|| Home |||April-12th-2003|
Taormina was our vacation place from where we went on our day trips. Although the town is no doubt very touristic, it has nevertheless, due to the old buildings, the narrow lanes and hidden corners, not lost its special charm. Our small hotel (Villa Greta) was fantastically situated high above with a wonderful view of the bay of Taormina and the majestic Etna. The town virtually lay at your feet. At night the view turned into a sparkling ocean of lights and the moon was reflected in the water of the bay. It is amazing what building work was partly accomplished in order to build settlements on Sicily. Of course, that view had also its price. In order to get to the hotel, we always had to walk strongly uphill. Fortunately, there were stairs which shortened the zigzags of the street. It was not less exhausting though. This had one advantage: it was a good fitness training and we got in real good shape. The Corso Umberto is the main street and pedestrian precinct of Taormina. It is enclosed by two town gates (Porta Messina at the eastern and Porta Catania at the western end). Twice the Corso widens, at the Piazza IX Aprile and at the Piazza Duomo, the two main squares of the town. The most famous building of Taormina is the Greek-Roman theater (Teatro Greco). We did not visit the theater however. 4,50 € for a few excavations, probably again without any explanations, were simply not worth it. In the summer months cultural events and performances take place regurlarly in the theater. The beautiful town park is an oasis of peace. The ascent up to the Castello on the summit of the Monte Tauro, the home mountain of Taormina, is also worthwhile - not because of the half-decayed Castello, rather because of the fantastic view, in particular at night.