Taormina was founded as a resort town, as Sicilians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Saracens opted far the long stay and not just far political reasons. The Normans, in particular, consecrated it as the residential and tourist city, and it became, since then, a center far conferences and meetings, visits and stays. The most important monument of ancient and best preserved of Taormina is the theater, which was made into a wonderful vantage point from which you can admire the amount of Etna and the lonian Sea. On steps Filistide is engraved: it's the name of the wife of Hiero Il, tyrant of Syracuse, who most likely in the third century BC built the Theater in Taormina. The building was rebuilt in Roman times and, more specifically in the second century AD The theater of Taormina, in size, is the second largest after that of Siracusa in Sicily. At the top of the stairs is a double porch, covered with a vault. Thirty-six small niches open into the wall of the porch and maybe needed to accommodate some of the statues. In Roman times, the orchestra of the theater was converted into an arena far gladiator games. The scene has three large openings, flanked by niches with columns and relocated here in the nineteenth century by the architect Francesco Saverio Cava Ilari.

Since many years now, the theater of Taormina is a wonderful setting for culturaI events and international awards. From Mount Tauro, the theater, the church of Our Lady ofthe Rock and the Castle, the view flows freely from the mountains to the the sea where we find Isola Bella, a small island with a coast not far so that at times becomes the peninsula due to the tides. The beach is easily reached by cablecarTaormina - Mazzaro. Leaving the cable car you just have to cross the street and down the stairs. Considered the "pearl of the Ionio" far its rugged beauty and unspoilt, despite the passage of man, protected by the WWF, and recently declared a Nature Reserve, Isola Bella is a magical place: the best time to visit this area is from 'early spring untiI early autumn.
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