If you've never heard of Sicily, you may have heard of Francis Ford Coppola's movie "The Godfather," which follows the life and dealings of the Corleone family from the United States to the motherland: - Sicily! And, if you've never seen the Godfather, you may have heard of Inspector Montalbano who keeps everyone on their toes in the ficticious town of Vigata in Sicily.
If you look on a map of Europe, Sicily looks like the football close to the tip of the boot that is Italy. Sicily is actually the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and it's steeped in history. It was conquered by the Moors, the Arabs, the Greeks and the Normans, which means its culture, food and traditions are very rich and varied. Sicily has some of the most stunning beaches in Europe and everywhere you go from north to south, east to west of the island, there are historical sites to visit.
Although Italy, in general, is famed for pizza and pasta; food in Sicily goes way beyond. The pastries, the local cuisine, the ice-cream and coffee are some of the most delicious you'll ever taste in your life. Local produce is blessed by the sulphur of Etna, which enriches the soil and gives fruit and vegetables an authentic taste that is not so readily abundant in Europe any more.
Villa Valview is located about 10 minutes above the village of Motta Camastra. 15 minutes from the famous Gole dell'Alcantara and about 20 minutes from Francavilla di Sicilia, which is a town full of restaurants, bars, shops and supermarkets.
The Gole dell'Alcantara is a beautiful natural park, which is overlooked by Villa Valview. It is home to the Alcantara River, which has carved out a series of deep canyons and gorges through the volcanic rock. The park offers visitors a variety of activities, including hiking, swimming, and rock climbing, as well as the opportunity to see the ancient ruins of the Roman city of Tauromenium. The Gole dell'Alcantara is a must-see destination for nature lovers and those interested in the history and culture of Sicily.