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  • 1 Taormina Greek Theatre Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Via del Teatro-Greco 40 I - 98039 Taormina

    Le theatre was built by the Greeks but remodelled by the Romans who laid it out for circus games. Profiting from the terrain, the builders carved out part of the stone seats from the rock. From the high cavea, you will be enchanted by the magnificent..

  • 2 Gardens of the Villa Communale Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Via Roma I - 98039 Taormina

    Lady Florence Trevelyan loved to watch the birds in this floral park. In order not to frighten away her little friends, she had all sorts of shelters built, some curious, others frankly exotic, although many are in a sorry state today. Look out for o..

  • 3 Square of the 9th April (Piazza IX Aprile) Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza IX Aprile I - 98039 Taormina

    On a balcony overlooking the sea, a divine square! Three sides are enclosed by the churches of S. Giuseppe, S. Agostino (now a library) and the tower de the Clock whose arch provides access to the old town. The fourth is open to the gulf and Etna. Th..

  • 4 Corso Umberto I Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Corso Umberto I I - 98039 Taormina

    The Corso Umberto I is the ideal place to stroll. It is peaceful and gently sloping and is enclosed at one end by the Messina gate and at the other by the Catania gate. It is punctuated by three squares and bordered with cafes, restaurants and shops ..

  • 5 St Pancras' Church of Taormina

    Religious buildings

    Corso Umberto I I - 98039 Taormina

    St Pancras was the first bishop of Taormina and his fellow citizens built this church in honour of their pastor in the 17C, utilising a temple that their distant ancestors had dedicated to Zeus. Note the graceful doorway, flanked by niches containing..

  • 6 Victor Emmanuel Square (Piazza Vittorio Emanuele)

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza Vittorio Emanuele I - 98039 Taormina

    This is the first square on the way down the Corso Umberto I from the Messina gate. This was previously the forum and it is flanked by the church of Santa Caterina with an attractive Baroque doorway, behind which are some remains of a small red brick..

  • 7 Corvaja palace (Palazzo Corvaja)

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza Vittorio Emanuele I - 98039 Taormina

    Arab foundations and courtyard; Gothic-Catalan windows and portal; Norman Parliament room (the Sicilian parliament sat here in the 15C); one 13C wing, and another from the 15C: everyone contributed to build this palace which has been renovated after ..

  • 8 Piazza Duomo

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza Duomo I - 98039 Taormina

    The emblem of Taormina, the centaur, dominates the attractive Baroque Fountain in the centre of this square. But this centaur is female and instead of having four legs like any self-respecting centaur, it has two arms that are used to hold up the glo..

  • 9 Naumachia

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Via Giardinazzo I - 98039 Taormina

    The blind redbrick arcades that can be seen in a small street parallel to the Corso Umberto I were probably used to support a huge cistern which formed part of a rectangular building. Their name recalls the naval battle spectaculars that the Romans w..

  • 10 Palace of the Dukes of Santo Stefano

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Via del Ghetto I - 98039 Taormina

    Dating from the 15C and later fortified, the palace was built for the Dukes of Santo Stefano, a noble family of Spanish origin. The frieze of lozenges in alternating black and white Syracuse lava rock that flanks the elaborate arcaded high facade is ..

  • 11 Old Abbey (Badia Vecchia)

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Via Dionisio I I - 98039 Taormina

    Despite the name, it was never an abbey but a massive tower. The style and the two-coloured frieze which bounds and underline the storeys, like floral lacework, and the attractive twin windows are very reminiscent of the Santo Stefano palace.

  • 12 Ciampoli palace (Palazzo Ciampoli)

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Salita Plazzo Ciampoli I - 98039 Taormina

    Ongoing restoration should soon restore the splendour of the façade which depicts two orders, separated by a decorative band of sculpted stone. The attractive ogive doorway is topped by a shield inscribed with the date of construction of this palace ..

  • 13 Taormina Castle

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Via Madona-della-Rocca I - 98039 Taormina

    On the summit of Monte Tauro (reached by car or on foot up a staircase path, the salita Castello, or the salita Branco (highly ill-advised by foot in summer), all that remains of this medieval fortress today are some ramparts and the remains of a tow..

  • 14 Taormina Beaches

    Nature and gardens

    I - 98039 Taormina

    Although built on high, Taormina is also a seaside resort. This is reached by funicular down to the small bay of Mazzarò, closed off to the south by the Cap Sant' Andrea, dotted with caves (including the Grotta Azzurra) and where the fishermen insist..

  • 15 Taormina Cathedral (Duomo)

    Religious buildings

    Piazza del Duomo I - 98039 Taormina

    The cathedral has a crenellated top which earned it the soubriquet of cathedral-fortress. It is dedicated to St Nicholas of Bari and was built in the 13C. The facade is decorated with a Renaissance doorway topped by a rose window. The interior is div..

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