Resort Town on the Island of Sicily - Mediterranean Cruise Port
Taormina is a small coastal town on the island of Sicily. It has been settled for over 2000 years and has been a popular tourist destination and artist conclave since the 19th century. Its popularity is easy to understand. Taormina sits on a hill overlooking the Ionian Sea and has enough interesting shops, narrow streets, and fascinating sights to continue to attract millions of tourists each year.
Many of today's tourists visit from cruise ships either docked at Messina and Catania, or anchored in Taormina's harbor. It's about 25 miles from each city, and buses either bring the tourists to a parking garage where they take an elevator up to the town or drop them off at an offsite parking lot where they transfer to small vans that can navigate some of the narrow streets of Taormina.
With many artists in residence, it's not surprising that artwork and pottery are popular items in the shops lining the narrow streets of Taormina. Interspersed with the shops are numerous bars and cafes that are perfect for people-watching. Those who enjoy ancient history should not miss the Greek theater, which has great views of the ocean and of Mt. Etna.
These photos provide a glimpse of this popular Sicilian town.
View of the Taormina Harbor from the Greek Theater
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Small Cruise Ships in the Taormina Harbor
Small cruise ships can anchor in the Taormina Harbor; larger ones dock at Messina or Catania and bus their passengers along the coastal highway to Taormina.
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Taormina Street Scene
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Growing Lemons on a Balcony in Taormina
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Taormina Candy Shop Window
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Taormina Street Scene
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Fruits and Vegetables for Sale in Taormina
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Greek Theater in Taormina
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Taormina's Greek Theater
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Seating at the Greek Theater in Taormina
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Taormina Greek Theater
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Blue and Yellow Medusa Pottery in Taormina
Much of the pottery in Taormina is colored blue and yellow, and much of it is also adorned with a picture of Medusa, one of the symbols of this Sicilian town.