05.18.2017

Taormina, a Corner of Paradise on Earth

Walking along the streets of one of the most glittering jewels of Sicily, surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes, unforgettable architectures and great flavors

  • Taormina, a Corner of Paradise on Earth
  • Taormina, a Corner of Paradise on Earth
  • Taormina, a Corner of Paradise on Earth
  • Taormina, a Corner of Paradise on Earth
  • Taormina, a Corner of Paradise on Earth

In 358 BC a group of Greek colonists chose a bull-shaped hill to build a new settlement: Taormina. It is impossible not to fall in love with this Sicilian town that clings to a hill overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, and which seems to be perfectly aware of its beauty and of the amazement aroused in anyone by the splendor of its nature and the harmonious overlapping of architectural styles witnessing the passage of Greeks and Romans, Normans and Spaniards, Savoys and Habsburgs.
 
The spectacular main square houses the Baroque XVII century church of Saint Joseph, the Gothic church of Saint Augustine and the XII century clock tower: a thousand years of history at a glance, in the presence of an even more majestic nature which ranges from the sea to the Etna, Europe’s highest active volcano.
 
Corso Umberto I is the town’s high street, lined with small artisan workshops and dotted with numerous aristocratic palaces including Palazzo Corvaja, whose Islamic-style cubic tower has been enriched over the centuries by the Gothic-Catalan-style double lancet windows and the 15th-century Norman hall.
 
The fifteenth century St. Nicholas church with its austere stone facade and the Cathedral, featuring a decorated portal dating back to 1636, are the major artistic and architectural sights of Taormina, along with the 3rd century BC Roman Greek Theater, still used as an evocative backdrop for classical plays.
 
Finally, do not leave the city without indulging in the delicious local cuisine, featuring the same mixed roots of the city and influenced by Spanish, Middle Eastern and Norman cuisine.
 
Not to be missed
Taormina’s Ancient Theater
Since the 1950s, this 3rd century BC theater has returned to its original function hosting various forms of entertainment ranging from plays to concerts and ceremonies. It is the major classical play theatre in Sicily after the Greek Theater in Syracuse.
 
Corso Umberto I
Formerly part of Via Valeria, which once connected Messina with Catania, Corso Umberto I is the old town’s high street, enriched by a large number of shops and artisan workshops, restaurants, cafes and beautiful squares and churches.
 
Villa Comunale
This pleasant and peaceful oasis in the heart the city owes its origin to Lady Florence Trevelyan, a Scottish noblewoman who married the mayor of Taormina Salvatore Cacciola in the late nineteenth century. The English garden, a maze of paths immersed in magnolias, ibisques and bougainvillea bushes, used to belong to their home, but it is now owned by the Municipality and anyone can explore it, also enjoying the marvelous landscapes of the Ionian coast and the Etna.
 
Flavors
Bam Bar
Via Giovanni di Giovanni, 45
Decorated by artist Tino Giammona with reproductions of orange trees and Indian figs, this cafe offers some of the best granitas in Sicily.
 
Casa Giolì
A family-run restaurant offering creative cuisine made with fresh and genuine ingredients.
 
La Capinera
Enjoy revisited Sicilian specialties prepared with catch-of-the-day fish, crispy vegetables, local olive oils and various delicatessen with a great sea view.
 
All photos by Kirk Fisher
 

 

Author : The Slowear Journal

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