|Taormina is a beautiful ancient hilltop town located on the east coast of Sicily. The town is spectacularly situated on a natural terrace in the shadow of rocky Monte Tauro. First settled by the Greeks in 403 BC it was later seized by the Romans, then the Byzantines, then the Arabs arrived in the 10C AD. We took a taxi up to the town gate from the tender drop off point and walked through the narrow lanes lined with chic boutiques, souvenir shops, cafes etc to the Roman – Greco Theatre. We were first off the ship and onto the tender so had the theatre almost to ourselves for a while. Except for the workmen that is who were setting up the stage for a performance. There were stunning views of the coastline and Mt Etna from the top of the theatre as you can see from the photos.
We walked some more through the town which is mostly pedestrian only. Gerry walked up around 400 steps to the church on top of another hill – John and I went for coffee and pastries (very civilized).
We decided to take the cable car back down to sea level on the opposite side of the hill and had a beer stop at the beach before taking a taxi back to the dock.
A lovely day exploring a delightful town in the sunshine with the Mediterranean as a backdrop – what could be better!