Friday, June 2, 2017

THE GREEKS, THE ROMANS, & THE GENTRY'S LOVED TAORMINA SICILY. TRUMP,...WELL, NOT SO MUCH!


It has been an exciting month for Taormina Sicily with the G7 annual conferences of top world leaders and even a stage of the Giro d'Italia cycling race. Marla overlooks this enchanting town founded in the 4th century BCE. A playground for movie actors, famous writers, and royalty, like Elizabeth Taylor, Oscar Wilde, and Tsar Nicholas II. We loved Taormina and if I can help with ideas for your next trip contact me at gentryconnects@gmail.com.

I'm exploring the Teatro Antico original built by the Greeks in the 3rd century BCE and rebuilt by the Romans.

The amphitheater is still used for Symphony, Opera, and Rock concerts. The view is amazing! On clear days you can see the still active volcano, Mount Etna, in the distance.

The ancient Baroque style church, Chiesa di Santa Caterina, is next to the Messina Gate on the Corso Umberto. Its history goes back to the Romans and Greeks.

The town has a myriad of tiny lanes to explore, filled with restaurants and shops.

A man looks out his ancient window to see what's happening.

Our favorite meal on the trip was on the beautiful terrace of the St. George Restaurant of the Ashbee Hotel. The evening was warm and the sparkling lights of the bay below were enchanting.

We had cocktails one evening on the terrace of the Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo.

The Corso Umberto is a great walking street for window shopping. 

A cable car runs every 15 minutes from Taormina to the beaches of Mazzaro below. A one-way ticket is only 3 Euros. 

The "Lido La Pigna" beach club in Mazzaro has a wonderful old-fashioned vibe. I loved the fresh grilled fish for lunch each day. The 5 Star "Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea" is the luxe hotel on the bay and is seen on the left.

The water was warm and inviting.

Even though Taormina has many fabulous hotels we chose to rent an apartment on the cliff overlooking "Isola Bella" in Mazzaro. Marla loves to cook on vacation so we found a little market in a small town nearby to stock up with food and wine. We were in a line of 5 people waiting to check out when this older guy with a shopping buggy and with 2 associates goes right passed us to the front of the line. I could swear I was hearing the "Godfather" soundtrack!

The condominiums are right above the cliff and a few are available to rent. There is an elevator through the rock to a swimming area below.

The bay is gorgeous and at low tide, you can walk across the rock and visit an interesting house on Isola Bella for 2 Euros. The "Mendolia Beach Club" at the north end of the bay has a good restaurant with fresh fish.

Most of the world leaders at the G7 conference (Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, and Japan) took a stroll through town. Undoubtedly, this was a welcome break from all the meetings. Trump followed the group in a golf cart. All the hotels in the high-security zone had to be vacant during the conference and Italian soldiers were everywhere!

The G7 conference was held at the "San Domenico Palace." It was founded in 1374 by the Community of Dominican Friars. It was converted to a luxury hotel in 1896. All the leaders of the G7 stayed in town except President Trump who stayed at a nearby U.S. air base.

I hope you all enjoyed this tour of fabulous Taormina Sicily. I really would love to return some day! 
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