Taormina: amazing excursions organized by the Hotel

Sicily: a thousand-year old land where holidays never end.

The Hotel organizes fascinating excursions to Taormina, suggests itineraries and points of interest. Taormina is a well-known tourist town, because Siculi, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines and Saracens stayed there for a long time. All these civilizations, in particular, made it as a valuable residential tourist place, building one-of-a-kind places for congresses, conferences, visits and stays. The most important and best preserved ancient monument of Taormina is the Greek-Roman Theater, which was built in a panoramic point of rare magnificence, from which you can admire both Etna and the Ionian Sea. On some steps is engraved the name of Philistide, the wife of Hieron II, the tyrant of Syracuse who probably built the theater in the III century BC. The building was later rebuilt in Roman times and, more precisely, in the 2nd century AD.

The theater of Taormina is the second biggest in Sicily, after the one of Syracuse. At the top of the steps there is a double porch, covered by a vault. Thirty-six small niches open on the wall of the portico and perhaps served to accommodate some statues. In Roman times, the theater orchestra was transformed into an arena for gladiator games. The scene has three large openings, flanked by niches and columns. For years now, the theater of Taormina is a magnificent setting for cultural, political, musical and international awards. From Mount Tauro, from the theater, from the church of the Madonna della Rocca and from the Castle, the view goes from the mountains to the sea, where you can admire Isola Bella, a small island so close to the coast that after the tides, sometimes, it becomes a peninsula.
The beach is easily reached by the Taormina – Mazzarò cable car. When exiting the cable car you just have to cross the road and go down the stairs. Appreciated all over the world for its wild and untouched beauty, protected by the WWF and recently declared a Nature Reserve, Isola Bella is a magical place: the best time for an excursion goes from the beginning of the spring until the beginning of autumn.


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