This building is now occupied by Sicilian Travel board and some small exhibitions but it nevertheless worth stopping and admiring. The courtyard (which you can see on the pic) dates from the period of Arab domination, staircase and left wing were added later in 13C. The building was abandoned at some point and fell into decay, but was restored after WWII. You can clearly notice the succession of styles: the top of the tower is Arab, the front entrance and some windows are Catalan Gothic, the right wind is Norman.
SICILY - TAORMINA
Some time ago when i used to visit Taormina,cable cars used to take you from the top part ( town life)to the bottom part ( beach part) but now i believe that one have to take to the stairs instead!
Taormina is peched 200 m above the crystal clear sea and is like a beutiful terrace offering magnificent views of the coast and mount Etna.The town has endlessly winding medievial streets and tiny passages,each with its own secrets....andgreat restaurants ,cafes and ice cream bars. During the day,Taormina is a beautiful town where you casually linger over a coffee,tucking into a couple of ricotta cannoli.In the evenings, the atmosphere in Taormina is simply enchanting whether you stroll the illuminated streets or indulge in the view of the coast over a delicious dinner.
Noto is one of the most beutiful towns in Sicily.Rebuilt after a devastating earthquake in 1693 and now is an Architactural gem.every building in the centre lends toa harmony and unity in the Baroque style which is made even more evident by the rose-coloured stone used in the towns construction.
the outstanding Palazzo Nicolaci is adorned with an amazing array of balconies each of which has a story entwined in its intricate carvings.Opposite there is the Nicolaci is Cafe Agora where two brothers serve up the most delightful food ( the sugo nero is exeptional!)
RAGUSA IBLA is the older part of Ragusa were one can walk along narrow streets amid wonderful Baroque buildings and also the excellent granita in the delightful,sloping square in front of the Basilika di San Giorgio.
SIRACUSA is a huge sprawling city with a marvellous old core called Ortigia by the sea.
Narrow streets open suddenly onto beutiful,spacious squares such as Piazza Archimede and Piazza del Duomo( for the film buffs the lovely square featured in the film Marilena was shot here) The Duomo itself is an incredible building with a mix of architectural and of course the cafes in the squares all serve perfect cappuccinos and strettos- what do you expect!!
"TAORMINA...IS A DREAM"
Spend a day bin Taormina...dine walk in the old part of town and then have a dip in one of the beaches
"Fine dining at TAORMINA"
The food is simply fantastic especially prepered for your taste...just choose one of the many restaurants at Taormina.....book a table two hours before ....go sightseeing in the old part of town....and presto you will have a reserved table at noon just at the edge facing the beach with a view.