View of Taormina II
The other vantage point for Taormina is near the castello - which sits on another hilltop above Taormina. Just before the steps which climb up to the castello (currently closed) keep going along the lane to the church of Madonna della Rocca and you'll reach a viewpoint with IMHO the best view of Taormina - and a different angle to that of Castelmola. Steps lead down from here back in to Taormina with the typical station of the cross on the corners as the path zig zags down.
"Theotokos" means "The Mother of God". If you want to see her you need to go inside the passagway of the old clock tower in Taormina. As you pass through, if you are coming from the old town center it is on the left.
By now you are wondering what the "Theotokos" is. It is a Byzantine mosaic icon which has been perfectly preserved. Absolutely breathtaking!
Exploring around Etna and visiting North-East Cost
This is the time of the year where it is good to go away from cold/dark/snowy Finland and enjoy the sun a little bit more South :-)!
Again this was a short 5 days trip and I managed to get the flu for 2 days, so not much of hiking there even if planned.
For locals its winter time with temperatures around 20C degrees. It was funny to watch their surprise as I was wearing corsair pants and T-shirt while they were wearing winter coats.
The sun was hot, I burned my nose but the cool wind forced me to use my sweatshirt quite often. Anyhow, these little things did not prevent me to fully enjoy my little vacation on this wonderful island.
The panorama pictures has been taken from the top of Castelmola (530m) down Taormina and the Ionian sea. On the far right, behind some clouds (you can't avoid them) is Etna.
"To have seen Italy without seeing Sicily is not to have seen Italy at all - for Sicily is the key to everything."