Via Giuseppe Anselmi 27, Nicolosi (95030) - CT
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Tourist Information

Nearby a lot of Attraction Points

We are in a lovely valley in Nicolosi downtown, not so far from Vittorio Emanuele square.

Il Portico di Lava is between the seaside and the mountain (just 20 minutes from the ski station).

From our B&B you can reach by feet pubs, Sicilian restaurant, pizzerie; otherwise ATM, supermarket, pharmacies and an info point.

Find the best things to do and places to see with ours top 10 tourist attractions, but remember that the only limit is your imagination...

  • Pineta di Nicolosi
  • Monti Rossi Adventure Park
  • Etna Park
  • Etna Museum
  • Etnaland (Acquapark e Themepark)
  • Off-road Tour
  • Mountain Bike
  • Horse ride
  • Trekking
  • Snowboarding and Skiing

Etna's history

Mount Etna is an active volcano on the east coast of Sicily, Italy, in the Metropolitan City of Catania, between the cities of Messina and Catania, also called Mongibello.

Mount Etna has a main crater (with three mouths: la Voragine, la Bocca and la Bocca Nuova) and other two NE and SE. On the western side of the volcano, there’re three important valleys: Valle del Bove, Valle del Leone, Val Calanna.

Due to its history of recent activity and nearby population, Mount Etna has been designated a Decade Volcano by the United Nations. In June 2013, it was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Volcanic activity first took place at Etna about 500,000 years ago, with eruptions occurring beneath the sea off the ancient coastline of Sicily. Eruptions at this time built up the first major volcanic edifice, forming a stratovolcano in alternating explosive and effusive eruptions. From 693 BC to 150 Mount Etna erupted 16 times, 40 times from 1500 to 1800, 50 times until XX century.

Etna’s most destructive eruption since 122 BC started on 11 March 1669 and produced lava flows that destroyed at least 10 villages on its southern flank before reaching the city walls of the town of Catania five weeks later, on 15 April. This eruption created Monti Rossi and Nicolosi.

About Nicolosi

Nicolosi took its name from the San Nicolò l’Arena Monastery because the city grew up all around it. Located on the southern part of Mount Etna, Nicolosi  also called “Gateway to Etna” thanks to its strategic position.

Thanks to the warm weather, Nicolosi is a lovely touristic destination, perfect to who is looking for an unique atmosphere.

Since 1700 Nicolosi hosted the European Elite of intellectuals, writers, scientists as Giovanni Verga, Queen Eleonora d’Angiò, Johann Hermann von Riedesel and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

Nicolosi has 7500 residents, and is considered the first step to the excursion of the Mount Etna; you can practice skiing and other sports. From Nicolosi you can easily reach other touristic locations: Catania and Acireale are 15 km distant, Taormina (45 km), Siracusa ( 78km) and Piazza Armerina ( 83Km).

Nicolosi offers an ancient artistic and cultural heritage, especially religious. Do not miss the San Nicolò l’Arena Monastery, built at Frederick II of Aragon’s behest, it was the most important part of the city.

There is also a Volcano Museum, particularly focused on Etna (Museo Vulcanologico), bears witness to the close link between Nicolosi and its volcano; the Museum of the agricultural culture.

Out of the city center, there are Monti Rossi, several volcanic cones from the eruption of 1669, now covered in pinewoods. Monti Rossi is the perfect place for riding mountain bike, riding a horse and of course trekking; Here there are also Etna Adventure Park.

In spring and in summer from the touristic station Nicolosi nord, a lot of excursions are organized (especially to the main crater of Etna). Also the weather is perfect for trekking in Etna Park, a place where admire great landscapes.

Nicolosi North is great for skiing in winter, perfect for activities like: snowboard, skiing and trekking on the snow… At 2000 meters above the sea level there are several services like: skiing school, ski/snowboard renting and a ski lift.

Etna Park is beautiful not only for its eruptions and for its lava flows, but also for the unique environment surrounding it, rich in sounds, perfumes, and colors. An enchanting landscape protected by a park you cannot miss the opportunity to visit if you are in Sicily. Here you can taste a lot of local products, in fact in Sicily food is a “media” to bond visitors to local population. In the Catania area there’re several food festivals in every period of the year. The most important food local products are: wine, mushrooms, honey, cheese, olive oil cold cuts and chestnuts.

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(+39) 095 914316
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