If your chosen travel in Sicily eastern coastline of Sicily, Taormina should be added to your list of places to visit. It is a charming town, small in size but big on character. It was discovered by tourists back in the 1800s, and they’ve never really let go of it ever since. I’m not surprised either since Taormina has plenty to share with every tourist who decides to pay a visit.
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Where shall we begin?
Well, to get a real flavour of Taormina itself, head for the square. On a bright and sunny day, you will be able to appreciate the architecture of the buildings here and the rock that rises behind them. Here and there you will see parts of the original walls of the city, dating back to ancient times. They sit rather nicely, I think, with the modern hustle and bustle of this laid-back town today.
One of the ancient highlights here is the Greek theatre in all its glory. You may already know of the one in Syracuse (that one is larger than the one you will find here), and this one still used just as the one in Syracuse is. The background here is quite stunning because you’ll see Mount Etna in all its glory, providing the perfect backdrop to a visit here.
Back in the town itself, you can also see the Duomo. Again it is the architecture here that is probably the biggest draw. The stone looks so carefully placed to create the Duomo, which was built in the 1200s. You can’t miss the building because there is an equally charming Baroque-style fountain right in front of it. Even after 800 or so years, the Duomo looks strong and easily capable of lasting long after we are all gone – and that’s not a depressing thought at all. It’s lovely to know this building will be around through many other lifetimes.
If you would instead head for the nearest beach, you can sink your toes into the sands at Giardini Naxos. Complete with rows of sun loungers and beach umbrellas, this resort is pleasant and relaxing, with more than two miles of sands to wander along and of course the sea to dip into as well.
Finally, Taormina is good for those among you who love to shop too. The main street in the town is resplendent with antique shops, with no two ever offering the same items. Will you find treasures here or things to take back home as souvenirs? The odds are good that you will. There is also a lovely opportunity to appreciate some traditional Sicilian ceramic items, which may make it home with you safely wrapped up in the middle of your suitcase.
It is the heady mix of elements that makes Taormina so unique for me. The beaches are lovely for those who simply want the traditional sun, sea and sand. There is shopping for those who want to spend, and architecture and ancient sights for those wanting a window onto the past.
What more could anyone ask for than Taormina?