Not just golden beaches, crystal clear sea and luxury hotels. Taormina, famous all over the world for its marine beauties and landscapes, also has a vast historical, cultural and archaeological heritage. Thanks to this characteristic, the Sicilian town has always exerted a great fascination and has seduced, since the last centuries, poets and writers of international caliber such as Goethe, Byron, Wilde and Hemingway.The most famous archaeological site is the Greek Theater, a great testimony to the influence of Greek culture in southern Italy, which is the largest ancient theater on the island after the one in Syracuse. Built by the Greeks in III a.C., they chose to place it in a position that dominated the city and had a spectacular view of the coast. Suspended between sea and sky, there is a staircase carved into the rock that follows the natural concavity of the hill starting from the bottom and climbing up to the summit: from here you can enjoy a magnificent view of the Calabrian coast and the Sicilian Ionian coast with the volcano Etna in the background. Rich in floral and arboreal beauty, the Municipal Villa is a pleasant oasis of tranquility in the city center. Built as a typical English garden, its park was filled with a great variety of flowers and plants from all over the world; the most characteristic building of the Villa is the so-called “Beehives”, an imaginative pavilion that recalls, as the name implies, a beehive.
In the evocative Piazza del Duomo stands the city’s Cathedral dedicated to St. Nicholas, which resembles a fortress. In front of the Cathedral, you can admire the seventeenth-century fountain of Baroque style, which contains the symbol of the city of Taormina in the center, which means the crowned centaur that holds the world in the left hand and the scepter of the command in the right one. Corso Umberto I is the main street of Taormina: characterized by the succession of shops, fashion and souvenir shops, delis and coffee shops, today Corso Umberto is full of architectural and artistic testimonies from different eras that offer beautiful views, medieval churches and remains of antiquity. An evocative panoramic terrace overlooking the sea is Piazza IX April in the center of the town. Incorporated within the ancient defensive walls of the city, the fourteenth-century Palace of the Dukes of Santo Stefano is considered a masterpiece of Sicilian gothic art with a mixture of Arab and Norman elements.One of its kind is Isola Bella: an island large about 1 sq. Km, rich in lush vegetation joined to the mainland by a thin strip of sand, that is submerged in the days of high tide. Located in the enchanting bay after the promontory of Capotaormina, Isola Bella is nicknamed the ” the Mediterranean pearl”.
A land characterized by all kinds of beauty and a history that lasted almost three thousand years that will leave you speechless, thanks also to the characteristic medieval villages and breathtaking views that can be admired from the places that surround Taormina, to be visited absolutely during a daily excursion.