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Taormina

N 3751.138', E 1517.523'
2015-11-26
http://www.traveltaormina.com/en/
Our rating: 8.00
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Taormina is the best town in Sicily, be sure to include it to your route. It is also the best place to observe the Etna.

Taormina Map
Taormina Map @

We stayed here for two nights in the hotel Villa Diodoro (booking.com), which offers best views of the volcano (on the map it is below the lower point 2). It has a huge roof terrace with great views.

View of Mount Etna from Taormina
View of Mount Etna from Taormina Yuriy Buriak


View of Mount Etna from Taormina
View of Mount Etna from Taormina Yuriy Buriak


View of Mount Etna from Taormina
View of Mount Etna from Taormina Yuriy Buriak


Taormina
Taormina Yuriy Buriak


Taormina
Taormina Yuriy Buriak

Viewpoint Belvedere is in 5-minute walk from the hotel. It offers a good view of the islands and the beaches, which can be reached by cable car, though in the end of November it was not working.

Taormina
Taormina Yuriy Buriak

It is also a good idea to come here and watch the sunrise.

Sunrise in Taormina
Sunrise in Taormina Yuriy Buriak

On the other side of the hotel is the city park with various military exhibits, cats and birds. And of course with a great view of the city.

Taormina
Taormina Yuriy Buriak


Taormina
Taormina Yuriy Buriak


Taormina
Taormina Yuriy Buriak


Taormina
Taormina Yuriy Buriak


Taormina
Taormina Yuriy Buriak


Taormina
Taormina Yuriy Buriak


Taormina
Taormina Yuriy Buriak

Trees in a memory of the soldiers.

Taormina
Taormina Yuriy Buriak

And over the hotel is a well-preserved ancient theatre (third century BC, opening times and prices).

Ancient Theatre in Taormina
Ancient Theatre in Taormina Yuriy Buriak


Ancient Theatre in Taormina
Ancient Theatre in Taormina Yuriy Buriak


Taormina
Taormina Yuriy Buriak

It's hard to get lost in Taormina, as there is only one main street (1). All the houses are very well maintained.

Taormina
Taormina Yuriy Buriak


Taormina
Taormina Yuriy Buriak


Taormina
Taormina Yuriy Buriak


Taormina
Taormina Yuriy Buriak


Taormina
Taormina Yuriy Buriak


Taormina
Taormina Yuriy Buriak


Taormina
Taormina Yuriy Buriak

But that's not all. High above Taormina is Castelmola, a small, picturesque village. It can be reached by the bus from the bus station, though we took a taxi for 10 euros.

 The observation deck in Castelmola
The observation deck in Castelmola Yuriy Buriak


Castelmola
Castelmola Yuriy Buriak


Castelmola
Castelmola Yuriy Buriak


Castelmola
Castelmola Yuriy Buriak


Castelmola
Castelmola Yuriy Buriak

At the top of the village there is a ruined castle.

Castelmola
Castelmola Yuriy Buriak

Down we went on foot along the path 3 to the Saracens castle (22) and the rock church of Madonna della Rocca (23).

Along the way found a ripe persimmon.

Taormina
Taormina Yuriy Buriak

Passed third of the way. Castelmola has remained at the top.

Castelmola
Castelmola Yuriy Buriak

Saracens castle (22)

Saracens castle
Saracens castle Yuriy Buriak

View of Castelmola from the church

Taormina
Taormina Yuriy Buriak

Rock church of Madonna della Rocca (23)

The rock church of Madonna della Rocca in Taormina
The rock church of Madonna della Rocca in Taormina Yuriy Buriak


The rock church of Madonna della Rocca in Taormina
The rock church of Madonna della Rocca in Taormina Yuriy Buriak

View of Taormina

Taormina
Taormina Yuriy Buriak

From the church to Taormina we went down by stairs (5). At night they are illuminated with lanterns.

Taormina
Taormina Yuriy Buriak

Tip: From the center of Taormina you can quickly get down to the train station along the path 6. Though do not walk there after the rain.

Getting there: Taormina has a railway station and you can come here from Messina or Catania. However, the station is near the sea and Taormina is on the mountain, so you also have to take a taxi for 15 EUR. Therefore, the best choice would be a bus (http://interbus.it).
Tags, Italy: amphitheater, antique city, beach, city, height, observation deck, park

Tags, all countries: amphitheater, antique city, beach, city, height, observation deck, park
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