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When we arrived we were made to feel at home with a well stocked fridge, full of the basics plus a bit more. We just had to walk out of the back gate to be on the long pebbled beach, which had a gentle slope to it, great for me, not being a strong swimmer. We were perfectly placed to explore Etna and the surrounding villages. We had a great walk round Francavilla di Sicilia, it is a well signed nature trail round the town taking in the castle, if you want to. We had to go back to Catania to do the 'Etna Tour'. Cheaper to self drive, if you have the nerve for the hairpin bends (possibly in the fog as we experienced). Taormina is well worth visiting but touristy, like Etna, best to park on the outskirts by the station for instance (if you don't mind a good walk), plenty of hairpins if you drive into the town.
There is a mini market just a short way north of the flat, well stocked and the shop keeper is very helpful, and a coffee shop that sells cakes just up the road from that. There is a petrol station even closer again.
We really enjoyed our stay and had a wonderful surprise at the end.