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ENNA – the heart of Sicily !

Enna is a wonderful town to just wander around, soak up the atmosphere and take in the breath taking views. Here you will find Sicily untouched by time and mass tourism.
What’s worth to see?
-attractive streets of the old town, especially Via Roma,
-Duomo [The Cathedral],
-‘Castello di Lombardia’ [entrance & guide free]. Reach the top of Pisana Tower inside the Castel for over the town panoramic view over most of central Sicily,
-Rocca di Cerere located not far from the Castel is a great view point too,
-some museums to visit, like Alessi Museum and archaeological museum,
-Torre di Federico – an interesting 24 meters octagonal tower.
It’s easy to reach Enna by car, bus or train. Ask staff at Gianni House for more info. We are always here happy to help you :-)









Are you looking for the best possible experience in Sicily? Look no further! We are a few minutes walk from the nearest beach (which is free!), a few steps from the bus stop for buses to and from Taormina (15 minutes) and Catania (1 hour), and in close proximity to bakeries, supermarkets, nightclubs, bars and restaurants. Gianni House is situated between Taormina and the beach resort of Giardini Naxos, so our location means you can visit two towns for the price of one! Book now, and thank us later for a perfect hostel experience.











It’s Beach season!

It looks like this August will be as hot as ever.

Earlier this year four Sicilian beaches were awarded the Blue Flag for their waters being among Europe’s cleanest. This is a rating based on specific scientific standards rather than subjective ones. They are Porto Paolo (Menfi), Pozzallo (Ragusa), Fiumefreddo-Cottone (Catania) and Marina di Ragusa.

Of course, these aren’t the only great beaches in Sicily. Find more on our Sicily beaches page.
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Autumn in Italy

Fall Colors in Emilia Romagna

Martha Bakerjian More Images (2) Autumn, or fall, is a wonderful time to travel in Italy. Tourist crowds are thinning, prices and temperatures are dropping, and the food is fantastic. Here’s a look at what Italy has to offer in fall.Why Travel to Italy in Autumn?Find lower airfares and accommodation pricesEnjoy fall foods like truffles and wild mushroomsAttend fall festivals and cultural eventsTravel and walk without the heat of summerVisit tourist attractions and towns without big crowdsExperience the dramatic beauty of Italy in fallFall Weather and Climate in ItalyEarly fall is still pleasant in many parts of Italy but as the season ends, it’s definitely gotten cold. Autumn is more mild along the coast but colder inland, especially in the mountains. October generally brings crisp, cool mornings and evenings but many sunny days. November is one of Italy’s rainiest months, but there are usually still a good number of sunny days. Toward the end of November and into December, snow starts falling in many parts of Italy. Venice often experiences some flooding from high tides in fall – see more about aqua alta on Venice Word. Find historic weather and climate information for major Italian cities on Italy Travel Weather.Fall Festivals and Culture in ItalyHighlights of fall are All Saints Day, music festivals, and food festivals including truffles, chestnuts, mushrooms, grapes (and wine), chocolate, and even torrone. Opera and theater season starts many places in fall, too. National holidays during fall are All Saints Day on November 1 and Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception on December 8. On these days, many services will be closed. Around December 8, Italy starts decorating for Christmas and there will be small Christmas markets and many towns set up a nativity scene in a piazza or church.October Festivals in ItalyNovember Festivals in ItalyDecember Festivals in ItalyVisiting Italy’s Cities in FallCities often clear out and restaurants and shops close during August when most Italians take their vacations. In fall, restaurants and shops in cities are open. Although there are fewer sunlight house, earlier sunsets mean more time to enjoy cities after dark. Many cities light their historic monuments at night so strolling through a city after dark can be beautiful and romantic. While you’ll find smaller crowds and lower hotel prices most places, Florence and Rome are highly popular in September and October. There are fall music and theater festivals in some cities, including Rome and Florence.Fall Outside the Tourist AreasIf you’re away from major tourist areas, you’ll find museums and attractions have shorter hours than in summer. Some things may only be open on weekends. Seaside resorts and camping areas may begin to shut down in late fall and there’s less nightlife although cultural events, like theater and opera, are starting up and there are fairs and festivals, especially food festivals.Italian Food in FallAutumn is the best time for gourmet food lovers. What can be better than fresh truffles? Visit a truffle fair to taste truffle foods or just enjoy the aroma penetrating the air. There are lots of fresh mushrooms in fall so many restaurants will feature them in special dishes. Wine and olive harvests are in fall. San Miniato Truffle FairTruffle Fairs in ItalyOn the Truffle TrailPorcini MushroomsFood and Wine of Italy’s Piemonte RegionItaly Fall PhotosFall colors can be found in vineyards, foothills, and mountains in mid-October and into November. Here are photos of Italy taken in November:Fall in Emilia-Romagna and Salti del Diavolo rock formationsFlorence in NovemberItalian Riviera Village of Camogli Cinque Terre in NovemberLucca from the Guinigi TowerLiguria in AutumnFosdinovo Castle in northern TuscanyOlivola and northern TuscanyPiemonte Vineyards at Harvest TimeReady to Travel – Packing for AutumnSince fall weather can be unpredicatable, it’s best to pack clothes that can be worn in layers. Even in November there may still be warm days along the coast. One November I was hot in a short-sleeved shirt while hiking in the Cinque Terre. Take a versatile but not too heavy sweater, a rain jacket, sturdy shoes that can be worn in rain, and a good umbrella. In late fall, you may want a heavier coat, too. When to Go to ItalySpring in ItalySummer in ItalyWinter in ItalyMore about AutumnEurope in Fall – Tours and TipsOff Season Travel in EuropeTop Fall Italian RecipesRelated ArticlesNew England Fall Foliage Day Trips – Driving Tours – Destinations within Tw…New England Foliage Central – Autumn in New England – Complete Guide to Fal…New England Foliage Central – Autumn in New England – Complete Guide to Fal…November Festivals and Holiday Events in Italy – Italian Festivals in Novem…Destinations for Fall Budget Travel

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