SCIARA DEL FUOCO, the volcanic slopes of the island of Stromboli

Sailing the Aeolian Islands

The Aeolian Islands are a volcanic archipelago north of Sicily, in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. Named after the wind god Aeolus, a great way to visit them is on a sailing boat. And I did it! In early July, along with two friends, I sailed around the islands of Vulcano, Lipari, Panarea and Stromboli – four of the seven islands that form this archipelago. Read more

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Piazza IX Aprile square, San Giuseppe church and Clock Tower in Taormina, Sicily.

Taormina at Night

When it gets dark in Taormina the lights come on and life moves on the pedestrian main street Corso Umberto I for the evening stroll. People gather mainly in Piazza IX Aprile and Piazza Duomo. Tourists find along the Corso and Piazzas restaurants, shops and bars while locals go there above all to see and be seen. I was there in mid-March and there was not yet the usual crowd of warmer months. Read more

Taormina – Ancient Theater

The Ancient Theater of Taormina is one of the archaeological gems of Sicily. The theater has Greek origin but is totally Roman in its present form. The top view of the theater is breathtaking, ranging from the Ionian Sea to the Mount Etna volcano. After so many centuries in ruins, from the fifties, the ancient theater is used as an outdoor theater for concerts, theater and ceremonies – finally back to what it was built for.
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Ancient theatre of Taormina with Mt. Etna, Sicily.

Taormina – Fantastic Views

Spectacularly located, the town of Taormina is the most exclusive tourist destination of Sicily. The ancient theater, the fantastic view of Mount Etna that slopes down towards the Ionian Sea and the Dolce Vita mood make Taormina the essence of Sicily, at least for tourists. I was in Taormina in mid-March and I was lucky enough to get a first taste of summer. Read more

Bellini theatre in Catania, Sicily, Italy.

Catania at Night

In the Old Town of Catania, Sicily, there are some very suggestive places at night. The photo above shows the Teatro Massimo Bellini theater and the square in front of it, both named after the local-born opera composer Vincenzo Bellini. There are also many baroque churches lit at night, very beautiful is the Piazza Duomo square with the Cathedral. Read more