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My Top 50 Taormina Tips

Piazza IX Aprile, Taormina As Sicily's first resort and an obligatory stop on the Grand Tour, Taormina has welcomed guests for centuries. The town draped with bougainvillea, offers breathtaking views , an ancient theatre and cafes and terraces overlooking the sea. It is called an island within an island and the pearl of the Ionian Sea.  There are many wonderful things to experience and the following 50 are my favourites. Taormina 1)       The Greek Theatre,  Carved out of the hillside, the theatre seen today was refurbished by the Romans in 1 st Century AD. They sacrificed some of the seats and part of the stage to make a circular arena for gladiator games. 2)       Opera and Concerts,  Every summer the Greek Theatre is the venue for many performances of concerts and opera, keep posted for dates. 3)       Corso Umberto,  The People of Taormina make the passeggiata here on the Corso, beginning at Porto Messina and crossing several lively piazzas towards the e

The Albatros Boat Tour

The Albatros At White Almond Sicily we are always looking for new experiences in Sicily. There are many boat excursions in Giardini Naxos enticing you to indulge in the beauty of the Bay of Naxos, Isola Bella and the Blue Grotto, but there is one boat that stands out from the rest … The Albatros. Last month we were invited to join a sunset cruise on board The Albatros with our dog Daisy. When we arrived at the marina I was helped on board by Captain Luciano and he announced to everyone aboard “ here is our special guest Daisy” Daisy took one look at the gang plank and the boat bobbing on the sea and indicated that there was no way she was going to get on board. The Albatros would wait for me another time. Last week with a friend who was staying with us I finally got the chance to take up the invitation. We decided on a morning tour. On arrival at the marina we were greeted by Nidhal and then along came Captain Luciano, the gang plank was put down and Captain Lucia

Musca ... The Museum of Sicilian Carts

This year in Taormina we have had the pleasure of the company of MUSCA, the Museum of Sicilian Carts. The exhibition in the former Church of Carmine close to Porta Catania is a collection of Sicilian carts and started on 14 th June and last until 12 th July and we took time out of our busy schedule to pay a visit. The event has been hosted by the Sicilian Carts Association of Tregastagni. The former Church of Carmine is of a traditional baroque style and now used as an important venue for exhibitions and concerts in Taormina. The Sicilian cart is one of the best known symbols of Sicilian folklore history and was created as a means of transport. The carts became popular at the beginning of the nineteenth century and were used to transport wood and agricultural products such as grains, fruit, almonds and wine. Its popularity declined in the second half of the twentieth century with the introduction of motor vehicles on the island. One way of describing the ca