Sicily, the Mediterranean’s largest island, is located at the “toe” of the boot-shaped Italian peninsula, from which it is separated by the narrow Strait of Messina. Its most prominent landmark is Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe, almost 11,000 feet high. The island has been invaded numerous times over the centuries by the Phoenicians, the Greeks, the Romans, the Saracens, the Normans and the Spanish - and the influence of all of them is evident in Sicily’s architecture, culture, food and local language. The tourist resort of Giardini Naxos, a quiet fishing village until the 1970’s, is situated on the east coast of Sicily, about halfway between Messina and Catania. Its attractions include several beaches, an archaeological site and museum, a small fishing port and an inviting selection of hotels, restaurants and bars, all of it overlooked by the brooding presence of Mount Etna.

Sicily (Giardini Naxos)

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Hotel Whispers

Hotel Sporting Baia
Hotel Sporting Baia  Website Trip Advisor Page The hotel’s spacious dining room and bar are located just opposite reception and there is an attractive bar terrace which overlooks the beach. The hotel has a small gym, spa and beauty centre complex which includes an indoor swimming pool. The bedrooms are of a decent size and have a television, room safe and air conditioning (in season). The food is generally of a good standard and the hotel’s staff are a particular strength - they are very friendly all-round and mostly speak fairly good English. ( Via Lungomare Schisò, 98035 Giardini Naxos)

Restaurant Whispers

Garden da Nino  Trip Advisor Page As with most restaurants in Giardini Naxos, seafood is a particular strength in Garden da Nino and all the food is prepared to a high standard. The service is prompt and the waiting staff very attentive but without crowding you. The nice, warm ambience of the restaurant also contributes well to the dining experience. (Via Tisandros 74, 98035 Giardini Naxos) La Bussola  Trip Advisor Page We enjoyed this restaurant so much that we returned a few days later. The menu - pizza, pasta and meat and fish dishes - is similar to the other restaurants reviewed here, but the affable waiting staff, who did everything possible to see that you enjoyed your meal, set La Bussola apart for us. Look out for the craftily-modified version of Van Gogh’s “Night Cafe at Arles” on the left as you enter! (Via Tisandros 64, 98035 Giardini Naxos) La Conchiglia  Trip Advisor Page La Conchiglia is fairly typical of the restaurants along the seafront at Giardini Naxos - reasonably-priced, good food, prompt, friendly service and a nice atmosphere. They are all great for people-watching as well, particularly if you sit outside, as we did here. Can be recommended. (221 Via Naxos, 98035 Giardini Naxos) Rendez Vous  Trip Advisor Page Rendez Vous, which is located right next door to Hotel Sporting Baia, is a popular local restaurant with an attractive interior and a well-shaded outside courtyard area. The food is as good as the other three restaurants listed here and is just as reasonably-priced. (Via Naxos Stradella 2, 98035 Giardini Naxos)

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Click to enlarge Click to enlarge Garden da Nino La Bussola La Conchiglia Rendez Vous Giardini Naxos is beautifully positioned in terms of excursions to nearby places of interest, and several local companies offer reasonably-priced excursion programmes which include all of those mentioned in the “Out of Town” section above and also places such as Lipari, Vulcano, Stromboli, Palermo, Cefalu etc. If you are a fan of the Italian television series “Inspector Montalbano” you can also take the Montalbano tour to three sites in the south-eastern corner of Sicily where this show is filmed. Another big favourite is the “Godfather Tour”, which visits two hilltop villages where scenes from the three iconic Francis Ford Coppola movies were filmed. Sporting Baia - Reception Sporting Baia - Exterior Sporting Baia - Dining Room Sporting Baia - Bedroom Garden da Nino La Bussola La Conchiglia Rendez Vous
Worth a Look Naxos Archaeological Site Isola Bella Taormina Castelmola Mount Etna Alcantara Gorge Syracusa Agrigento Out of Town Taormina
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Sicily
Sicily (Giardini Naxos)
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Sicily, the Mediterranean’s largest island, is located at the “toe” of the boot-shaped Italian peninsula, from which it is separated by the narrow Strait of Messina. Its most prominent landmark is Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe, almost 11,000 feet high. The island has been invaded numerous times over the centuries by the Phoenicians, the Greeks, the Romans, the Saracens, the Normans and the Spanish - and the influence of all of them is evident in Sicily’s architecture, culture, food and local language. The tourist resort of Giardini Naxos, a quiet fishing village until the 1970’s, is situated on the east coast of Sicily, about halfway between Messina and Catania. Its attractions include several beaches, an archaeological site and museum, a small fishing port and an inviting selection of hotels, restaurants and bars, all of it overlooked by the brooding presence of Mount Etna.
Hotel Sporting Baia
Hotel Sporting Baia  Website Trip Advisor Page The hotel’s spacious dining room and bar are located just opposite reception and there is an attractive bar terrace which overlooks the beach. The hotel has a small gym, spa and beauty centre complex which includes an indoor swimming pool. The bedrooms are of a decent size and have a television, room safe and air conditioning (in season). The food is generally of a good standard and the hotel’s staff are a particular strength - they are very friendly all-round and mostly speak fairly good English. (Via Lungomare Schisò, 98035 Giardini Naxos)
Garden da Nino La Bussola La Conchiglia Rendez Vous
Garden da Nino  Trip Advisor Page As with most restaurants in Giardini Naxos, seafood is a particular strength in Garden da Nino and all the food is prepared to a high standard. The service is prompt and the waiting staff very attentive but without crowding you. The nice, warm ambience of the restaurant also contributes well to the dining experience. (Via Tisandros 74, 98035 Giardini Naxos) La Bussola  Trip Advisor Page We enjoyed this restaurant so much that we returned a few days later. The menu - pizza, pasta and meat and fish dishes - is similar to the other restaurants reviewed here, but the affable waiting staff, who did everything possible to see that you enjoyed your meal, set La Bussola apart for us. Look out for the craftily-modified version of Van Gogh’s “Night Cafe at Arles” on the left as you enter! (Via Tisandros 64, 98035 Giardini Naxos) La Conchiglia  Trip Advisor Page La Conchiglia is fairly typical of the restaurants along the seafront at Giardini Naxos - reasonably-priced, good food, prompt, friendly service and a nice atmosphere. They are all great for people-watching as well, particularly if you sit outside, as we did here. Can be recommended. (221 Via Naxos, 98035 Giardini Naxos) Rendez Vous  Trip Advisor Page Rendez Vous, which is located right next door to Hotel Sporting Baia, is a popular local restaurant with an attractive interior and a well-shaded outside courtyard area. The food is as good as the other three restaurants listed here and is just as reasonably-priced. (Via Naxos Stradella 2, 98035 Giardini Naxos)
Worth a Look Naxos Archaeological Site Isola Bella Taormina Castelmola Mount Etna Alcantara Gorge Syracusa Agrigento Out of Town Giardini Naxos is beautifully positioned in terms of excursions to nearby places of interest, and several local companies offer reasonably-priced excursion programmes which include all of those mentioned in the “Out of Town” section above and also places such as Lipari, Vulcano, Stromboli, Palermo, Cefalu etc. If you are a fan of the Italian television series “Inspector Montalbano” you can also take the Montalbano tour to three sites in the south-eastern corner of Sicily where this show is filmed. Another big favourite is the “Godfather Tour”, which visits two hilltop villages where scenes from the three iconic Francis Ford Coppola movies were filmed.