Snugly set on a hill at Monte Tauro, Taormina was described by German writer J.W. Goethe in his novel, Italian Journey, as ?a patch of paradise?. Taormina was painted by Otto Geleng, a German painter whose works were exhibited in Parisian art galleries which garnered praises and gave the impression that Taormina was a magical and mythical place. The area was also photographed by Wilhelm von Gloeden, a photographer who made Taormina famous to all conservative European cultural clubs with his spectacular nude portraits of young shepherds, with the majestic Mt. Etna set as his canvass backdrop.
Since then, this tiny magical and mythical patch of paradise has been inhabited by ancient Sicilians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Saracens, Arabs, Normans and Spaniards and has become the playground of the rich and famous like D.H. Lawrence, Alexander Dumas, Guy de Maupassant, Oscar Wilde, Francis Ford Coppola, Greta Garbo, Federico Fellini, Elizabeth Taylor and many more celebrities. With its mild, breezy and inviting climate, a panoramic view of Europe?s highest volcano side by side with the serene waters and a hundred miles seafront stretch of the Mediterranean Sea, Taormina is mapped as one of the world?s best vacation havens.
There are not enough words to describe Taormina as it cradles historic artifacts and ruins. A day or two is never enough to absorb all the beauty that lies within this little hideaway. Despite the influx of tourists, Taormina?s preservation of history and its culture have been made a top priority by its community. As you take a leisurely walk through old town pavements, you will find evidence of the glorious golden era that includes the Roman-Greek theatre, rustic palazzos and old churches, monasteries and the fountain in Piazza Duomo.
Taormina is alive and when you are here, there is never a dull moment with a vast array of outdoor activities to choose from like visiting local art museums, going on leisurely walks, meditating and communing with nature in the countryside. You can also play 18-holes at the golf green, bask under sand and frolick in the cool beaches where swimming, sailing, scuba diving, windsurfing can all be enjoyed. You see pizzerias and trattorias in every little cozy nook where you can enjoy authentic Sicilian cuisine at its best.
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