Beauty with a volcanic view: Taormina
The Ionic Sea glistens below; Mount Etna greets on the horizon; and on the rock plateau of Monte Tauro, the tiers of the antique “Teatro Greco” from the 2nd century B.C. rise into the sky – at this spectacular view, even Goethe was at a loss for words. Taormina did not just enchant the German poet; other famous visitors like Oscar Wilde and Liz Taylor also fell for the unique charme of this tiny, labyrinthine mountain town in northeastern Sicily.
The small volcanic island of Lipari
Lipari is part of the Aeolian Islands, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In some places, the island’s volcanic rock formations seem to resemble sculptures, and its cultural history stretches back 7,000 years. The tiny harbours are the place to come to if you want to absorb the infectious southern Italian lifestyle.
Erice: ancient city with spectacular views
Right on arrival, visitors to Erice are rewarded with spectacular views: Like an eagle’s nest, the town is perched on top of Monte Erice and protected by massive town walls. Time seems to have stood still in the old town centre. Surrounded by churches, steeples and castles, it is almost like having been taken back to medieval times – if it was not for the little cafés with their delicious almond pastries.
Art as far as the eye can see: San Sperate
In 1966, the people of San Sperate decided to do away with white: Under the aegis of local artist Pinuccio Sciola, the residents began to decorate their houses with paintings. Today, the former farming village is transformed into a colourful and creative open-air art gallery, its streets and squares adorned with sculptures, poems, sound stones and installations.