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Taormina (Sicily), Italy

May 30, 2012

Our Tour of  Taormina – 4 hours

What a joy to drive along the scenic winding road to Taormina, a town graced with an extraordinary natural setting and a delightful medieval character. Enjoy a guided walking tour along Taorminaʹs narrow streets past the famous Palazzo Corvaja, a beautifully ornate building whose construction began in the 15th century. A much older architectural wonder, the Greek Theater, dates back to the 3rd century B.C., a reminder of just how long Taormina has been a vibrant city. The theater was rebuilt by the Romans in the 2nd century A.D. and is still used for summer performances. Many people consider the view from the theaterʹs highpoint to be one of the most breathtaking in all of Italy, especially the sweeping panorama of Mount Etna. A leisurely stroll along Corso Umberto, the townʹs main street, takes you past many fine old houses and picture-perfect churches. Plant-lovers will particularly enjoy the Giardini Pubblici, The Public Gardens, with its crisscrossing cobbled paths through the lush exotic flora. 

Taormina was very picturesque with lots of uphill climbs & uneven terrain.  We enjoyed the wonderful scenery & strolling along the old streets.

The Trinacria, symbol of Sicily, is present in the flag of Sicily and also in the Isle of Man

Mount Etna volcano, Europe’s largest active volcano which has frequent eruptions.  The first eruption happened over half a million years ago and the last one was in April of this year.