Isola Bella (Isula Bedda in Sicilian) is a small island situated in the Municipality of Taormina, in the province of Messina. Its meagre distance from the coast, because of the tides, is sometimes non-existent, making it a peninsola. It is also called the pearl of the Mediterranean because of its wild and pristine beauty, and was recently declared a Protected Natural Reserve by the WWF-World Wildlife Fund.
Its vegetation is particularly lush, made up of an evocative alternating combination of spontaneous growth Mediterranean brush and rare exotic plants. The ocean floor around Isola Bella also has incredible natural sights to offer and can be appreciated by amateur and expert divers alike.
In this paradise, it is possible to associate the breathtaking views with the delicacies of the Sicilian Region: from the blood orange -arancia rossa- to the Pachino tomato, from the bread -Pagnotta del Dittaino- to the cheese, Pecorino Siciliano.
After enjoying the beautiful sights on the island, you absolutely have to dedicate a day to a walking tour of Taormina, a true gem on the Ionian Coast and a cradle of art and culture. The town is characterized by its terraced structure and the beautiful views with Mount Aetna at the centre, as well as its numerous antiquere mains, beginning with the Greek Theatre or "Teatro Antico," the true flower in the lapel of the city.
To finish, the itinerary proposes a visit to the enchanting city of Catania, one of the few Italian cities which offers a wide range of diverse landscapes concentrated into one site. Its historical centre, declared a World Heritage Site, has a wealth of Baroque buildings and churches, Roman and Greek remains, and Medieval architecture.
Its cuisine is one of the richest and tastiest in Sicily, thanks to the fertile lands of the province. The surrounding municipalities are known for the production of foods and wines with the Denomination of Origin, such as the prickly pear, Ficodindia dell'Etna, the wines of the Doc Etna, and the extra virgin olive oil Monte Etna.