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    Roman Odeon

    by mabu Written May 25, 2003

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    Roman Odeon

    This is the Roman Odeon. It was built during the imperial age when the romans occupied Taormina. It is only small (compared with the huge teatro greco) you can't go in it but you can see it through the fence.

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    Greek amphitheatre

    by Sjalen Written Jun 6, 2004

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    The Greeks knew how to build theatres, and no more so than here in Taormina, where the audience has a view of Etna and the sea as well as of the stage. I kept wondering how anyone could watch the plays!

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    "Theotokos"

    by Kushelkitten Written Jun 16, 2005

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    Mother of God

    "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!

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    Taormina's most famous sight

    by Alice-Kees Updated Sep 11, 2003

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    Greek Theatre with Mt Etna on the background

    The Greek Theatre is the most obvious place you will head for in Taormina. If not for the ancient site ruins it will be for the superb panorama towards Mt Etna from here. It's the combination of the awesome mountain on the backdrop and the old remnants of the Greek theatre on the foreground that make each picture perfect. It must be the most photographed place on the entire island. Go here early or late in the afternoon (the place closes down at 19h00 in summer) for your best pictures.

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    Stroll along Corso Umberto

    by mabu Written May 25, 2003

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    Corso Umberto

    A musst for every visitor in Taormina is to stroll along the Corso Umberto, the main street in Taormina. It is nearly 1 km long and there are loads of café's and shops. In the evenings it seems like everybody goes to have a walk along the "Corso"

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    View over the Etna

    by mabu Written May 25, 2003

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    Etna, still snow covered

    A unique thing about Taormina is its great view towards the volcano Etna. The volcano is still active, so there is always some smoke coming from it. It is covered with snow until about April. In winter it is possible to ski up there! (Well, it was as the last eruption destroyed the ski lifts). in the Evening you can sometimes see the lava glowing!!

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    Visit one of the Churches...

    by mabu Written May 25, 2003

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    Taorminas Duomo

    ...or all of them

    Taormina has got loads of Churches. Of course most of them catholic. Most of them are open so you can go and have a look round.

    If you visit a church keep quiet and respect the people in the church praying and don't go in during a service.

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    Walk up to Castelmola

    by mabu Written May 25, 2003

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    Castelmola

    Have a walk up to the village of Castelmola. It looks like a long way to get up there, but after about an hour you are there. If you don't like walking there is a bus.

    Castelmola is built on top of a hill overlooking Taormina, the sea and the whole surrounding area. It is very nice to stroll through the narrow streets of the place.

    There are several paths up there, they are signposted.

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    Teatro Greco

    by mabu Written May 25, 2003

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    Teatro Greco

    A musst for every visitor in Taormina is a visit to the Teatro Greco.

    This amphitheatre was built during the period the greeks were there. It is still used sometimes for concerts and theatre productions.

    As we've already seen it during previous travels to taormina i've only got a picture from the outside as you have to pay to go in.

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    Giardino Publico

    by mabu Updated Jul 12, 2005

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    A musst is a visit to the "Giardino Publico", the public garden.

    In here you can see loads of different flowers and plants. There are some ruins in there too. The garden is very well maintained and a great place to relax.

    You can see more pictures of the garden in my T-Logue

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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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    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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  • Limoncello Di Sicilia

    by sue_borg Updated Jul 21, 2005

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    Limoncello is a sweet and refreshing liqueur with an inimitable taste whose scent recalls the perfumes and aromas of the charming region of Sicily.
    It is usually served ice-cold after meals, a very good digestive.

    It leaves with you with a refreshing taste….perfect for those hot summer nights...

    32% volume

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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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    Greek Theatre

    by midgetmama Written Mar 30, 2005

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    It's a long, uphill, and in the summer, HOT walk up to the Greek Theatre, but it's well worth it. I lied and said I was a student in the EU and got a discount. It's just the ruins of the theatre, but something about it is very enthralling. Normally when going to this type of place I get annoyed by the huge groups of tourists, take a quick picture, and get out, but for some reason I had no desire to leave this place too soon. There are great views of the rest of Sicily, and plenty of places to explore since nothing is blocked off (like the Colosseum). However, it does get excruciatingly hot up there!

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