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TAORMINA

 

The village of Taormina is perched on a cliff overlooking the Ionian sea. Besides the ancient Greek theatre, it has many old churches, lively bars, fine restaurants and antique shops. Taormina is approximately a 45 minute drive away from Europe’s largest active volcano, Mount EtnaTaormina is a comune and small town on the east coast of Sicily, Italy, in the Province of Messina, about halfway between Messina and Catania. Taormina has been avery popular tourist destination since the 19th century. It has popular beaches (accessible via an aerial tramway) on the Ionian sea, which is remarkably warm and has a high salt content. Taormina can be reached via highways from Messina and Catania. The present town of Taormina occupies an ancient site, about 250m a.s.l., while a very steep and almost isolated rock, crowned by a Saracen castle, rises about 150m higher: It is undoubtedly the site of the ancient Arx or citadel, the inaccessible position of which is repeatedly alluded to by ancient writers.

 

The Various fragments of ancient buildings are scattered over its whole surface, including extensive reservoirs of water, sepulchres, tesselated pavements and the remains of a spacious edifice, commonly called aNaumachia, the real destination of which is hard to define.By far the most famous monument in Taormina is the Ancient theatre, which is one of the most celebrated ruins in Sicily, on account both of its remarkable preservation and of the surpassing beauty of its location. It is built for the most part of brick, and is therefore probably of Roman date, though the plan and arrangement are in accordance with those of Greek theatres; the present structure was rebuilt upon the foundations of an older theatre from the Greek period. With a diameter of 109 metres, this theatre is the second largest of its kind in Sicily, after that of Siracusa, and is frequently used for performances and concerts. The greater part of the original seats has disappeared, but the wall which surrounds the whole cavea and the proscenium with the back wall of the scena are preserved in singular integrity, and contribute much to the picturesque effect, as well as to the interest, of the ruin. From the fragments of architectural decorations still extant we learn that it was of theCorinthian order, and richly ornamented. Some portions of a temple are also visible, converted into the church of San Pancrazio. Just south of Taormina is the Isola Bella, a natural reserve; and further south, situated beside a bay, is the popular seaside resort of Giardini Naxos. Capo Sant’ Andrea grottos are also remarkable.

Tours Available

Taormina Bays

Enjoy a day on board of one of SPS modern and well equipped yachts.

Romantic

A unique scenery to enjoy your happy hour or special dinner at anchor in a charming bay.

Etna & Wine

Live and taste the Etna; the biggest and most active volcano in Europe.

Charter

An innovative project that sums it all up, earth and sea, where everything is really included and allows you to synthesize in a true glance the essence of Sicily..

Etna & Sea

Enjoy an Etna-Jeep trip and the coastal landscape by boat, in one day.

Helicopter

Emotional flight on the top of volcano Etna.

Rental

We give you the opportunity to rent the boat, create the route you prefer and pay the fuel at consumption.

Etna Offroad

Be a Voyager, not a tourist! Many beautiful places of Sicily are not always reachable by sea.