2016 Sicily – Day 12 – Giarre

Giarre is a town located on the east coast of the island of Sicily, Italy. Known for its beautiful beaches and proximity to Mount Etna, the town is a popular destination for tourists looking for a mix of natural beauty and small-town charm.

One of the main attractions in Giarre is its beaches. The town is home to several stretches of sandy beaches, such as the popular La Plaja and the more secluded La Playa. These beaches offer a variety of water sports and activities, such as swimming, sunbathing, and snorkeling.

Giarre is also home to a number of historic and cultural sites. The town’s main square, Piazza Umberto I, is a lively spot that features a variety of shops and restaurants. The town’s main church, the Chiesa Madre, is also a popular destination, and it features a beautiful baroque-style facade.

For those interested in nature, Giarre is an ideal base for exploring the surrounding area. The town is located near the base of Mount Etna, the highest volcano in Europe, and there are several hiking trails and guided tours available for those looking to explore the volcano’s slopes. The town also has a number of parks and gardens, such as the Parco della Rimembranza, which offers beautiful views of the town and the sea.

Giarre is also known for its delicious local cuisine. Visitors can enjoy a variety of traditional Sicilian dishes, such as pasta con le sarde (pasta with sardines) and arancini (fried rice balls). The town is also home to a number of wineries that produce wines made from the local grapes, such as the Nerello Mascalese.

Giarre is a charming town that offers a mix of natural beauty and small-town charm. From its beautiful beaches to its historic and cultural sites, the town has something for every type of traveler. Its proximity to Mount Etna and the surrounding area make it an ideal base for exploring the region.