Sicilians are buzzing because Mount Etna erupted last evening. No fear, Mamma Etna woke from a sleep, which locals much prefer over the other option: an earthquake. Authorities are monitoring the activity and are not concerned. (View of Etna from Taormina during a 2017 eruption)
Perhaps Taormina’s best piazza for people watching is Piazza IX Aprile. The Church of San Giuseppe (from where this photo was taken) with its double stairway has held court here since the 17th century, while the historic Wunderbar Caffè (at my right from where I am standing) has played host to the likes of Truman…
Taormina is always bewitching. From the charming boutiques and cafes to the fabulous hotels and restaurants, it is the best European-style resort city in Sicily. Please don’t leave Sicily to go to the Amalfi Coast or Capri! Go to Taormina! It’s stunning. The views of Mount Etna will grab your attention along with the beautiful…
Isola Bella (which means Beautiful Island) and its nature reserve off of Taormina, Sicily’s Ionian Sea coast
Morning view of Mount Etna, Giardini Naxos, and the Ionian Sea from Taormina, Sicily’s Villa Communale garden
Join me here in October 2020! Enchanting Taormina’s ancient amphitheater was built in phases, starting in the 3rd century BC by the Greek inhabitants of Mount Tauro, who added to the structure significantly in the 2nd century AD. The Romans then added their ingenuity in the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD, transforming it from a…
Taormina offers us so many splendors… Yet so do the hidden corners of Sicily described so thoughtfully by author John Keahey. Join me in NYC for a reading by Keahey of his Sicilian Splendors on Sunday, November 17 at 2pm at Cacio e Vino restaurant. RSVP at https://experiencesicily.com/events/book-reading-with-john-keahey/
Taormina is bewitching. I invite you to wander off the brimming Corso Umberto to make the cliff-top town your own. Create your moment in 2020. Learn more at https://experiencesicily.com/2020-tours-of-sicily/
Live from Sicily! Day 4 of Myths & Mysteries of Sicily: As Above/So Below. Etna inspired all of our senses. Taormina pleased.
The fuschia (and orange, and white) flowers you find draped all over Sicily are Bougainvillea. I photographed these in Taormina last May.