What do Goethe, Alexander Dumas, Brahms, Gustav Klimt, D.H. Lawrence, Richard Wagner, Oscar Wilde, Truman Capote, John Steinbeck, Cary Grant, Elizabeth Taylor, Woody Allen and Francis Ford Coppola have in common? They all visited and loved Taormina, a Sicilian gem. Taormina is a jewel box of a town, perched elegantly high above the sea. We recently visited Sicily and loved it!
The “Teatro Antico” was built in the 3rd century by the Greeks and later enlarged during the Roman era. It once hosted works by Aeschylus and Sophocles. The setting is magnificent with views of Mount Etna and the Bay of Naxos below.
Colorful majolica Moorish themed pottery heads are a common sight on Taormina balconies.
Marla walks up the Via Teatro Greco on the way to the famous Grand Hotel Timeo for cocktails.
Corso Umberto, Taormina’s main thoroughfare, is packed with tourists and locals window shopping and enjoying many fine restaurants serving delicious local cuisine and wines.
The quaint lane of Via Naumachie contains ruins of a former Roman reservoir.
The Piazza Aprile is a great place for people watching. The clock tower was built in the 12th century.
Wedding guests are waiting to enter Santa Caterina church for a wedding. It was built in a Baroque style in the 17th century on a Greek temple site.
Below Taormina are the beautiful beach areas of Isola Bella and Mazzaro. In low tide it is possible to walk to the beautiful island of Isola Bella.
The beach club of Lido La Pigna has a retro feel, but is really fun. Their restaurant serves wonderful freshly caught fish.
***After viewing the Youtube video of Taormina you will definitely have this on your short-list of must-see places to visit on a future adventure!