IL CASTELLO NELSON
Nelson Castle is located 700 meters from Casolare delle Balze, on the banks of Saraceno stream. Some parts of the residence of Admiral Horace Nelson is now used as a museum. The Castle is embellished with a splendid English garden with centuries-old plants. The entrance is composed by a large park, split by a path along which there is an open-air museum of lava stone sculptures of world-renowned artists.
2 minutes far
Nebrodi park is the largest protected area in Sicily. It extends over much of the northern coast. Among its forests, its pastures and its fauna, it hides many lakes, some of which are easily reachable. Lake Maulazzo and Lake Biviere are the most famous and accessible destinations in the park.
40 minutes far
THE NEBRODI LAKES
PISTACHIO OF BRONTE
Pistachio of Bronte is a valuable product harvested once every two years. Starting from the raw fruit, Sicilian culinary art has been able to create dishes and specialties, from cannoli to delicious cakes using pistachio. Staying at Casolare delle Balze you will be a step away from the harvest fields and best pastry shops that every day churn out delights pastries made of pistachio of Bronte.
15 minutes far
Mount Etna is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and in 2013 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. By staying at Casolare delle Balze you can easily reach Piano Provenzana station located on the north side of Etna, or you can participate in one of the many excursions that take place every day on the Mongibello.
50 minutes far
THE MEDIEVAL TOWN OF RANDAZZO
The medieval town of Randazzo is 15 minutes far from Casolare delle Balze. Little city with a glorious past, today it's famous not only for its black basalt architectures, but also for being one of the production centers of Etna Doc Wine.
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Photo Elia Priolo
Just an hour far from Casolare delle Balze is Taormina, with its Greek theater, its English garden, its terraces overlooking the sea for centuries is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
1 hour far
Photo Illuminato Fabio Fazio
CASTIGLIONE DI SICILIA
A medieval village perched on one of the volcanic hills of the Alcantara valley, you will need 40-minute drive to reach it. The village is a collection of suggestive alleys, churches set in the rock and a monumental castle.
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It takes 45 minutes by car to reach the Alcantara Gorges starting from Casolare delle Balze. Known all over in the world for its columnar basalts, the gorges are narrow lava canyons through which the Alcantara river flows where river trekking, canyoning and body rafting are practiced daily.
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It's a permanent exhibition of work tools and utensils used in the past that show the daily life of the farmers. Looking these objects give to young people the opportunity to learn forgotten trades, stories handed down over time, and for the elderly it's the time to remember the past years, when even the strenuous work was a reason for aggregation and celebration.
10 minutes far
THE ENGLISH CEMETERY
1 km far from Casolare delle Balze, on the right bank of the Saraceno river, there is the small English Cemetery of Nelson, where the Dukes of Bronte and the Scottish poet William Sharp are buried.
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Creative and experiential activities are available at Casolare delle Balze or in affiliated structures like: dairies, ovens, mills, farms, to discover multiple aspects of social life ranging from knowledge, traditions, flavors to sustainable and healthy consumption.
10 minutes far