When you think of Sicily, you probably think of charming towns set in a magical landscape, with cozy restaurants and long beaches. But of all the beautiful villages, only one is known all over the world. This is the town of Taormina, which has been mentioned in many books about art, culture, and travel. Even the fact that movie stars and other important people liked her a lot did not hurt her popularity.
It’s important to know that Taormina is about three-quarters of an hour’s drive from Catania, which is a great way to see the sights, and that Mount Athena is not far away. The town is 200 meters above sea level and right next to the water.
The streets are narrow and sometimes don’t seem to make sense. But you have nothing to be afraid of. There’s no need to worry about getting lost. These alleys will eventually lead you to where you want to go, and along the way, you will see things, meet people, and pass shops that you won’t want to miss. The main road, Corso Umberto, is the most beautiful of all the streets. And no, you haven’t seen this street before, even if it looks familiar. This street was used to film many movies, including the classic “The Godfather.”
The main thing to see in this busy town is the old theater. This is what’s left of a large and impressive Greek theater from the 3rd century B.C. when the Greeks were in charge of the area. People who sit in the ancient amphitheater can see a show that has been going on for a long time: Mount Athena on the horizon counting down the hours until its next eruption. Athena is a permanent part of the landscape in general. Nearly everywhere in the town, he looks at himself from a distance and shoots lava or smoke at himself. Also, Taormina is a good place to start if you want to hike Mount Athena.
The town’s beaches are another thing to see. They have blue water, nice sand, and a great feeling. There are also beaches where people can go naked if they want to. Near the town, Forza Degro is the first official nudist beach in Italy. Mazaro Beach is popular with both locals and visitors who like to swim with their suits on.
Of course, food is a big deal in Sicily, and this town is no different. There are great restaurants, high-quality coffee shops, and a lot of ice cream shops. In addition to the great food, sitting in restaurants and cafes in the town is a great way to enjoy both the food and the view. There’s nothing like sipping coffee in one of Taormina’s piazzas and taking in a unique atmosphere. After all, there must be a reason why the town has been popular with tourists since the 1800s.
Churches and interesting historical sites, like the Church of Santa Caterina of Alexandria, the Church of St. Joseph or the Sicilian Parliament, and the Duomo di San Nicola, can be found in Taormina. When you go to Taormina, you should check out these exciting and beautiful historical sites.
If you still have some time, you should go to the Trevilian Gardens. In the 18th century, rare trees and flowers were planted along beautiful, well-kept paths.
In short, it’s a crazy little town that’s worth spending at least one day in.