What to see in Giardini Naxos
The remains of ancient Naxos are located on Cape Schisò: excavations have brought to light much interesting information about the fifth century BC city. Its urban layout was very regimented, straight lines and traverses intersecting each other, forming small blocks where the houses of the settlers stood.
Part of the original walls of the Naxos town has been uncovered with large lava blocks running a length of 600 meters. There is also an area where an important sanctuary was found, probably dedicated to Aphrodite, in which there was discovered the foundation of an even earlier construction.
Due to the furnaces utilized for the production of ceramics, Giardini Naxos was apparently a small center of skilled artisans.
Giardini Naxos doveva essere un piccolo centro di abili artigiani, visto le fornaci utilizzate per la realizzazione delle ceramiche.
The Archaeological Museum of Giardini Naxos shows the remains of important interests found during excavations since 1979. The first floor is devoted mainly to prehistoric remains: a lot of pottery and vessels, which run across the stages of settlement of Giardini Naxos, from the fourth millennium BC to the Bronze Age.
On the first floor instead, are preserved fragments relative to the center of Naxos, from the coming of the Greeks to the Byzantine era. Here too the material, which is most abundant, without doubt, are ceramics, plain or decorated in different styles, as well as different funerary objects from the fifth century BC derived from places near Naxos.
Few remnants or workings of ceramics from the Roman and Byzantine periods are exhibited.
Lastly, it should be emphasized, that finds of different ages still exist under the grounds of Giardini Naxos.
The sea of Giardini Naxos
The fine sandy beach of Giardini Naxos practically covers the long bay, with Hill Tauro behind it, from which Taormina seems to observe the coast. The water is usually very clean, although the sandy bottom does not grant great diving spectacles.
The beach is well equipped and alternates its diverse stretches of public beaches with private clubs. At night, the twinkling lights of the bay reflect on the water, giving the scenic bay an almost magical look.
Historical Background of Giardini Naxos
In the eighth century BC, it was right in Giardini Naxos that the early Greeks landed to begin the colonization of Sicily. To pay homage to the gods, who favored their expansion initiative, there was built the great Altar of Apollo, patron deity of the Greek colonies in Sicily. The city maintained a more charismatic role than economic, to the point of being considered sacred by those very same Greeks.
It was at the hands of Syracuse that Giardini Naxos was defeated in the fifth century BC., and from that time, it remained a small center, mostly forgotten by the rest of the historical events that occurred in Sicily.
Giardini Naxos by Night
If you are looking for nightlife during the summer, it would be difficult to find any better than Giardini Naxos. The seaside promenade is a place where young people and families are accustomed to enjoy the coolness of the sea while indulging with an ice cream or a drink during evening walks. In the later hours of the night, there is certainly no shortage of bars and clubs to go dancing and then watch the sunrise over the bay.
Due to its touristic calling, Giardini and its vicinity have no scarcity of restaurants and pizzerias where you can taste the typical dishes of the area.
To avoid being stuck in traffic, or spend too much time looking for parking, we recommend, especially during the peak of summer, to move about on two wheels.