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    Piazza Vittorio Emanuele

    by sandysmith Written Apr 10, 2009

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    A lively square is Piazza Vittorio Emanuele with the taxi rank and cafes but also fine building s of the Santa Caterina Church and the Palazzo Corvaja which now is home to an independent tourist company - worth while to have a look inside its courtyard though. (see next tip)
    On the left hand side of the square the road leads to the Greco Roman theatre or you can continue along the main street.

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    Piazza IX Aprile

    by sandysmith Written Apr 10, 2009

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    Piazza IX Aprile is the second largest square in Taormina - probably the most popular one too with its wide open space, panoramic terraces and surrounding bars where the coastal views can be enjoyed, esp the Wunderbar Cafe oft frequented by film stars
    In the square can be seen the churches of San Giorgio and San Guiseppe and the Clock Tower whose archway leads to the historical part of town.

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    Piazzo Duomo

    by sandysmith Written Apr 10, 2009

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    The Piazza Duomo is probably the most quaintest in Taormina with the baroque fountain in its centre - the emblem of the city. It was built in 1635 in Taormina marble. The cathedral is though to be from around 1400. The square seemed to be a popular meeting place for locals

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    Greco-Roman Theatre

    by sandysmith Written Apr 10, 2009

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    The Greek amphitheatre is one of the main attractions in Taormina. The entrance fee alone is worth while just for the wonderful setting of the arena with Etna in the background, even more special when still with a winter's coat.
    Its the second-largest in Sicily after the one in Siracusa - but surely must have the best view.
    Climb right to the top for the best advantage point.
    Entrance fee was 6 euros and audio guides are available too.

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    Walk the streets

    by johnaalex Updated May 17, 2008

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    The gate to the main street
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    The narrow streets of Taormina mean that walking is the best way to get around. If you get tried there are plenty of places to take the weight of your feet, have a snack and glass of wine or just a coffee. There are also plenty of opportunities for some "retail therapy".

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    Greek Theatre Remains

    by Xeriss Written Sep 19, 2007

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    A visit to the Greek theatre is a must. Unfortunately, they've recreated a good part of the seating area instead of trying to restore its original image. The seating area looks cheap in comparison to the rest of the greek remains. Don't let the steps put you off! It is tiring to climb to the very top but it is extremely worth it. One can take in a view of Taormina and all its beauty when at the highest level of the theatre.

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    Ever heard of BOMBOLONI ??

    by WStat Written Jun 20, 2007

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    Bomboloni

    You`ll find them everywhere in Italy, be it Tuscany or Sicily: those delicious sweets, made in the local pasticcerias. Eat them plus lattemacchiato, an Italian Espresso or just as a dessert after lunch or dinner. Buy them fresh at the pasticcerias-at modest prices !

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    And more about the theatre...

    by nvm25 Written Jun 6, 2007

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    The engineering solution of a Greek theatre is simple: the whole construction is dug out in the solid rock. In case of Taormina, about 100000 cubic metres of stone had to be replaced - in other words, it's good to have slaves!
    The stage of the Taormina theatre is still used today: at the time of my visit posters all around Sicily announced the concert of Julio Iglesias in July 2007. Be quick - and maybe you'll still make it :)

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    Il teatro greco

    by nvm25 Written Jun 6, 2007

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    The main attraction of Taormina is of course its ancient Greek theatre. Yet, don't get confused - the stone arches and columns decorating the stage are Roman. Ancient Greeks would always prefer a natural scenery for their theatres, and in Taormina this was especially breathtaking: the view of the coast below, the sky above and the fuming Etna inbetween. All the four elements were therefore present at the site: the water, the air, the earth and the fire! This was very important for the Greek theatre institution, which historically evolved from the celebrations of the god Dionysus: the first performances were recitals of Dionysus' life and deeds by the god himself, whereby Dionysus' role was played by an apt citizen. Eventually the drama of Dionysus (who had to die every autumn to be reborn in spring) gave way to the human drama of the great Greek tragedies. Put in place about 3rd century BC for Greek tragedy performances, the theatre would then be rebuilt to accomodate the bloody entertainings of the Romans, the next conquerors of Sicily...
    If you arrive by bus, follow the tourist flock up the hill through the town gate and along the main street. The theatre will be up one of the streets on your left, as the sign also indicates. We were however so overwhelmed by the beauty of every single detail in Taormina, that we missed the sign and crossed the whole town through to find some panoramic views and a Wednesday market

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  • see mt etna

    by parsnil Written Oct 6, 2006

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    going on the coach right to the craters of etna was awesome seeing trees that were mummified and houses that were partially buried after the last eruption, i really felt i was on top of the world words can hardly describe the feeling up there

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    Go and visit the lovely Eastern coast of Sicily

    by lichinga Written Aug 17, 2006

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    The coast North of Taormina

    Taormina is just 70 km south of Messina and may the same way North of Catania. While catania is a wonderful place to visit itself, one cannot say exactly the same for Messina, as it was completely destroyed by an earthquake and never rebuilt with the same fashion. But, Messina is a curious place because of the strait, dividing Sicily from mainland Italy.

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    Walk slowly through the ancient streets

    by lichinga Written Aug 17, 2006

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    Taormina from the theatre

    The theatre itself is just 500 metres away from the main nucleus of the village. Taormina is built on the slope of the mountain range that is dominated by Mt Etna (the tallest and active volcano in Europe) some 30 km southwards.

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    The beach at Giardini Naxos

    by lichinga Updated Aug 17, 2006

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    Giardini Naxos beach

    Giardini Naxos is the place where the train will leave you, but you should spend some time at the beach. Swimming under the Greek theatre and the Etna volcano on the other side.... that may be a terrific experience and difficult to repeat.

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    Greek Theatre

    by anne77 Updated Jun 27, 2006

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    View from the Greek Theatre
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    The ruins of the Greek theatre are a must see. The view of the Bay of Naxos is beautiful from up there and on clear days you can also see the Etna (which wasn't the case when I was there!).

    When we were there, they were preparing the archeological site for summer concerts (installing chairs, spotlights, the scene etc) so unfortunately, we weren't able to take good pictures of the amphitheatre. But it is still worth the visit!

    Entry fee was € 6.-

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    Ancient Greek Theater

    by aukahkay Written Jan 17, 2006

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    Taormina is an ancient city located on the island of Sicily, Italy. It is an archeological site with many ruins dating back to the Roman Empire. This picture was taken at the Greek Theatre in June 2000. Built in the third century BC, the Greek Theatre occupies a commanding position on top of a hill overlooking the Bay of Naxos. On a clear day, Mount Etna can be seen in the distance spewing its volcanic lava. In summer, open air concerts are held in this ancient amphitheatre.

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