As we go there over easter we get the possibility to see the traditional easter procession in Taormina on good friday evening.
Women wearing black dresses carrying candles and girls wearing white dresses lead it. Then the men com carrying religious symbols.
The procession starts at one end of the Village and goes through the whole village to the Duomo. During the passing of the procession all the lights are switched off wich creats a special athmosphere.
As i am not catholic i don't exacly know all the background behind this tradition (of course i know the easter story in the bible).
From sea to "vulcanic" snow
Etna is the biggest active vulcano in Europe. Taormina belongs to Catania region of Sicily, on clear days with blue skies , which are available there almost always as medium temperature does not go above 16*C, you can also see Etna cap with snow. I was told be a local friend that there are two skiing trails on Etna and as a local pride speaks "you can ski in the morning and go down to the beach for taking sun in the afternoon, that's Taormina!" , in reality somehow I didn't hear fame of Taormina as skiing destination, but for the rest - he was right, it's an amazing place!
To closer to vulcano you should go by car towards Giardini Naxos and then North or Sousth direction, use maps or ask locals anyway :).