Between Taormina and Catania, Altarello is a hamlet that is part of the city of Giarre, resting in the shadow of Mt Etna. It is also just a few minutes from the sea, so the beaches and maritime atmosphere at Marina di Riposta and Torre Archirafi can be easily enjoyed and savored.
The hamlet has a neoclassic style church, the Madonna di Porto Salvo, at its center, and the church hosts a statue of the Madonna sculpted in slate -unusual and lovely. The Cenacolo di Gerusalemme is a religious locale that hosts special events like a living nativity and adoration of the eucharist, with a nice garden and view of the sea. To the south of Altarello is the Radice pura Horticulture Park is a beautiful garden on five hectares ( acres) with various zones and 3,000 plant species, which hosts events.
In the area is a luxury hotel that has an upscale restaurant and a spa, if you want a little pampering. A few minutes away at the seaside are loads of excellent seafood restaurants, waterfront cafes and shops, with sea-front walks and beaches to relax and enjoy the water. The city of Giarre is just to the north, practically attached to Alarello, which is a frazione of that city. See our travel guide for more on Giarre. There are plenty of stores and services there, for all your needs.
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