Re Martino Residence is ideally situated within easy reach of a variety of places that are perfect for entertainment and relaxation as well as being close to the city’s main business and shopping districts with a host of opportunities to discover good food and local history. And all just a short walk or drive away.
Some suggestions Re Martino Residence is in the southern-most part of the Picanello district and is very close to the sea (the small fishing ports of San Giovanni Li Cuti and Ognina, Catania’s stupendous seafront which is home to some of the city’s most popular bars, ice-cream parlours, restaurants, gyms and beauty salons) and is only a short distance from the main business and shopping areas such as Via Giacomo Leopardi, Corso Italia, Piazza Europa (where the city’s leading stores can be found).
A few minutes’ drive will take to the new Exhibition Centre on Viale Africa, which in recent years has become Catania’s leading cultural and exhibition venue, as well as the old town which is now at the heart of dynamic cultural output during the day, and a lively, fast-paced nightlife.
CATANIA - THE FEAST OF SANT'AGATA (3/5 February)
The “Festa di Sant'Agata” is the most important religious celebration staged in Catania and celebrates the city’s patron, Saint Agatha.
The celebration takes place every year from 3 to 5 February with another summertime commemoration on 17 August. The saint’s martyrdom is celebrated in February, while the August feast commemorates the return of Saint Agatha’s remains to Catania after 86 years from Constantinople where the Byzantine general Giorgio Maniace had been taken by force by the as war booty.
The celebration, which involves the whole city and takes place over 3, 4 and 5 February is so extraordinary that all in fairness it can be compared only with Holy Week celebrations in Seville or the Corpus Domini feast in Cozcu, Peru.
For three whole days, Catania forgets about everything else in its celebration of the city’s patron city in a mixture of devotion and folklore that attracts over a million people every year, in a mixture of the faithful and the simply curious. The saint is carried in procession in her reliquary casket among “her” people, passing through the more humble parts of town as well as the more chic neighbourhoods, in an atmosphere of great devotion and solemnity.
Taormina is Sicily’s leading tourist attraction.
The historic old town of this pearl of the Mediterranean stands at some 200m above sea level and boasts amazing panoramic views over the Ionian Coast and Mt Etna that help make the town one of the most beautiful “terraces” in the world.
The Graeco-Roman theatre, the venue for some of the most prestigious International festivals in the world, is second only to the theatre in Siracusa. The Palazzo Corvaja, the Naumachie, and the Palazzo dei duchi di Santo Stefano are among the dozens of other attractions that make a trip to Taormina an experience visitors simply can’t miss.
The marvellous coastline near Taormina, the tiny islet of Isola Bella, the splendid beaches at Mazzeo, Spisone and Mazzarò can all be reached easily from the heart of Taormina using the modern the cable-car service that runs until late in the evening.
|THE "CYCLOPS RIVIERA" (Acicastello - Acitrezza -Capomulini)
Acicastello, located in a wide inlet along the east coast of Sicily, at the foot of a basalt massif, developed around the original Norman keep and today can be considered as part of Catania’s hinterland.
Castello Normanno, this Norman keep was built entirely from lava stone blocks in 1076.
The square in front of the keep, bordered to one side by the Chiesa Madre church also made from lava stone, is a great place from which to enjoy a panoramic view over the “Cyclops Riviera”, with the enigmatic “Faraglioni” rocks jutting out from the waves in the background.
The “Riviera dei Ciclopi”, (or “Cyclops Riviera”) is associated with the mythological events narrated by Virgil and Homer. According to legend, the three “fariglioni”, or jagged rocks out to sea just opposite Acitrezza, are the very same rocks that the blinded Cyclops Polyphemus hurled at Ulysses and his men as they tried to escape on their ship. Polyphemus also features in the myth of Aci and Galatea. Jealous of the young couple’s love, the giant crusche young Aci under a huge boulder.
Riserva Naturale Isola Lachea (Acitrezza). A national marine nature reserve since 1989, the site is home to the “Centro Immersioni Isola Lachea” diving centre which for the past thirty years has been actively committed to defending and preserving the sea bed in the area.