The Cultural Experience
While the whole of Sicily is steeped in culture and heritage, Fontanamara and its surrounding areas hold an abundance of well-preserved historical and cultural sites of significance. The nearby town has a rich history as a result of its many archaeological sites, some of which date back to 5000 B.C right through to the Roman age. The area also features four different castles, each idyllically located and accompanied by extraordinary views of the surrounding landscapes. Numerous craters are dotted throughout the landscape and the ancient volcanic activity of the island has given rise to unique and important natural creations such as hot springs and geysers.
Fontanamara is located within a region of Sicily best known for its farming of blood oranges, guaranteeing visitors the chance to sample some of the best oranges the world has to offer! In addition to its delectable oranges, olives are also another hugely important agricultural output of this area which generate numerous olive made products for our guests to sample, such as the rich and distinctive Sicilian olive oil native to this region. A wide variety of locally grown fruits such as almond, figs and kiwis are also available to enjoy throughout the year. The area surrounding Fontanamara is home to a number of farmers who prepare delicious, creamy and mildly sweet ricotta cheese, which is made from locally sourced ingredients and can be obtained directly from the producer every morning guaranteeing maximum freshness and flavour.
Those interested in art and heritage are also catered for and can enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the nearby town or can avail of the wide range of tourist attractions and sights in the surrounding area. These sights include Mt. Etna, one of the most spectacular volcanos in Europe which is only a mere 40 minutes from the town. Visitors to the volcano can add to this experience by stopping at a nearby vineyard located 1000m above sealevel which is known for its remarkable view and some of the finest wines and succulent cuisine in Sicily.
Closer to Fontanamara, and only 30 minutes away, visitors can enjoy the famous Villa del Casale situated in Piazza Amerina. This spectacular Roman villa was built in the 3rd century and holds within it some of the most beautiful pieces of art on the entire island. This amazing artwork, coupled with the striking architecture of the building itself is sure to make for an unforgettable experience for those who visit. 90 minutes away guests can also visit Agrigento, the home of the ruined city of Akragan which holds within remarkably well preserved Greek temples and artefacts. At a mere 90 minutes away guests can visit Taormina and the Gole dell’Alcantara. In 40 minutes guests can reach the splendid Siracusa and baroque area of Ragusa