Taormina is one of the most enchanting places on earth. The town sits
on the hill of Monte Tauro, with two sweeping bays below, and across
to the south is the top of Mount Etna. The views are hugely dramatic,
with over one hundred miles of Mediterranean sea to look at.
Due to Taormina's warm climate and magical
atmosphere, people have been visiting it since time began! Greeks,
Romans, Saracens, Arabs and Normans all flocked there, leaving relics
of their visits. You can still find Greek theatre, the Roman Neumachiae,
the Cathedral of St. Nicolo, which is where the Byzantine Madonna
is housed. She is an oil painting on a wooden panel, covered with
layers of silver and semi-precious stones.
Vast walls to provide the best security surrounded
the town, some of the wall can still be seen, particularly in the
centre of town where the clock tower stands. At each end of the
wall are two gates, Porta Messina and Catania.
Taormina was a great favourite with artists throughout
the centuries, due not only to the breath taking views which they
happily painted, but also because the ‘beau monde' would
visit and spend their money in the numerous art galleries.
There is plenty to do and see. You can lurch between
adventurous, every water sport is available on the various beaches,
or you can be cultured and visit exhibitions in the palazzis
and churches, winding your way through the many ruins. If you prefer
there is golf to be played just half an hour away, or tennis in
the public gardens. Shop in the car free main street or just enjoy
Sicilian cooking in the numerous restaurants and cafés. Visitors
can stay in a range of hotels, from family run trattoria
to 5-star hotels.