Taormina, among scented lemons and oranges, for a final taste of Italy
Visit of Taormina. Back in the 1700s Taormina was already one of the favourite destinations of those taking the Grand Tour who included it among the highly exclusive group of Mediterranean sunspots.
On the other hand its position, perched over the depths below, like a wide terrace nestling over the clear waters of the Ionian Sea, has always appealed to tourists of all ages. Its alleyways open out without warning onto sweeping views of the coast while on one side the horizon is dominated by Etna’s slopes and snow topped peaks.
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Giardini di Naxos
And lastly an itinerary for archaeological enthusiasts, Giardini di Naxos, famous for its digs (visits – from 9am to an hour before sunset) on the tip of Cape Schisò lies to the south of Taormina, along a coastal road rich in typical Sicilian scents and colours. This is an ancient Greek settlement dating back to the 8th century AD which still boasts several, intact, archaeological finds such as the city walls, houses, areas of worship and temples.
Corso Umberto I
Corso Umberto I is the main street in Taormina and if you go along it, a short passageway leads to the so-called naumachia, one of the most important Roman monuments in Sicily – a brick boundary wall erected during the Empire in order to strengthen the rampart.
A visit around the town can start with the Greek Theater – an architectural treasure of Greek times, and the pride and joy of the local population who put on a series of music concerts and classical productions every summer, from July to September.
In spite of some alterations made during the Roman era, the architectural design is more or less original and the building is perfectly conserved. Some impressive ruins can be seen, which once upon a time were tall columns. But it is the view that has made this monument famous worldwide.
From on top of the cavea you can lose yourselves in the indigo of the sea and on calm days you can even glimpse the Calabrian coastline.
Messina is located to the north of Taormina. It was virtually destroyed during the earthquake of 1908 but managed to save some parts of its past.
Pay a visit to the Duomo, the Church of SS. Annunziata dei Catalani and the Regional Museum which houses works by Antonello and Caravaggio.
From a culinary point of view, the city is famous above all for its sesame bread, its soft, sweet breads and various foccacce seasoned with anchovies, tomatoes or cheese. You can find these and other specialities such as rice balls, typical deli meats and cakes at the delicatessen Doddis located in Via Garibaldi.
If you have a sweet tooth, do not forget to try the famous coffee granita with cream and a brioche. Bar Progresso in Viale S. Martino is a good bet.
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