This Thursday I am taking you back to Sicily once again as we continue the road trip to the fourth city of our trip- Taormina. Last week I showed you Noto from where we continued to Catania for one night. There the early Sunday morning we visited mount Etna (see more about that from Dream came true -post) and after the hiking trip we skipped rest of the Catania area and continue along the east coast to Taormina. The Greek-Roman theater was the only thing I had heard about the city and I can tell you I was so surprised when we arrive there – it was so much more I could even imagine!
Taormina was for me like those sunny dreamy places you see in the movies as everything and everyone looked so good. The city has this breath taking atmosphere even though it is backed with tourist and I really hope to visit the city again with more time. Taormina has the beautiful coastal are where you can swim and do all kind of water activities and see so many beautiful yachts. Then in the up on the hill there is the city center with small boutiques, restaurants, beautiful hotels and historical sites. We drove about to the half way with out car and left it to paid parking hall. From there we took a buss (it was included in the parking fee) with other tourist to the beginning of Corso Umberto, the main street.
I have to be honest and tell that after hiking in a sunny day in Etna it was for me little heavy to fully enjoy and concentrate to Taromina. It was so hot that I was feeling sick almost all the time there and being little pit tired after Etna, I did not take too many photos. I have clear images of the beautiful city in my mind but can`t truly find it from the photos I have take there. But nevertheless the city is colorful, full of small details and beautiful people. I felt there was a lot those rich upper class couples (sorry for the generalization) having their luxury holiday and I can understand why they chose Taormina. The city offers you perfect place to escape.
From the up the view to the sea was really nice and you can see how much sea traffic there was in a sunny August Sunday. There were also few totally insane hotels in the hills with those class wall pools you see in the luxury travel photos.
After walking around Corso Umberto and streets around it, it was time to go to the Greek-Roman Theater I had been waiting to see. When standing in the ticket line we saw a small paper telling about constructions in the theater area so before paying the tickets we asked what is going on. We found out that most of the theater was covered as they were making everything ready for some event, so there was not too much to see that time. With the disappointment we eventually decided not to pay the entrance fee and join in (they did try to say there is a lot more also to see in the area) as the theater was my main interest. So my advice to you is to check what there is happening when you are visiting the city, as you can imagine how sad it was not to see this place. The picture of the theater is borrowed so I can show you how it is, but I hope one day I will see it live whit its full beauty and take my own photos of it.
I found the city surprisingly green and there seemed to be plants in every corner of the city. From the main streets you can step a side to tiny streets and find example local artist selling their paintings or peaceful cafe bars where to enjoy a small brake form the busy Corso Umberto. And as it is so hot in the summer time many restaurants and cafe places have very nice air condition machines to cool you down.
In this last picture there is the most beautiful hotel entrance I have ever seen. I wonder if it was looking as nice inside also.