The eastern coast of Sicily, between Taormina and Catania is well-known for its charming villages and magnificent sea resorts, but most of all, perhaps, for Mount Etna, Europe's highest active volcano that dominates the area. Further south of Taormina, a very popular destination with the international jet set, between Acireale and Catania, stretches the beautiful Cyclops Riviera with the characteristic sea villages of Aci Trezza and Aci Castello, described in Homer's Odyssey. Catania itself, a baroque town in the Val di Noto and a UNESCO heritage site, is lively and fascinating both by day and by night. Castello Ursino, the cathedral square with its elephant fountain, the fish market, Via Etnea, the baroque Via Crociferi and the Alessi stairways with its pubs, restaurants and evening bars are all well worth a visit. The park around Mount Etna is a must for hikers, walkers and for winter sports. Skiing down a volcano while admiring the sea is a truly unique experience. The villages, scattered across Etna's slopes, such as Linguaglossa, Nicolosi, Ragalna, S.Pietro Clarenza and Trecastagni are rich in folklore, art and tradition. There are also guided tours to the top of the volcano and to the spectacular Gole dell'Alcantara.