Saturday 17 August 2013

Castelmola, near Taormina, Sicily

Crammed on to a hilltop high above the touristy town of Taormina, Castelmola is a compact village offering captivating views of the Mount Enta volcano and the countryside tumbling down to the coastline far below. You can catch a public bus up to its modest piazza and admire the broad panoramas, before moseying around the souvenir shops in the narrow alleyways between Castelmola's crumbling castle and its Duomo. On a summer evening, the heart of the village is awash with tourists dining in a cluster of lively restaurants. 7/10 

Castelmola's Duomo