You must be a few centuries old to exude such beauty, poetry, elegance, exquisite refinement….
Enchanted and enchanting is the gracious romantic hilltop town of Taormina. Splendidly situated high above the valley floor, overlooking the Bay of Giardini Naxos, Mt Etna in the distance, the town’s chromatic harmony of colors created by stunning hotels and bed & breakfasts as well as quaint restaurants and coffee shops located along its alleys, makes this town one of the most heavenly destinations in all of Sicily.
A mix of Norman, Byzantine, Roman, Greek and Medieval architectural styles are showcased throughout its serene alleys. On the main piazza lies the Chiesa di San Nicola and as you continue strolling through the idyllic alleys of this Sicilian jewel, you will walk into Palazzo Corvaja -noble families resided here from the 1500s to 1945. Historically, it was the seat of the Sicilian Parliament which later moved to Palermo where it still remains today (at Palazzo dei Normanni). The most illustrious antiquity of Taormina remains Il Teatro Greco – with no equal for scenic staging and view. A number of international music, literary, cinematic, fashion festivals are presented here throughout the year.
The people of Taormina reflect the strata of culture of this open air living room that resembles a Fellinian stage where characters of all genres walk before your eyes: local artists painting passersby’s, clowns holding balloons and souvenirs, two mandolin players serenading in Sicilian and Neapolitan, actors and actresses, VIPs, singers, models, local families enjoying an afternoon stroll, international couples getting married in the main piazza, an explosion of life, love, joy.
Here are some of my favorite highlights from Taormina…..more reasons to visit this picturesque Sicilian hamlet in the upcoming days with a few more photos and impressions….wishing you a beautiful summer evening. Francesca