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.
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View from our room at Villa Belvedere
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.

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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.

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Porta Messina

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Pasticceria Etna

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Almond and chocolate biscuits

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Marzipan Fruit

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Tomato and Mozzarella

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Street leading down from Corso Umberto

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Fruit shop

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Clock Tower in Piazza IX Aprile

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Corso Umberto

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Piazza Duomo with it’s Baroque Fountain in front of the Duomo

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Home Sweet Home

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Isola Bella can be reached by the funicular from Taormina to Giardini Naxos, the beach below.
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!

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Piazza Duomo

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Bar Turrisi

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View from Castermola

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Even the dogs ride scooters!

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Stay
Villa Belvedere
Via Bagnoli Croci,79
Taormina
Tel: +39 0942 23791
www.villabelvedere.it
Villa Belvedere