Farmhouse 3* superior – Etna
The Tank is a restored an old winery of 1834 located in the municipality of Adrano in contrada Scolaro locations Cistern at the foot of Mount Etna – Heritage site – only 20 minutes from the main crater.Twenty hectares of land at 1,000 meters above sea level, among flourishing orchards and a magnificent forest of oaks and chestnut trees right in the heart of Etna. Its geographical location makes it the best starting point to quickly reach the most famous tourist resorts of eastern Sicily, but also the arrival point for those who are looking for attentive hospitality and genuine. The Tank is the ideal place for a relaxing holiday, the contact with nature, away from the smog and noise of everyday. The Tank has 4 apartments and 6 double bedrooms with 1 triple and 1 quadruple, equipped with every comfort: private bathroom with shower, hairdryer, mini-bar, TV and wi-fi in common areas.The property also features a beautiful outdoor pool (June to September) with several areas furnished with sun beds and umbrellas, free wi-fi, services, showers and bar where you can sip aperitifs excellent ice creams and sorbets, for the most small slides and swings, bowling alley, soccer field, parking. Possibility to book excursions to Mount Etna and visits to the main Sicilian resorts, also transfers to and from Catania’s Fontanarossa airport, car rental upon reservation.
Rate per person- minimum 2 pax ( from April to September) :
( 3 days/ 2 nights) + b&b service
– Car rental – 3 days ( with full insurance included)
*** Single room supplement + € 20,00
***Prices may vary depending on the season.
WHAT TO DO
Day 1 : Excursion to the Mount Etna
Distance : 53 min (37,0 km)
Idyllicly perched on a rocky promontory high above the sea, Taormina has been the most popular tourist destination in Sicily for a couple of hundred of years, ever since it became an integral part of the Grand Tour. Taormina’s past is Sicily’s history in a microcosm: Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Swabians, the French and the Spanish all came, saw, conquered and left.Tauromenium, built on Monte Tauro, was founded by Andromacus at the behest of Dionysius the Tyrant of Syracuse in 392BC. Today, Taormina lives on tourism. Visitors flock from all over the world to see its Greek-Roman theatre, to amble along its perfectly preserved Mediaeval streets, to admire its dramatic views of Mount Etna and to immerse themselves in the archetypal Mediterranean atmosphere.The main attraction is, without doubt, the theatre. Originally quite small, it was enlarged by the Romans to accommodate their own particular brand of theatrical extravaganza. The views from the theatre are spectacular, taking in a (usually) smoking Mount Etna and the Bay of Naxos down below.
Catania is Sicily’s second largest city, with a population of around 300,000. It lies on the Ionian Sea, under the shadow of Mount Etna, or “A Muntagna” as the locals refer to it. Mount Etna is ever-present and has to a large extent shaped both the history and the actual existence of Catania. On several occasions volcanic eruptions destroyed the city, the most devastating of which happened in the 17th Century. In 1669 Catania was covered in lava and then, just 24 years later in 1693 an earthquake shook the town down to its foundations. The reaction to this latter catastrophe was amazing: the entire old part of town was rebuilt in Baroque style, with large, wide open squares and avenues. The most remarkable aspect, however, was the building material used: lava! Catania is essentially a “grey” city and unique in the world for this. Visiting Catania is quite easy, as the old town centre is relatively small. An ideal starting point would be the main square, Piazza Duomo. This delightful square and all its surrouding buildings was designed by one man, Giovanni Battista Vaccarini from Palermo .The Cathedral, dedicated to St. Agata, the city’s patron saint, stands on the site of an 11th Century church that was almost entirely destroyed in the 1693 eruption.The other sides of the square are equally impressive and include the Diocesan Museum and the Municipio, (town hall) built in 1741. In the centre stands the city’s symbol, a lava elephant fountain carrying an obelisk. It bears an enigmatic inscription, MSSHDEPL, which according to some is an acronym for “The mind of St. Agata is sane and spontaneous, honouring God and liberating the city”. Such is the devotion to St. Agata in Catania that there are another two churches named after her, one just across the road from the Cathedral, the other just a short walk away off Via Etnea. Heading south from the piazza you will go under the 17th Century arch of Porta Uzeda towards the port. A quick right here will take you into Catania’s colourful, bustling and odourous fish market. Here you will enter a different world, an atmosphere that has remained virtually unchanged for hundreds of years. If you don’t get lost in the hullabaloo of the market and head south west, you will come to Piazza Federico di Svevia and the old fortress of Castello Ursino. This imposing structure was built by Frederick II of Hohenstaufen in the 13th century on a rocky cliff overlooking the sea. Moving back northwards you will come across a rather different aspect of the city: its ancient origins. Catania was founded in the 8th Century BC by Greeks from Chalcis. It subsequently became a Roman city and amazingly, considering the dramatic series of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes that have so afflicted the area, three theatres have survived from this period. The Teatro Romano, in Via Vittorio Emanuele, was built on the site of a Greek theatre in the 2nd Century AD. Its use of lava stone demonstrates how long the excretions of Etna have been put to good use. Next door is the Odeon, a smaller theatre used for more intimate occasions, such as musical performances. The Amphitheatre, found in Piazza Stesicoro at the crossroads of Via Etnea and Corso Sicilia is and not usually open to the public, though can be viewed from outside. The Museo Belliniano is dedicated to Catania’s most famous son, the composer Vincenzo Bellini. A short walk north east will take you to another building dedicated to his memory, the opera house Teatro Massimo Bellini.
Wine and typical Sicilian product tasting
During the tour, tourist will assist the extraction of honey and taste the hive products.In the same building , in the rustic cellar guests are invited to taste the Etna wines and the excellent oils, obtained using the oldest production techniques; the typical preserves, treasure of the best Sicilian traditions, all in a scenic environment surrounded by a beautiful lava rock wall of 1792.
− Company visit: presentation, bees live and visit to the laboratory of honey extraction
− Honey tasting: to spoon, hive products, derivates and biscuits
− Wine tasting: (at least 3 wines) in small plastic cup
− Olives tasting: (5 types), sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes, garlic, etc.
− Olive Oil tasting: Nocellara dell’Etna olive oil with wood baked bread
− Flavored Olive Oils: 8 different types with wood baked bread
− Pestos and Paté tasting: on wood baked bread
− Liqueurs tasting.
This ceramic laboratory was set up by Barbaro Messina, a versatile and talented master ceramist who was driven by a unique passion for art, and for his land. This, combined with his own creativity, has remarkably changed the ceramic world. He was fascinated by the techniques used by ancient ceramists and in 1978 this stimulated him to look for innovative and multiple technical and stylistic solutions.During the 70’s, early production results from experimenting with the ancient forms of the lava stone of Mount Etna, glazing the slabs of lava stone, and allowing the use of a so noble material in unexpected fields.The creativity of Barbaro Messina and his ability to translate the images of the Etna landscape in forms have been rewarded with many prizes (Prix Coup de Coeur 1999 Expression Museum, Paris; entry in the Register REI of the Intangible Heritage of Sicily, 2005) as well as appreciation by the public. An authentic handcraft school was set up, forge of valid operators and artists.Since 2001 the laboratory has been directed by Vincenzo, Filippo and Rita Messina, Mr. Barbaro Messina’ sons, who carry forward the mission of the company, renewing its image and making it a real example of Made in Sicily to export around the world.
***The visit to the laboratory lasts 45 minutes and it costs € 5,00 p.p.
*** The visit + workshop lasts 4 hours and it costs € 35,00 p.p.
At this equestrian center, you can learn basic riding rules such as saddling, feeding and looking after the horse. Few lessons in the arena will introduce beginners to equestrian sports and to trail rides on the Etna. As this Center is just in the middle of Etna Park, “U.N.E.S.C.O. heritage”, you can relax on horseback, enjoying the nature, such as woods, beautiful sky, and lava stones surrounding the Etna volcano. Riding all the year long, you can enjoy unforgettable and unique landscapes, even when covered with snow. Children, Adults and Families are welcome for wild trail Rides. According to our Center’s Equestrian Activities, Picnic, BBQ, Birthday’s Party, Open/farm day and Seasons Events, can be held on demand, for our Club Members, for their Families, for their Friends. You can also visit our “little farm” with donkeys, sheep and chickens, as well as our “handcraft wooden and lava stones laboratory”.
Qualified Instructors and skilled Staff will lead you to the lava cave “Grotta dell’angelo” through plots of land and holidays houses. The cave extends for 30 meters and it is 8 meters wide.
Italian, English, German and French spoken Staff
The price of the trail ride is € 45,00 p.p. 1.5 hoursand it includes:
– Horse riding
– Visit to the lava cave “ Grotta dell’angelo”
Etnaland is the island of possibilities where adults and kids alike can write its on story of fun.
There you have the possibility to follow a program; whether you feel a fearless hero or a fan of amusement, you will be able to follow your dream and write the story you like the best!
Distance: 29 Km – 36 mins
Distance: 15Km – 32 mins
Distance : 24 Km -40mins
Catania offers a weather and some resources that make it desirable in each period of the year, during the spring and during the autumn, the citrus groves are in flower and this spectacle is really charming, during the summer you can choose between the hot temperature of the beach and the cool one of the mountain. Some hours after the sunset. Catania changes its aspect. The lights switch on and everybody is attracted by a walk through the centre’s streets. An experience that gives you a great happiness. You have to desire of wandering about the city, of watching of sitting for drinking a beer or listening to a group that plays in the colud of smoke of a night-club. The weather of the night is mild and you can walk waiting for the dawn. During the night Catania gives you “the emotion” of living the historical centre; with 120 pubs there is always the right place for everybody: music, the poetry, the exhibitions and the parties are some of the activities offered by Catania, it is very difficult to be bored. During summer the tables and the chairs are on the streets, on the corners; and they offer rest, coolness and good music the cafè chantant is the heart of catania’s summer. Here you can listen to lots of different types of music: piano-bar, jazz, pop rock, reggae, ethnical an symphonic, and at the same time you taste a lemon or almond “granita” (crushed-ice drink) and satisfy your thirst. Absolutely to see is the “catanese summer”, festivals, concerts, shows on the beach, and many other reasons to love Catania nights and day, during the all summer time.
Nature Trails suggested
Italia path – Alpine path of Etna volcano
Nature Trail – Monte Nero degli Zappini
Italia path – Pietracannone refuge, Cubania pine forest