Castiglione di Sicilia is in the northeast of Sicily in the Parco dell' Etna and makes a great base for exploring the eastern part of Sicily. The nearby villages of Etna are known for their architecture, ancient lava flows, churches, Norman castles and delicious local produce. Castiglione di Sicilia benefits from its higher altitude and has fresh cool air in the hot summer months. The natural park of Etna is ideal for bird watching, hiking, mountain climbing and caving. A visit to the volcano, Mount Etna, is a must. The area also offers scenic drives to local attractions, ruins and waterfalls.
The area on Mount Etna is popular for winter sports and skiing in the winter. Ice skating and sledging can also be enjoyed in this high area. It is possible to ski in the morning and then head to the beach for sunbathing in the afternoon! Beaches
Taormina and Giardini Naxos are the two closest beaches to your holiday home in Castiglione di Sicilia. They are about a 15 minute drive away. Golf
The Picciolo Golf Club was the first golf club to be created in Sicily and was completed in 1989. With views of the volcano and many established vineyards, oaks and hazel trees it is a very beautiful and diverse course to play.
Etna is Europe's greatest natural wonder and is Sicily's highest mountain, standing 3350 metres (10,990 feet) above sea level. It is an active volcano and in the recent past lava flows have reached the coast. The slopes are covered with trees and shrubs and it is ideal for summer hiking, especially as it is much cooler than the coastal areas due to its elevation.
Most of Sicily's wineries are on the western side of the island but they make a great day out to see the rolling hills planted with rows of vines. Grapes have been grown here since 600BC. The hearty wines produced here are often used to fortify weaker wines or to make the stronger Marsala wine which can be bought in the area.
Close to Castiglione di Sicilia is the well-known Alcantara Gorge. This scenic gorge is lined with woods. The rivers which flow through this basalt formation are always cool, making it a popular area for bathing in the summer.
Castiglione di Sicilia has a hot Mediterranean climate with mild wet winters and occasional snow. Summers are generally hot and dry. Castiglione di Sicilia is slightly cooler than the coast and benefits from the cool mountain breezes. The area receives plenty of sunshine all year round and summer highs can reach 79°F (26°C).
The nearest airport to your Castiglione di Sicilia holiday rental is Catania Airport which is 60km (38 miles) away. Visitors can also reach Sicily from the mainland by ferry. The nearest ferry port is Messian which is a 60km (38 miles) drive from Castiglione di Sicilia.