The current Villa Bellini dates back to the eighteenth century, when it belonged to Prince Ignazio Paternò Castello. In the nineteenth century, it was bought by the city of Catania, and expanded to cover two small hills. On top of one of the hills is a place where concerts take place, and on the other there used to be a wood kiosk, donated by the Emperor of China, but it was unfortunately destroyed in a fire. During the month of September, after 4 years of maintenance, the villa was reopened to the public. For me it was a delight to go back to this spot, and walk through the gardens that I loved so much as a child.
A beautiful park directly on the coast giving an amazing viewi and the interior is filled with trees and benches, ideal for an afternoon in the shade, preferably in good company! The park is well maintained, it's not huge, but it's really worth a mention. You just can not stop!
The Balio Gardens are located at the top of Erice. They are near the castle and are seated at the site of the ancient acropolis. They are public gardens built in the nineteenth century, linking the Balio Tower with Venere Castle. It has a lush vegetation, composed mainly of pine and palm trees. A set of bronze busts placed on pedestals of white marble are seen dotting the trails. In these gardens you'll find paths for walking, benches to sit and relax with stunning views, a terrace café, and you will most likely see a peculiar cart pulled by a donkey where you can take a picture (for a fee, of course).