OttoMood Apartments Catania Centro are in an elegant building of the early
twentieth century located in the most beautiful and historically interesting part of the historical center of
Catania, near the Villa Bellini.
A short walk from the building you find all the shops that you will need during your stay (food, bakery,
supermarkets, pharmacies, restaurants, bars, tobacco) and also the bus stop and Circumetnea. Also there are
several restaurants in the area that you can reach by foot, and a considerable number of shops.
The following list are some of the main destinations in eastern Sicily, which you can visit by car:
Etna volcano and Valle del Bove (50 min by car): Europe’s greatest natural wonder is a living,
sacred mountain of legend and myth. Consider a jeep excursion to the upper regions, which are covered with snow
for four months of the year. Dress warmly in summer too; it’s always cool at the top.
Catania city center (0 min by car): the old town center is relatively small. In the city of
Catania, there is very much to see and to do: museums, Baroque buildings, theaters, and gardens. Catania is a
vibrant city, interesting, fascinating (even and especially at night).
Villages of Mount Etna, and Volcanology Museum (40 min by car): Nicolosi is one of the most
famous village at the foot of the Monti Rossi (two beautiful craters of Etna, which today are rich in vegetation)
where there are two museums: the Museum of Volcanology and the Museum of the farmer: the first collects the lava
material, photos and illustrations on the eruptions of Etna and the vulcanological activities; the second is home
to a beautiful reconstruction of the humble lives led by the Sicilian peasants until not too long ago.
Acitrezza, Aci Castello and the Riviera of the Cyclops (20 min by car): Some year ago there
were just fishing villages, today it is a summer resort destination. There are some equipped beaches, restaurants
and bars. The coast owes its name to a Homeric legend, according to which the towering black rocks that rise from
the sea - really big chunks of solidified lava - were thrown from the blinded Cyclops, Polyphemus, in a desperate
attempt to hit Ulysses on his escape.
Parco Fluviale dell’Alcàntara (60 min by car): where you will discover the most beautiful
lava canyons in the world with high basaltic walls (about 50 meters of height), crossed by the river Alcantara.
Etna Avventura Serra La Nave (60 min by car): It has a series of trails in the trees, placed
at different heights from the ground and differentiated by increasing difficulty and physical effort. The courses
consist of a series of platforms interspersed with Tibetan bridges Chinese bridges, vines, walkways of various
kinds and Tyrolean traverses; this enables everyone, young and old, to test their courage and their skills in
Parco Avventura Etna – Milo (60 min by car): The Etna adventure Park is situated into the
Parco Scarbaglio of Milo. Acrobatics paths for children and adults, bar, picnic area with barbecues. Hiking and
Piazza Armerina (1 h and 30 by car): The Roman villa, Villa Romana del Casale, is one of the
island’s must-see attractions. The 4th-century Roman villa features one of the largest and best-preserved
collections of ancient mosaics in the world. Each of the main rooms in the villa has a mosaic floor decorated in
a specific theme, including a hedonistic mosaic in the main bedroom. The mosaic depicting the Olympic games is the
most famous as it features the first image of women wearing what are known today as bikinis.
Syracuse (60 min by car): was once considered the most important city of the ancient Western
world. The 2,700-year-old city is mentioned in the Bible, in the writings of Cicero and in the myths and legends
of many civilizations. The oldest part of Syracuse is situated offshore on the island of Ortigia and is filled
with historic temples, churches and important archeological sites, including a necropolis that dates back from
1270 B.C. Theatrical productions are still staged at the 5th-centry Greek Theatre, which boasts one of the largest
seating areas ever built by the ancient Greeks.
Taormina (60 min by car): Perched on a cliff near Mount Etna on the island’s eastern
shoreline, Taormina has long been a popular place to visit in Sicily. Well-heeled travelers have been including
the resort town on their itineraries since the 19th century. There are scenic beaches near the city to enjoy too,
and as they’re only accessible by an aerial tramway, traveling to them is half the fun. The Teatro Greco is
Taormina’s most popular attraction. While the architecture of the amphitheater is Roman, its layout indicates that
it was built upon an older Greek theater. Although the original seats have been replaced, much of the 2nd-century
theater remains intact.
Acireale and fishing villages (35 minutes by car): Acireale is a baroque city, with many of
its greatest treasures of the 17th century. On the side of the coast there are several picturesque fishing villages
with natural landscapes incredibly beautiful.
Etnaland (40 minutes by car): the biggest Amusement Park in South Italy. theme park, water park
and dinosaur park all rolled into one. It has a suspended cableway, laser shows and rides such as the crocodile
rapids. Lots to see and do, and there are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat. It is the largest water park of
Sicilia Outlet Village (50 mins drive): is a large outlet shopping. it is specialized in the
retail sale of products of famous brands, unsold, or come out of the most recent catalog of the manufacturer.
The manufacturers create stores in order to work off the production of past seasons, or the leaders of second
grade, which are sold at half the price than that stated on the label.
Many Commercial centers: There are several commercial centers around OttoMood like Ikea,
Decathlon, Commercial Center Le Ginestre, Commercial Center Le Zagare, Commercial Center I Portali Centro Sicilia