This medieval town with a heavy past, located at 200m on a plateau below Mount Tauro, for which it is named and where there are the ruins of a medieval fortress, has been and is still nowadays cheerished by tourists.
Its real fortune began in the nineteenth century, when, after a visit by Goethe who praised its beauty all over Europe, it became almost immediately a must- see-place.
I'm not very keen in visiting these kind of places but will go when its off season - plenty of space. You have then the opportunity to get acquainted much easier with locals.
I must say Sisilian are charming and very different from italians in general.
I was prepared to brush-up my italian but then everyone talked english and most intriguing was that their second (or first or third...LOL) language seemed to be german, well at least that's the feeling I got!?!!
Without Sicily, Italy leaves no image in the soul. Sicily is the key to everything.
------- Johann Wolfgang Goethe
This is an ancient fortress built to protect Taormina. From here there is a marvellous wide panorama view (my intro pic!).
It is located at 531 meters above sea level and getting there can be a bit frightening!
Look at those buildings and balconies hanging above...NOTHING! Would you live there?
Favorite thing: Gather with the crowds (or come in crap weather or off season) on the Piazza IX Aprile for the sunset over the sea and mountains...looking out over the Bay of Naxos with Giardini-Naxos' lights below.
Favorite thing: In Taormina make an early morning stroll along the Corso Umberto I and enjoy the views from the lovely Piazza 9 Aprile towards Mt. Etna