We publish below some lines of one of our guests who particularly loved Taormina during his stay in Sicily.
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Taormina is perched on the edge of a mountain but you can see the stunning coast just a stone’s throw (and huge fall) away.
The streets are narrow and charming, and all the windows have boxes simply tumbling over with flowers.
Taormina has a hugely ancient history that my mind, quite frankly, fails to really comprehend. It has been inhabited even before the Greeks came to Sicily in 734 BC. It’s a city that was mentioned in the works of Cicero and the history is just dripping casually from its pores.
Starting in the 19th century Taormina became a hotspot for artists from the rest of Europe to decamp to. The illustrious list includes: Oscar Wilde, Richard Wagner, Goethe, Nietzsche, Bertrand Russell, Henry Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, Roald Dahl, Evelyn Waugh and Truman Capote.
But its rich history (there’s also a stunning Roman amphitheatre in the city) and illustrious art heritage aside, today many tourists pass through Taormina for a completely different reason: ‘The Godfather’.
There is a town in Sicily called Corleone but ‘The Godfather’ wasn’t filmed there. It was filmed in and around the Messina province and Taormina. Especially the two small villages of Savoca and Forzà d’Agrò right outside of Taormina.
And then the food is fantastic.
Arancini, fish first courses and desserts are superb.”
If you would like to have an experience like this, you can make Taormina your springboard to explore all of Sicily.
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