Taormina is a town in the province of Messina of a extremely beauty and charm, from a landscape point of view, architectural and climatology. From here in fact you can see the Etna Europe’s largest volcano still active, fantastic sea that goes from the beach of St. Alessio passing through Giardini Naxos and S. Mark Calatabiano. In the past it was considered a resort for wealthy tourists (Vip), and it is for this reason that arose beautiful and exclusive Grand Hotels and entertainment structures. From there famous international directors and film actors passed (several movies have been filmed in this fantastic environment), and various world events are organized here every year in the context of art, music, theater and entertainment in general. In recent years Taormina has become a tourist destination which attracts many tourists from all over the world. As a result, thanks to a great receptivity of the city and neighboring countries (many hotels, B & B, holiday homes, as well as countless restaurants), thanks to a functional municipal administrative machine that manages to propagate beautifully the image of the city in the world, a number of conferences, meetings and other events of international importance are organized in this wonderful city.
To be seen
– Historical buildings
– Natural areas
Greek Theatre: The Greek Theatre is the most famous monument of Taormina. Built by Greeks (third century B.C.) for representations dramatic and musical theater in the second century. It was modified and expanded by the Romans who turned it into a place of fights between gladiators and hunting shows (venationes). The theater homes, for several years during the summer, concerts and cultural events. The most important is the Taormina Arte, the International Festival of the Arts, known and appreciated for its full calendar of music, theater, dance and cinema.
Villa Comunale: The Villa Comunale was originally the home park of Lady Florence Trevelyan, a Scottish noble woman, a cousin of Queen Victoria of England. He lived in Taormina in 1884 and married the mayor of that time, Prof. Salvatore Cacciola. The park was created precisely as a typical English garden in which were placed many species of rare plants.
Palazzo Corvaja: It named after the family that owned it from 1538 to 1945. It is an example of fifteenth-century architecture in the center of the city, and now houses the Museum of Art and Popular Traditions, hosting every year the works of great artists. In the early fifteenth century, it was proposed to house the assemblies of the Sicilian Parliament. The first session took place in August 1409. In that meeting, he was elected new king of Sicily Martin the Elder, who left the regency of Sicily to the daughter- in- law of Navarre White.
Cathedral of Taormina: The construction of the Cathedral, dates from the thirteenth century, the area and the remains of an earlier medieval basilica. The town Cathedral dedicated to St. Nicholas it is part of the medieval buildings of Taormina and in external appearance secures the Romanesque-Gothic Sicilian architecture characters. The first cathedral of Taormina, in truth, was the former church of St. Francis of Paola. Following the entrance of the Normans in Sicily, with the Altavilla, the city that until the Byzantine era has a prominent role in culture and religion, became a archdiocese but in 1078, it passes to the city of Troina, beloved by Count Roger.
Piazza IX Aprile: It is the most famous square of Taormina and is a panoramic terrace overlooking the sea, the famous center of Taormina mundane life. Its outdoor café, religious buildings and historic buildings and the spectacular views of the gulf and Etna make this square an exclusive place. On the square facing the baroque church of St. Joseph (seventeenth century), the former Gothic church of St Agostino and the Clock Tower, or Porta di Mezzo, whose arch gives access to the old city.
Corso Umberto I: It is the main street of Taormina of greek-Roman period that pass through the historic center.
It is a succession of shops, boutiques and souvenir and café, the narrow way today is a lively pedestrian promenade, where every day thousands of visitors from around the world go by. Besides being an elegant shopping street, the Corso is rich in architectural and artistic treasures from different eras. At the center of the course is the Clock Tower, or Tower of the middle, which divides the Greek-Roman part from the Medieval.
Palazzo di Santo Stefano: The fourteenth-century palace of the Dukes of Santo Stefano is considered a masterpiece of Gothic Sicilian with a mixture of Arab and Norman elements. It was built between the late 1300s and the early years of the 1400s Palace of the Dukes of S. Stefano is next door to Catania, once known as “Porta del Tocco”.
Isola Bella: A little island full of lush vegetation to the mainland by a thin strip of sand, which in the central section, the sequence of the tides, brings out or leaves covered with crystal-clear waters of the bay.