Sicily: Taormina and the Alcantara Gorge

A short itinerary including the charm and sea wonders of Taormina and the natural beauty of the Sicilian hinterland with the Alcantara Gorge.

Taormina - Foto di kirkandmimi
Taormina - Foto di kirkandmimi
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A beautiful itinerary for motorcycles that combines the charm of the sea of Taormina with the natural beauty of the Alcantara Gorges.

Length 70 Km
link Savoca – Gole Alcantara
Winter closure
Road conditions Average


The village is located 330 meters above sea level and has about 1700 inhabitants. An ancient local saying called it the city of 7 faces: in fact, from any side you look towards the horizon, it offers 7 different and beautiful views. The traditions are very important, including the feast of the patron saint, Santa Lucia: in August, a religious and folkloristic event animates the streets of Savoca and keeps alive the tradition that has lasted for centuries.



Few kilometers away from the Strait separating Sicily from the rest of italy, Taormina is seated on a natural terrace on Mar Ionio, its ancient name was Tauromenion.
Taormina is a must-see place in the world thanks to its medieval heart, its greek spirit and the colours and the scent of Mediterranean woodland. The weather is perfect for a visit in every season.

The Alcantara Gorge

gole alcantara sicilia messina taormina
Gole dell’Alcantara: di tulipa_22

The gorges reach a height of 25 meters, a width of 2 meters in the narrow parts and 4-5 meters in the widest parts. Despite common belief, the natural canyon has not been carved over thousands of years by water.

The Alcantara river flows between lava and thanks to it has a peculiar channel. On the territory of Motta Camastra at Fondaco Motta there is the most impressive and famous gorge of Alcantara that stretches over an incredible 6 km, the first 3 km of which are easily travelled. The particularity of this gorge is the structure of the walls created by a cast of basaltic lava (poor in silicon content but rich in iron, magnesium and calcium). The lava cooled down slowly, allowing the creation of pentagonal and hexagonal prismatic forms, which recalls the molecular structure of the materials it consists of.

Must see

Castelmola: the small village is located 500 meters above sea level, and has about 1100 inhabitants. It was one of the lookout points used by the inhabitants to prevent possible enemy attacks, whoever they were. To visit: the Cathedral, the village square, with a wonderful view of the Ionian Sea and Taormina and the ruins of the ancient castle.

Travel tips

A delicacy that not everyone knows and you have to look for are the ‘nzuddi, crunchy biscuits made with almonds enriched with orange flakes, originally prepared by the Vincenzine Sisters.


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