Things to do
Due to its hilly position, climate, villas and gardens, Viagrande is one of the Etna towns where it is most pleasant to stay. Its gastronomy is very popular and there are numerous restaurants, pizzerias and bars where you can taste local specialities such as “Sicilian pizza”, arancini, ricotta desserts, pazientini, ice creams and granitas.
For nature lovers, we recommend a walk along the paths of the Monte Serra Park, a stone's throw from the town. An equipped green area that includes an ancient volcanic crater covered by dense vegetation, a small oak forest and, from April to October, the beautiful Butterfly House , an important tourist destination that is absolutely worth a visit. (insert link to the house)
Halfway between Etna and the sea, Viagrande is also an ideal base for those who want to have a good choice of interesting destinations in the surrounding area.
Catania , a lively city with a thousand contrasts, awaits you with its historic centre full of monuments, with its traditional markets, first of all “la Pescherìa”, and with its Mediterranean “street food”.
Acireale , a jewel of Baroque architecture, is worth a visit for its splendid Piazza del Duomo, the noble palaces, and for its Carnival.
Acicastello and Acitrezza , the most evocative corners of the Riviera dei Ciclopi, with their lava cliffs overlooking a crystal clear sea, the Norman Castle, the Natural Reserve of the Cyclops Islands, the fishing port, excellent restaurants with fresh fish.
Taormina , the pearl of the Ionian coast, will seduce you with its charm that derives from its spectacular position between Etna and the sea, the beaches, the elegant old town full of shops, the magnificent ancient theater.
The Etna Natural Park with its nature trails and its breathtaking views, is an unmissable destination and within everyone's reach. We advise not to limit yourself to the classic Etna resorts that attract mass tourism but to explore Etna calmly, dedicating more than a day to discovering the great variety of landscapes, crops, artifacts and typical products. Map in hand, we will be able to recommend the best itineraries, choosing them according to your needs and the time you have available.