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The picturesque resort town of Taormina is one of the oldest on the Sicilian coast. The first mention of the Greek settlement of Tauromenion dates back to the 4th century BC. According to one version, the settlement was founded at the foot of Mount Tauro by colonists from the destroyed city of Naxos. Over the centuries, eyes of numerous conquerors had been turned to this settlement.
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Antique structures located in Taormina are of huge historical value. The oldest building is the Greek Theater (Teatro Greco). It was erected shortly after the founding of the first … Open
The Romans captured the city 200 years after its foundation. Later, the city had been under the control of rebellious slaves for quite a long time and then resisted the Arab conquerors for more than 50 years. The Arabs have managed to capture the impregnable city at the beginning of the 10th century, but a hundred years later their reign was broken - the coastal city has become Norman. Formation of Taormina as a popular resort began in the 19th century. Representatives of noble European families attracted by amazing seascapes and a favorable climate of these lands began to flock here.
By the early 20th century, Taormina has already become the most visited and famous Sicilian resort. Beautiful beaches and amazing culture of the city make it irresistible in the eyes of many modern travelers. An incredible number of ancient monuments, as well as amazing medieval structures, have been preserved in the city and its environs. Guests of the resort can see its beautiful amphitheaters, which are currently used for holding all kinds of cultural events. Despite the fact that many antique buildings date back over 2,000 years, most of them are striking in their spectacular look, being almost completely restored. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Undoubtedly, the main entertainment of visitors to the picturesque resort is beach recreation. You can also diversify leisure activities by walking, visiting attractive shops and … Open
Taormina is also famous for its religious sights. One of the most beautiful local temples is San Giuseppe Church . Get a lot of impressions from walking through ancient streets. Each of them certainly accommodates a number of beautiful centuries-old buildings. Attractive features of the resort town are not limited to charming beaches and a variety of historical attractions. Its guests should definitely schedule a visit to local national restaurants. They would be ideal for getting acquainted with traditions of Sicilian cuisine. Fans of shopping will surely be impressed by the huge number of interesting shopping pavilions, small markets, and classic malls. Despite the fact that magnificent beaches of Taormina are considered its main attractive feature, do not limit yourself to staying on the coast and enjoy your vacations to the fullest.
Taormina Giardini Naxos is widely recognized as one of the most beautiful beaches in Taormina. It is an incredibly calm place that is perfectly suitable for vacationers with children. The beach is located not far from a settlement with the same name. This area is deprived of large hotels and noisy entertainment venues. Travelers come there to admire the pristine and fabulous nature of the region. In the past, only lush gardens grew on the site of the modern settlement.
Taormina is not by chance considered the most prestigious and fashionable resort of Sicily, as its beaches are indescribably amazing. Traditionally, the height of the tourist season falls on … Open
Letojanni beach is a no less attractive coastal area that is located in the neighborhood of Taormina. In recent years, this resort area has developed significantly. This is a perfect destination for all fans of modern comfort. Taormina itself doesn’t have any comfortable beaches, but it is very simple to reach gorgeous beaches located on its outskirts.
Fans of excursions will find it incredibly interesting to walk on the main streets of the city. It is possible to see interesting historical buildings and landmarks virtually at every step. The Square of the 9th April is the biggest and the most beautiful at the resort. Not far from the square, there is an important architectural landmark of Taormina – a beautiful medieval chapel built in the 12th century. A charming small church in the honor of Saint Augustus is located nearby. These religious landmarks still have many traces of the original design, and their inner decoration is even more amazing. There is also an open-air theater that regularly hosts interesting performances and entertainment programs. Finally, don’t forget to attend Torre dell’Orogio as this tower has become a historical symbol of Taormina.
Taormina is famous for its amazing historic hotels, the atmosphere of which is unique and attractive. One of the most prestigious hotels in the resort is San Domenico Palace occupying a … Open
Palazzo Corvaja is a unique architectural landmark of the region. Its design is an intricate combination of Arabian, Byzantine, and Norman styles. There is a simple reason for such an unusual look of the palace – it building lasted several centuries. An Arabian style tower dating back to the 11th century is one of the oldest elements of the palace. Art connoisseurs will also find it very interesting to attend Santo Stefano Palace, the building of which took place is in the 14th century. Several years ago, an interesting art museum was open in the building. The museum offers an exhibition that includes many works of famous sculptor Mazzulla.
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Map of all castles
Survived castles around Taormina
♥   Castle 'Castello di Villagonia' Taormina, 0.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castello di Schisò' Giardini Naxos, 3.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castello Normanno' Aci Castello, 35.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Sant’Aniceto' Motta San Giovanni, 41 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castello di Milazzo' Milazzo, 42.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Taormina
♥   National Park 'Parco nazionale dell’Aspromonte' , 59.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Taormina from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Etna

From the series “The most active volcanoes in the world”
Planters are attracted by fertile soil and favorable climate, ideal for growing grapes, olives and fruit. Unique black grapes used for several varieties of wine are grown on the slopes of Etna. According to experts, it’s distinguished by a unique taste and aroma. This Sicilian wine is largely popular mainly due to the unique volcanic soils. Every eruption of Etna is an incredibly interesting and attractive show for tourists; extreme sports fans are strongly recommended to walk along the slopes and watch the action of destructive element from afar. … Read further

Etna Volcano

From the series “Volcanoes and traps that changed the face of the planet”
Locals hurried back to the place of grace. Even now, they grow vineyards, olive trees, and orchards on the slopes of the volcano. The geological implications of the volcanic activity are enormous too. For hundreds of years, mountainsides were collapsing after each of the next series of explosions. So, new huge basins and craters appeared close to the volcano. Scientists believe that after one of the regular eruptions of Etna, the water took a large settlement of Atlit Yam in Israel. All of its residents fled from the disaster, but many of them died later. … Read further
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