Il Poggio holiday farm is located on the lower river valley, inside the Terralcantara ranch. This location features views of a very unique landscape, stretching all the way to the Ionian Sea via an endlessly triumphant path of terraced olive groves.
The Alcantara Valley is one of the most charming locations in Sicily. It includes the Alcantara Gorge Botanic and Geological Park, where you can enjoy unique experiences, following the magnificent Gorge path.
This oasis of peace and relaxation is a 25-minute drive from Taormina, the pearl of the Mediterranean, while the splendid beaches of Giardini Naxos are even closer: just 15 kilometers away. The holiday farm is also an excellent departure point to visit Mount Etna, the Alcantara River Park and the Nebrodi Park.
Il Poggio is just a few minutes’ drive from the Giardini – Naxos exit off the A18 highway.
The Botanic and Geological Park fo the Alcantara Gorge
The Botanic and Geological Park and the famous Alcantara River Gorge are the main naturalistic and tourist attractions of the Alcantara Valley. The Botanic and Geological Park is mostly enclosed within the Alcantara River Park (instituted in 2001) and was developed in the first 60 year of the 20th century with the intention of fostering and increased public awareness of the Park and allowing for the grater enjoyment of one of the more interesting and spectacular places in Sicily: the Alcantara River Valley and its Gorge.
The Park occupies approximately 100 hectares (250 acres) of land consisting of citrus and olive groves, pastures and forests. Traditional agricultural activities are still practiced today in the Park for the growing of citrues and olives, which are then transformed directly on the premises into citrus liqueurs, marmalades and DOP olive oil. These and many other local organic products (vegetables preserved in olive oil, Indian fig jams, and herb or fruit liquors to name only a few) are offered to the visitors for tasting and are available for purchase.
From the Taormina – Giardini Naxos train station, go through the town of Giardini – Naxos and follow SS 185 toward Francavilla di Sicilia, following signs to Gole Alcantara and then follow car directions.
Catania’s Fontanarossa International Airport is almost 70 kilometers away. By rental car or taxi, merge onto A18 to Messina and exit at Giardini – Naxos. Then take SS 185 to Francavilla di Sicilia, following signs to Gole Alcantara. Next, refer to car directions.
From highway A18, take exit Giardini – Naxos, merge onto SS 185 and follow signs to Francavilla di Sicilia and Gole Alcantara. Once you pass the towns of Trappitello and Gaggi, go over the Petrolo bridge and take a left. After approximately one kilometer, you will see the entrance to Il Poggio.