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The beautiful Taormina is located in the province of Messina and is one of the most tourist-friendly and unmissable places in Sicily. Set on a cliff overlooking the Ionian Sea and inhabited in the past by Greeks and Romans, it is rich in treasures and a fantastic Greek-Roman theater where concerts and plays are still held today.
What to see in Taormina
Certainly the main attraction is the Greek-Roman Theater, which is also the most important ancient monument in Taormina. From there, there is a magnificent view of the Gulf of Schisò and the imposing Mount Etna. Also worth visiting are Isola Bella also called the pearl of the Mediterranean, The Cathedral of Taormina, Palazzo Corvaja, the stunning Piazza IX Aprile, Mount Etna and all the beaches of Taormina.
What to do in Taormina
In addition to the fantastic sailing excursions, every year in June the film festival is not to be missed! With world stars, theatrical events, and then the cuisine! The swordfish rolls, pasta with sardines and the famous granita.
Excursions to Taormina
We are not talking about just any tourist resort but a small treasure chest containing a thousand treasures: breathtaking beaches, the medieval quarter, the remains of its Greek and Roman past. Taormina is about an hour north from Catania.
The historical and artistic heritage of Taormina is remarkable.
Corso Umberto I is the main street of Taormina: along it you arrive at Palazzo Corvaja, a medieval structure of the tenth century built during the Arab domination. It is located in Piazza Badia near the church of Santa Caterina d’Alessandria recognizable by its tower.
Near Palazzo Corvaja you can see the small Odeon theater built by the Romans in 21 BC.
The most important theater remains the Theater Greco di Taormina both for its historical-cultural importance and because it hosts theatrical performances, fashion shows, concerts, film festivals.
Also from Corso Umberto I you arrive at the Duomo, the 13th century Cathedral with its fountain Baroque.
Other noteworthy palaces are the Gothic-style Palazzo della Badia Vecchia and Palazzo Ciampoli which houses the Hotel Palazzo Vecchio.
The Antiquarium is a small archaeological museum which houses finds from the period Greco-Roman.
Between one visit and another, find some relaxation in the Gardens of the Villa Comunale, a green paradise full of delicate flowers and tropical plants.
On the steep mountain overlooking Taormina, there is a small church near the Castle Saraceno: Madonna della Rocca.
About 50 minutes from Taormina, you can reach the Alcantara Gorges, more than 25 meters high and between 2 and 4 meters wide.
The volcanic material from the northern side of Etna, cooling in contact with the waters of the river, has created original shapes, drawing a sort of narrow canyon between two overhanging walls.
The waters of the river are cold but, if you wear fishing boots, you can cross it without problems.
Do not miss the Aeolian Islands and Isola Bella located at the foot of Taormina: to reach them you can enjoy a wonderful boat trip.
A guided tour at the foot of Etna is inevitable. The volcano is about an hour’s drive from Taormina.
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