TAORMINA AND ITS ENCHANTING HISTORICAL CENTRE
No visit to Sicily is complete without experiencing the magical town of Taormina. With its historical and cultural attractions and the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape, this is truly one of the jewels in the island's crown.
What we will see
- Taormina's historical town centre
- Porta Messina
- Palazzo Corvaja
- The Greek Theatre
What we will do
- We leave the port by coach, taking the motorway to the magical town of Taormina.
- The town enjoys a beautiful natural setting on a small plateau in the foothills of Monte Tauro. What makes this ancient settlement so appealing to visitors, however, is the wealth of fascinating Greek, Roman and Medieval ruins.
- Led through the historical town centre by our expert guide, we pass under the old gateway christened Porta Messina, and make our way into the oldest part of the town.
- A short distance away we find one of the town's most important building, Palazzo Corvaja, which we are able to admire from outside. The original nucleus of this rather severe-looking edifice is a tower built in the 11th century by the Arabs that ruled the area at that time. The building has been extended at various points over the years, first at the end of the 13th century, then again in the 15th century, when it was used for sittings of the Sicilian Parliament. Neglected for a period after the Second World War, the building was restored thanks to the efforts of the town's first post-war mayor.
- We continue towards the heart of the old town centre, to see the stunning Greek Theatre. More than just a symbol of Taormina, this Hellenistic construction is one of the most famous landmarks in the whole of Sicily. The original building probably dates to the 3rd century BC. During the reign of Augustus, it was renovated and extended to the point that, with a capacity of 10,000 it was the second largest theatre in Sicily after the one in Syracuse. A vast, publicly owned park of Mediterranean scrub is draped over the slopes to the north-east of the theatre, a fitting backdrop to these spectacular historical remains.
- At this point, we take some free time to stroll at leisure along the charming, narrow streets of the old town or even do a little shopping.
What you need to know
- This excursion is conducted mainly on foot, it is therefore recommended to wear comfortable shoes.