There is no escaping the fact that Taormina is a tourist town but it is saved by the stunning views it offers. Snow capped Mount Etna, with it’s smoking plume from the recent eruption, adds another dimension.
One of the main tourist attractions, the Greek Theatre, was hidden under seating ready for the summer performances but the back drop was as beautiful as ever.
The main street, Via Umberto, follows the original “Valeria” road linking Messina and Catania.From Porta Messina to Porta Catania it winds past historical sites, churches and many shops and bars.
Above Taormina is the town of Castemola.
You can walk here but it is best to catch either the bus or a taxi and walk back.
Piazza Duomo is the main square adjoining the small beautiful church. The restaurants in the main square are all owned by the man behind the famous Bar Turrisi. Make sure you pop into the bar and see why it is famous!