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  • Day240


    February 21, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    As a day trip from Giardini Naxos, we took the bus to the beautiful hillside town of Taormina. The journey was an experience all in itself, with the coach driver gesticulating wildly with one hand as he held a high volume animated conversation with a passenger. He rattled through narrow spaces we'd have been nervous driving the van through and swung round switchback bends with sheer drops to the side. It was when he placed his i pad on the steering wheel and started typing away with his other hand that we really began to feel nervous!

    As we climbed we were treated to incredible views of snowtopped Mount Etna rising up from the vast blue sea below. After 20 minutes we pulled into the small bus station, checked the return times and set off up the hill to the old town. Passing by the two armed miltary personel and under the archway, we progressed up the cobbled streets towards Teatro Greco, a 1800 year old Greek Ampitheatre at the top of the hill.

    We bought our €10 entry tickets and started up the stone steps as green speckled lizards scuttled accross our path and up the walls. The teatro itself was pretty cool with staging, stone pillars and tunnels, but the view of Mount Etna just 20miles away and the coastline below was jaw dropping. We were incredibly lucky to visit on such a clear day and feel we got the best out of the site.

    After perusing the display of ancient stone tablets and a small sarcophagus, we went in search of food in town. We didn't want much, so we decided on a place called Piliere that was giving out flyers in the street and whose prices seemed reasonable. In short, we wish we hadn't! Climbing up to the 2nd floor we chose to sit on the balcony, only to be covered with flaking plaster and paint from the wall that acted as a backrest. Vicky had a salad but the Iceberg lettuce lived up to its name a little too much with the ice crystals it had on it. The upside to the experience was meeting a Canadian couple who were on an 8 month tour. We chatted away and each told of our favourite places in the world and our plans for future travel.
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  • Day52


    October 20, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    After a late check-in and a night of rain and bad weather forecasts, we woke to a beautiful sunny day. A hurricane had hit Sicily two days before we arrived and the weather forecast hasn't looked good but for some reason the forecasts seem to be wrong as we always end up with sunny days. Very lucky. I really wasn't sure what to expect from Taormina after our arrival last night and have to admit I was pleasantly surprised.

    After a delicious breakfast on the terrace overlooking the bay, we hit the streets and started touring. First stop was the ancient Roman Amphitheatre - more on that shortly. After the theatre we decided to just wander and explore the town. By now we have seen a lot of "tourist" towns and while Taormina had the usual tourist shops, there was also a lot of variety and some pretty cool things to see. If only we lived a lot closer and didn't have to worry about excess luggage. I would have bought so much. There was a nice feel about Taormina and it was a pity we didn't have a bit more time here to explore a bit more.

    We found our way down to the main square, we had no idea how big the town was, and got to enjoy the view, check out some of the old churches and buildings, and listen to some Sicilian buskers. A very pleasant afternoon. There were lots of cool restaurants and cafes tucked away in the alleyways and we found a lovely one to stop and have a light lunch. We had enjoyed a very delicious Arancini ball on the ferry on the way over and had discovered they were a staple in Sicily and we wanted more. Lunch was an aracini ball and a glass or two of local wine. We also happened to start chatting to a couple sat next to us and had a lovely time exchanging stories and getting some gossip on some stars from a tv show we watch as they knew the cast members. It was a pleasant way to spend the afternoon.

    We ended our day in Taormina with a delicious Sicilian dinner at Bella Blu, a great restaurant overlooking the ocean. I love that we get given a shot when we pay the bill at the end of the night. Tonight's shot was a lemon vodka slushie and it was delicious, except for the brain freeze that followed from drinking it so quickly. Another great night with great food and company. Thankfully Brad and I aren't sick of each other yet.
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  • Day52

    Taormina's Treasures

    October 20, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Okay, so these aren't officially treasures of Taormina but these are things I loved about this town. Even though a lot of the buildings looked a little worse for wear and a bit run down, almost every balcony and alleyway was decorated with some form of ceramic statue or planter. And I just loved it. I loved the colours and vibrancy these pieces added to the town and I just wish I could replicate some of these settings at home. For that reason alone, it needed it's own post.

    One of the figures we saw everywhere was the three legged lady. This is called Trinacria which means triquetra and refers to the shape of the island of Sicily. Sicily was known by the Romans as Trinacrium, meaning “star with three points”. The Trinacria symbol is the head of Medusa (a gorgon with a head of snakes), surrounded by three bent running legs, and three stalks of wheat. Due to the island's distinct triangular shape, the symbol has also been adopted by the Sicilian government and is located on the centre of Sicily's flag.

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  • Day52

    Teatro Antico di Taormina

    October 20, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    First stop for today was Teatro Antico di Taormine, the Ancient theatre of Taormina. The Teatro antico di Taormina is an ancient Greek theatre built in the third century BC. It is built for the most part of brick, and is therefore probably of Roman date, though the plan and arrangement are in accordance with those of Greek, rather than Roman, theatres. It is believed that the present structure was rebuilt upon the foundations of an older theatre of the Greek period.

    With a diameter of 120 metres (after an expansion in the 2nd century), this theatre is the second largest of its kind in Sicily and is frequently used for operatic and theatrical performances and for concerts. The greater part of the original seats have disappeared, but the wall which surrounded the whole arena is preserved.

    The view from here was amazing and added to the pleasure of visiting this site. It is still so hard to fathom that we are standing in something that was built so long ago.
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  • Day424


    June 13, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    From Syracuse we cruised to Isola Ciclopi and Acitrezzi where we anchored up in a tight spot between the breakwater and the rocks. Photo one was taken as we were approaching we ended up anchored just the other side of the high rock in the middle of picture, we think Take Five has formed the backdrop for photos by most of the inhabitants as everyone seemed to take a photo while they were out on their evening promenade.
    Then onwards to our current location in Taormina bay, underneath the town, photo 2 taken at mooring looking up old town. Today we walked around the very picturesque town, this is the most touristy place we have been to so far in Italy, but by far the most beautiful and clean. Photo 3 shows Etna with an odd disc like cloud forming, photo 5 shows Take Five with her more illustrious neighbours, there have been 6 different super yachts around today, the yacht yachts are cruise ships but the motor cruisers appear private.
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  • Day13

    Taormina, Italy

    August 15, 2017 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 70 °F

    As we traveled to the mountain top village of Castelmola, we viewed the smoke coming from Mount Etna. We walked this extremely old village with its tiny houses then sampled almond liqueur and sponge cake.
    We then went to Taormina and walked its narrow streets and piazzas. Our tour ended when we walked though the ancient Greco-Roman Theatre that is still used today.Read more

  • Day7

    Mt Etna and Taormina, Sicily

    October 8, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    We arrived at the port of Messina, Sicily today. Decided to take a tour to Mt Etna and then to a small mountain village of Taormina. We travelled up 2000 metres to Crater Silvestri. This crater formed in 1892 after a massive eruption of Mt Etna. Mount Etna is one of the most active volcanoes in the world, there have been at least 10 eruptions since 2000, the most recent in March 2017. We walked around the rim of Crater Silvestri.
    Taormina is a small village built on one of the mountain tops in the Messina region. We walked down the centre of the village which has an abundance of tourist shops, Sicilian ceramic shops and lots of restaurants. A very pretty place.
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  • Day42


    September 11, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Mein letzter Stop in Sirakrus mit der besten Meeresfrüchtepizza aller Zeiten hat mir gut gefallen. Taormina, wo ich jetzt bin finde ich aber nochmal schöner. Hier bin ich drei Nächte geblieben und konnte einen Ausflug zum Ätna machen. Wir haben alte Lavakrater besucht und eine Höhle in einem Lavastrom in der früher Eis gelagert wurde. Dann sind wir zu einem Weingut gefahren wo es ein Menu mit drei Weinen vom Ätna gab. Anschliessend waren alle. Tourteilnehmer etwas müde 😁. Die letzte Station war ein Flussbett mit Lava-Gesteinsformationen ähnlich denen in England. Leider war der Ort sehr touristisch aber trotzdem beeindruckend. Die Vulkanische Landschaft war wunderschön, da muss ich definitiv wieder hin mit mehr Zeit zum Zeichnen und Fotografieren. Die Farben der Pflanzen vor der schwarzen Lava, wow! Und schön kühl wars, hat mich an den Norden erinnert mit Kiefernwäldern und Birken. Zum Glück geht es weiter mit den Vulkanen. Meine nächste Station ist Stromboli. Da fahre ich heute mit der Fähre hin.Read more

  • Day108

    Taormina- doppelt hält besser

    December 27, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    David und Corinna haben ihren Besuch gut vorbereitet und so hatten sie eine Liste im Gepäck mit Unternehmungen, welche in der Nähe (nicht mehr als 1,5 h Autofahrt pro Strecke) unserer Ferienwohnung lagen. Für uns war das super entspannend, mal nicht raussuchen zu müssen was wir am nächsten Tag tun wollen.

    Für diesen Tag stand erneut Taormina auf dem Programm. Wir schlenderten bei herrlichem Sonnenschein gemeinsam durch die schönen Gässchen der Stadt. Auch das Castello di Taormina und die Chiesa Madonna della Rocca hoch oben auf dem Berg fanden diesmal einen Platz in unserer Tour. Wir kamen zwar in beide nicht rein, hatten aber einen hervorragenden Ausblick über die Stadt bis hin zum Ätna, der noch immer vom Ausbruch am Montag qualmte.

    Im Anschluss statteten wir noch der Isola Bela einen kleinen Besuch ab und machten einen Cappuccino-Stop.

    Wir haben noch viele Dinge entdeckt, welche wir bei unserem ersten Taorminabesuch vor zwei Tagen verpasst hatten, so dass sich der zweite Besuch auf jeden Fall gelohnt hat.
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  • Day3

    Taormina, Sizilien

    May 15, 2015 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Aufgrund der malerischen Landschaft, des milden Klimas und zahlreicher historischer Sehenswürdigkeiten entwickelte sich die Stadt im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert zu einem der wichtigsten Touristenzentren Siziliens. Besonders bekannt und sehenswert sind das antike Theater mit Blick auf den Ätna und den Golf von Giardini-Naxos und die kleine Insel Isola Bella vor der Küste TaorminasRead more

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