Category Around Us

8 Jul

Castelmola of Taormina

With a single look you can see both the Ionian coast, the monumental Etna, the Bay of Giardini-Naxos, the Cape of S.Alessio, the strait of Messina and the Calabrian coast, either you are on Google Maps or you are in Castelmola. Small village above Taormina is a natural terrace built on the ruins of a […]

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8 Jul

Porto di Catania

Many years ago Taormina was protected by a circle of walls with a triple fortification system, which is located on the north side when you look towards Messina. Continues to the north-east direction and ends in the west on the side facing towards Catania. Traces of these walls can still be seen today in the […]

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8 Jul

Palazzo di Santo Stefano

The Palazzo di Santo Stefano is situated right next to the gate Porta Catania, on the Via De Spuches. Built between the late 1200s and the early 1300s, the palace was part of the medieval walls of Taormina. The Palazzo di Santo Stefano is a masterpiece of Sicilian Romaneque and Gotic style, fitted with Arabic-Norman […]

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8 Jul

Porta Messina

The famous Corso Umberto of Taormina, the road that crosses the entire historical center of the city and frequented by many tourists every day, is closed at the ends by two gates, Porta Catania and Porta Messina. In the middle of the street we find the door called the Clock Tower. The gates were built […]

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8 Jul

Chiesa di San Giuseppe

The church of San Giuseppe in Taormina was built in in the Baroque style between the late 1600s and the early 1700s. This church, dedicated to St. Joseph, is located next to the Clock Tower and faces out onto Piazza IX Aprile. A double staircase, with a balustrade of Syracuse stone, leads up to the entrance. […]

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8 Jul

Taormina Cable Car – Via Pirandello

The cable car is a must-go place. It goes every 15 minutes. In the winter season it runs from 8:00AM to 8:00PM, except on monday when it opens at 9:00AM. Instead, in the summer season, the cable car is open until 1:00AM. The cable car station is situated in Via Luigi Pirandello, at 200m  from […]

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2 Mar

Florence Trevelyan’s garden

A lovely garden located on a cliff with splendid views of the sea on one side, and a view of old Taormina and its Greek Theatre on the other side. Florance Trevelyan has bought Isola Bella in 1890, which was only attached to the mainland by a narrow sandy path off the coast below Taormina, […]

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2 Mar

The Odeon of Taormina

The Odeon is a small theater that is located behind the Palazzo Corvaja, on the main street  of Taormina, the Corso Umberto. The small Roman theater was discovered in 1892 and was probably mainly used for music and literary presentations, which were performed only for the elite of the city. Also there are marble steps […]

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2 Mar

Chiesa di San Pancrazio

Basilica was built by Pope Symmachus (498–514), on this place where the body of young martyr Saint Pancras of Rome, had been buried, Via Aurelia miliario secundo (‘on the Via Aurelia at the second milestone’). The church was originally placed under the care of the Church of S. Crisogono. Due to their neglect of the […]

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1 Mar

MAZZARO BAY

The Bay of Mazzarò in Taormina-Mare has located right north of the Isola Bella. The beach in the Bay of Mazzarò is quite small, but it is certainly of the most beautiful locations in the whole of Sicily. In summer season you can make use lidos on the bay by paying a fee: sun loungers, […]

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