Many centuries ago, a stream of lava flowed from Mount Etna – and Linguaglossa was founded on the stretch of open land it left behind. From your luxury boutique hotel you’ll have Renaissance architecture and historic landmarks on your doorstep. What’s more, with snow-dusted peaks to the west and the Ionian Sea to the east, adventure in the great outdoors is never far away.
Charming Sicilian town between Mount Etna and the sea
Things to do
Heritage spills from every corner of this small town. Watching over the historic Piazza Municipio is the baroque façade of the Church of San Francesco di Paola. Step inside to escape the Sicilian sun and see oil paintings depicting the life of the Italian saint it’s dedicated to. Don’t miss Gagini’s famous sculpture of Madonna dell’Oreto at the altar.
Close to the coast and at the gateway of Mount Etna Regional Park, Linguaglossa makes the perfect starting point for exploration. Start early and join a walking tour into the mountains – or even explore the hills on horseback. Step back in time and discover the area’s rich heritage with a trip to nearby Taormina. Founded in the 4th-century BC, this is a town of fascinating ruins, pretty piazzas and Sicilian dolce vita.
Rolling vineyards and mountain views take centre stage in Linguaglossa. Venture out to the vineyards for a spot of wine tasting. The town’s unique setting makes for undulating altitudes – which gives the grapes a distinctive flavour. Take a guided tour, paring wines with Sicilian cheeses, cured meats and seasonal produce.
In July and August, Linguaglossa hosts handicraft fairs, where local artisans sell their carved and crafted sculptures.
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