2 years ago I and my friends decided to celebrate their birthdays by going on a trip to Sicily mid-March. One of the days we spend it in Taormina.
Taormina is one of Sicily’s most popular summer destinations that is spectacularly perched on the side of a mountain, a resort town popular with holidaying high-rollers and those wanting a taste of Sicilian dolce vita.
The town merits a couple of days for its stunning ancient theatre, people watching and breath-taking vistas.We spend the day my wondering around this amazing city and I you will see what I recommend to visit. The best thing to do to discover and embrace the historical vibe of this fabulous place is to get lost within the spectacular streets full of tiny shops with original souvenirs, antiques, and local delicatessen and luxury boutiques of Italian designers. Its streets are a pleasure to stroll, lined with romantic buildings and opening onto terraces with stunning views.
Taormina’s premier sight is this perfect horseshoe-shaped theatre, suspended between sea and sky, with Mt Etna looming on the southern horizon. Built in the 3rd century BC, it’s the most dramatically situated Greek theatre in the world and the second largest in Sicily (after Syracuse). We just spend a couple of good minutes admiring the view on a nice bay and this place full of history and also enjoyed the sunbathing.
Taormina Park is also known as Villa Comunale
To escape the crowds, wander down to these stunningly sited public gardens. Created by Englishwoman Florence Trevelyan in the late 19th century, they’re a lush paradise of tropical plants and delicate flowers, punctuated by whimsical follies. You’ll also find a children’s play area where we also spend a couple of minutes and we should never forget the kid from us.
Coming back in the middle of the city, the streets and the piazzas are just incredible due to the perfect combination of history and Mediterranean vibe and all the tourists that populates them.
Piazza Duomo is always full and picturesque alongside the fountain, being an ideal spot to relax. Here you also discover the Duomo – the Cathedral.
Piazza IX Aprile
Piazza IX Aprile, which lies along Corso Umberto, is the charming center of the Sicilian town that opens onto a terrace with a beautiful view of Mt. Etna and the bay view of the azure Ionian Sea. This piazza is where the older part of the town begins, marked by a square stone clock tower. This is the best place where you can enjoy a glass of Sicilian wine and watch the world go by while seated at one of the many cafés and restaurants.
Have you ever been to Taormina let me know what you enjoyed the most and what do you recommend doing there?
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