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CICLOPI ISLAND

An archipelago all to be discovered The only real island in the Ciclopi is called Lachea. An arc is formed around it by three Faraglioni (rock stacks) and various rocks, which almost touch the coast. Lachea is an almost elliptical shape, and is 250 metres long and 150 metres wide; the maximum height is 35 metres, while the surface area is one and a half hectares. In the northern area, a little after Punta Cornera, there is a gap which seems to divide it in two. The two summital parts present a bizarre whitish colouring, which stand out against the usual black of rocks of volcanic origin. The “mystery” is soon explained: these are marls, i.e. clays transformed and hardened thousands of years ago by contact with magmatic rocks that were forming below them.There are three Faraglioni and they are to the south of Lachea, lying in an arc going towards the terra firma. The Faraglione Grande, known as Santa Maria, reaches a maximum height of 40 metres and is the only one that has undergone human action: a flight of steps in masonry leads up to a flat area in which, as a sign of devotion which is usual in maritime villages, there is a statue of the Virgin.On the other two, Faraglione di Mezzo and Faraglione degli Uccelli, there are no marls; they are only inhabited by birds. U Zu Ianu di Fora, and U Zu Iano di Terra, nicknames given by fishermen to the two smaller rocks next to the Faraglioni, complete the picture.The Ciclopi Islands Protected Marine Area (AMP) is included among the 100 most beautiful Marine Areas of the world.

 The  Various fragments of ancient buildings are scattered over its whole surface, including extensive reservoirs of water, sepulchres, tesselated pavements and the remains of a spacious edifice, commonly called aNaumachia, the real destination of which is hard to define.By far the most famous monument in Taormina is the Ancient theatre, which is one of the most celebrated ruins in Sicily, on account both of its remarkable preservation and of the surpassing beauty of its location. It is built for the most part of brick, and is therefore probably of Roman date, though the plan and arrangement are in accordance with those of Greek theatres; the present structure was rebuilt upon the foundations of an older theatre from the Greek period. With a diameter of 109 metres, this theatre is the second largest of its kind in Sicily, after that of Siracusa, and is frequently used for performances and concerts. The greater part of the original seats has disappeared, but the wall which surrounds the whole cavea and the proscenium with the back wall of the scena are preserved in singular integrity, and contribute much to the picturesque effect, as well as to the interest, of the ruin. From the fragments of architectural decorations still extant we learn that it was of theCorinthian order, and richly ornamented. Some portions of a temple are also visible, converted into the church of San Pancrazio. Just south of Taormina is the Isola Bella, a natural reserve; and further south, situated beside a bay, is the popular seaside resort of Giardini Naxos. Capo Sant’ Andrea grottos are also remarkable.

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Romantic

A unique scenery to enjoy your happy hour or special dinner at anchor in a charming bay.

Ciclopi Island

Navigate between the rocks thrown by Polifemo from the top of Mount Etna, living the myth, the legend, the nature.

Rental

We give you the opportunity to rent the boat, create the route you prefer and pay the fuel at consumption.