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    Palazzo Corvaja

    by croisbeauty Updated Dec 10, 2011

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    Palazzo Corvaia is medieval construction dating from the 10th century, originally was built by the Arabs. The Arabs have conquered town in 902 and this palace was among first built during their rule. The palace was subsequently added to over various periods up intil the 15th century but it main body remained an Arabic styled tower. The same Arabic style could be seen in its inner courtyard in particularly on arched windows and the doorway. The staircase and the ornamental balcony was added later on in the 13th century.
    The palace takes its name from the Corvaja (or Corvaia) family, who were amongst Taormina's most important aristocrats and owned it from 1538 to 1945. In 1410 it was seat of the Sicilian Parliament.

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    TAORMINA CABLE CAR

    by balhannah Written Oct 18, 2011

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    Taormina Cable Car

    What a nice way to reach the bottom and the beach!

    The Cable Car runs from Taormina to Mazzaro, departing every 15mins, and taking just 2 minutes in transit, so you had better have your Camera out and ready to take the great view!
    You arrive at the beach of Isola Bella and the diving school of Taormina.

    The cable car of Taormina can be found in Via Luigi Pirandello, 3 minutes walk from Porta Messina.

    TIME-TABLE......Mon. 9.00 a.m. - 1.00 a.m.
    .....................Tue.-Sun. 8.00 a.m. - 1.00 a.m.

    COST.......
    ONE WAY... 1.80 EUROS......RETURN....3 EUROS

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    HUMAN TORPEDO

    by balhannah Written Oct 18, 2011

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    Located in the city garden park at Taormina, there is a manned or Human Torpedo on display. It has an information board beside it which I presume was written in Italian. I wonder if anybody can translate from the photo.
    This area of the park, near the Villa Comunale, is an area to remember the Dead and the wars, so I saw some Memorial's, and the Olive Tree row of Rememberance.

    The Torpedo was very interesting. They were secret Naval weapons used in World War II. The photo showed that it would have been riden by two men in diving suits riding astride the Torpedo. They steered the torpedo at slow speed to the enemy ship where detachable warhead was then used as a limpet mine. They then rode the torpedo away, hoping not to be caught. They were used for attacking many ships in the Mediterranean that were in enemy harbours.

    The Italian Maiale was an electrically propelled human torpedo, that carried two men. A normal Submarine would carry them to the target, and then launch them, this was usually during the night.
    It was nicknamed by the Italian's "The Pig."

    I would like to know the history of the one on display.

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    TAORMINA CITY GARDENS

    by balhannah Updated Oct 18, 2011

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    These gardens were very nice, and they held some surprises too!

    They are known as "typical Mediterranean" gardens, so I was interested in seeing what they were like.
    Well, I thought they were lovely. Lots of neatly trimmed hedges and flower beds, topiary of animals and Bonsai Trees, cobblestones paths and plenty of seating, I thought it was just the area to sit in the shade on such a hot day!

    There is the natural “Teatro di Verzura” [Greenery Theatre], and then if you walk to the ocean edge of the gardens, I had a marvellous view over the coastline.

    open daily 9am to dusk
    Entrance is Free

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    VILLA COMUNALE

    by balhannah Written Oct 18, 2011

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    In the Public Gardens, is the Villa Comunale which is also known as Parco Duca Di Cesaro.

    They are in part ruins, and blended lovely with the garden. There is quite a story about the Scottish lady Florence Trevelyan Cacciola.

    Florence, was "invited" to leave England following a romantic liaison with the future Edward VII.
    She arrived in Taormina in 1889 and married a local professor and set about building these gardens. She planted them with Mediterranean plants and had ornamental pavilions made of bricks and Arabesque designs. Florence was a keen ornithologist and used the towers to study Bird's in the garden.

    Walking along the pathway to the ocean side of the villa is a must, as the views are wonderful of the ships anchored in the Bay, the beach and the other large Villa's built on the edge of the hill

    The garden is open.... Daily 9 am-sunset
    Entrance is Free

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    SICILIAN CERAMICS

    by balhannah Written Oct 18, 2011

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    Wandering along the main shopping street in Taormina, I noticed a lot of the shops were selling Sicilian Ceramic's. These are very brightly painted, and all types of kitchen objects were made in a variety of colours. They would make a nice gift, if your sure of getting them home in one piece! This street is very crowded, so watch your purse!

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    MESSINA GATE

    by balhannah Written Oct 18, 2011

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    Messina gate - Taormina

    We have climbed the hill and are about to enter Taormina, via the Messina Gate.
    This Gate, restored at the beginning of the 19th century, was named Porta Ferdinanda when it was opened in 1808 by Ferdinand IV of Bourbon. At the top of the Arch, is a tablet in memory of this occassion.

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    ST. GEORGE'S CHURCH

    by balhannah Written Oct 18, 2011

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    St. George Church

    St. George’s Anglican Church, is a small Church that was built in the early 1920s by some English people who used to spend most of the year in Taormina. The Church is located on the side of the hill, and I needed to go down some stairs to enter.
    What made me interested, was the size! It was a small church.
    Inside are two aisles, divided by three round arches in Siracusa stone. It was rather plain, except for the window behind the main altar, picturing Jesus on the cross with St. Catherine on the left and St. George in his medieval armour on the right.

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    VIEWPOINT

    by balhannah Written Oct 18, 2011

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    We alighted from the Bus at the Taormina bus stop, and joined the mass of Tourist's heading up the hill to Taormina.
    Nearly everybody went ahead, but I crossed the road to where a view point was signposted. I was glad I did, because the view's were over the a lovely bay.

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    Watch balconies

    by croisbeauty Updated Sep 15, 2011

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    This people really care for their place of living, each balcony is alike small garden and arranged by lots of love and style. But it's not in the main street only, wherever you go, strolling around Taormina, the balconies will tell you the story of the locals. This what you see on this pictures are lovely balconies at Corso Umberto which is the main street of Taormina.

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    Cable Car ride

    by aquatic Updated May 26, 2010

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    Cable Car ride is 3:50 euro both ways. Make sure to read the schedule. It may not work after certain hours and if you decide to eat in a restarant down there, you may not be able to use it to get back. This schedule may apply only to winter time; I was there in February. They operate with reduced hous in February.

    On the way you will pass a football field. I was lucky to see the game going both ways.

    When getting off, go strait towards water and you will find the pass to the beach. Long stairs will take you to it. But on the way you'll hear birds singing and train running into tunnel (if lucky) and finally you'll see a cozy beach and the Isola Bella.

    Again, in February, it looked very empty, and to me - very romantic. I went there just before sunset.

    Beautiful.

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    The view point in Taormina

    by aquatic Written Mar 16, 2010

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    Close to the part of the Via Luigi Pirandello that goes down the hill you will find a nice view point with a huge marble bench (at least I remember it looked like marble). From there you can clearly see the lower part of Taormina and Isola Bella. I found that view point close to sunset and watched different colors change as the night reminded us that we need to find a good place to eat.

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    Castelmola

    by aquatic Written Mar 16, 2010

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    Castelmola, Sicily

    A walk to Castelmola is not long at all. Take stairs from Via Circonvallazione. It'll take about half hour. On the way up you'll have a wonderful view of Taormina with the Greek Theatre clearly seen from the top. And later you will see Castelmola on picturesque hills.
    I did not have time to go and visit the village (had one day for the whole town) but the view of it totally worths the walk!

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    Palazzo Corvaja Details

    by sandysmith Updated Apr 16, 2009

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    Palazzo Corvaja was the seat of the first Sicilian parliament in 1411. The tower has a Arab-Norman structure - the gothic mullioned windows of the 14th century are particularly interesting.
    The lowe rpart of the Palazzo was extended at the end of the 13th century. In this new wing, a staircase was built leading from the courtyard to the first floor. And on the landing there are three beautiful panels in Siracusa stone sculpted in high-relief: the first one pictures the creation of Eve; the second panel, the original sin; and the third is of the expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise.

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    Baroque Founatin

    by sandysmith Written Apr 10, 2009

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    The fountain, the city's emblem deserves more detail:
    There are three steps as its base andon each of the fountain's four sides there are columns supporting basins; mythological ponies overlook the basins and fountain water flows out of their mouths - makes for photogenic subjects.
    The eastern base of this large fountain contains a 4th basin, no longer used as it was a watering-place for animals. A smaller octagonal basin in the middie of the fountain base with four putti resting on it; on the east side, two of these putti hold two smaller putti each, forming the base of an octagonal basin decorated with three seals showing their heads and tails.

    Three mythological characters - Tritons stand with their arms crossed over their heads so as to support another basin decorated in low-relief; a round base inside this basin holds a basket of fruit on the top of which stands Taormina's coat-of-arms. The city's coat-of-arms normally depicts a male centaur but this one was turned into a female centaur.

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