your own magical location - you cannot go wrong.