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
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.
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
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
The island of Ortigia is the historic center of the city of Siracusa, Sicily. I think it can be considered a true open-air museum with monuments that tell the story of the Mediterranean of the last three millennia (see my last post). But it is when it gets dark and the lights come on that Ortigia Island reveals even more its special charm. Read more