Moving from Catania towards the north we can admire traditional sicilian lemon trees, agaves and palms. At some point, approximately in 9 km from Catania, you will see the rocks emerging from the sea as if they were thrown by a giant, and the Norman castle situated on a spur rock. The rocks of volcanic origin are about 70 metres high and are called Cliffs of Cyclops. The coast was named after them the Riviera (coast) of the Cyclops.
In the western part of Sicily on the top of the mountain in the clouds, at an altitude of 750 meters above sea level the charming castle soars.
According to legend, Eryx (Erice), son of the goddess of love and fertility Venus, built on top of the mountain majestic temple in honor of his mother, and thus founded the city, which was named after him.
In the XII century the castle surrounded by high walls was built on the place of the temple. Nowadays, the castle is owned by municipality of Erice and it is the venue for wedding ceremonies by the sea.
Sicily (it. Sicilia) is a beautiful and intriguing island in the Mediterranean Sea, that has preserved its pristine beauty.
There are amazing sandy beaches, numerous bays and gulfs, majestic mountains and freakish rocks, citrus gardens and olive groves.
Sicily is a land with rich history and culture, with numerous churches and temples, castles and palaces, theaters and museums.
Taormina is a famous Sicilian resort located on the Mount Tauro. It offers stunning views of the sea and the Mount Etna. Taormina abounds with palm and cypress avenues, citrus groves, gardens with numerous flowers. For many centuries its beauty and its desire seduces writers, artists, aristocrats and ordinary travelers. Since the XIX century the city got glory of the elite resort. It is the owner of the international summer festival of arts on which crowds of fans come from around the world. The city is rich in ancient monuments, historic villas and palaces. One of these is the Palazzo Duchi , which hosts civil wedding in Taormina. The Palace was built in the 14th century and it is one of the masterpieces of Sicilian Gothic art, which merged the features of Arabic and Norman architectural styles. In front of the palace a beautiful garden is located, with its historical well in the center for collecting rainwater.
Palermo is located on the northern coast of Sicily . It was founded by the Phoenicians in the 8th century BC , and since 1446 it is the administrative center of the homonymous province and the region of Sicily . Thanks to the rule of foreigners , the capital acquired a special unique look . Especially the era of Arab rule is reflected. It was a period of prosperity of the island and it left a lot of architectural masterpieces. Palermo, with Rome , Venice and Florence, is recognized as a city of art. But Palermo is not only historic site, it is also modern broad avenues , chic boutiques, beautiful villas and mansions , beautiful parks and, of course , delicious cuisine.