Taormina, according to a Sicilian friend, is the greatest sight in Sicily. He meant specifically the view from the ancient Greek theatre which is located in the northern part of the city. It needs to be seen in real life – pictures can never do it any kind of justice.

Snow Covered Mount Etna From Taormina

Looking at Mount Etna from the Greek theatre of Taormina. This picture was taken in April when the volcano was still covered with snow. It remained until mid-May even though the temperature on the ground was close to 30 C. I suppose that shows how different the temperature is at the peak (3329m according to a certain online encyclopaedia).

Train station of Giardini Naxos/Taormina

The southern part of Taormina, looking down on the train station of Giardini Naxos/Taormina. Note the Ionian Sea and its special rich colour of blue.

Ionian Sea from Greek Theatre Taormina

Looking north in the direction of Messina from the top of the Greek theatre.

Inside the Greek Theatre Taormina

Inside the Greek theatre. This was built in the 7th century BC, roughly 2700 years ago. [to put things in perspective, New York was established 400 years ago]. The Greeks designed and planned this theatre but what we see today was mostly built by the Romans. The theatre was rebuilt on the same foundations and also expanded at different stages. The structure is still Greek in style.

Greek Theatre Taormina

The back wall and the structure behind the stage are original which really add to the archaeological value of the theatre as well as giving the visitor a real idea of what it was like in its heyday.

From the Greek Theatre Taormina

Looking south down over Giardini Naxos. Mount Etna is out of shot to the right.


A small decorative courtyard in the city.

Taormina is a small but pretty town, perched on top of a rock.  It has a pleasant atmosphere but is strongly geared towards the tourist. Visitors during the summer can expect to find it crowded and expensive. It remains a must see though mostly for the view and the majestic Greek theatre.
Admission to the theatre costs 12 euro and you can stay as long as you like. If you are a teacher entrance is 6 euro with a teacher ID but only if you can prove to the distrusting ticket woman that it is valid.

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