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Taormina on the Island of Sicily
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.
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View of the Taormina Harbor from the Greek TheaterContinue to 3 of 23 below.
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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.Continue to 4 of 23 below.
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Taormina Street SceneContinue to 5 of 23 below.
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Growing Lemons on a Balcony in TaorminaContinue to 6 of 23 below.
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Taormina Candy Shop WindowContinue to 7 of 23 below.
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Taormina Street SceneContinue to 8 of 23 below.
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Taormina AlleywayContinue to 9 of 23 below.
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Fruits and Vegetables for Sale in TaorminaContinue to 10 of 23 below.
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Taormina SquareContinue to 11 of 23 below.
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Greek Theater in TaorminaContinue to 12 of 23 below.
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Taormina's Greek TheaterContinue to 13 of 23 below.
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Seating at the Greek Theater in TaorminaContinue to 14 of 23 below.
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Taormina Greek TheaterContinue to 15 of 23 below.
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Taormina PotteryContinue to 16 of 23 below.
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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.Continue to 17 of 23 below.
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Taormina City GateContinue to 18 of 23 below.
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Taormina ChurchContinue to 19 of 23 below.
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Taormina BuildingContinue to 20 of 23 below.
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Beautiful Bougainvillea of TaorminaContinue to 21 of 23 below.
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Mountain Overlooking TaorminaContinue to 22 of 23 below.
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Fortress on Hilltop Overlooking TaorminaContinue to 23 of 23 below.
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Terraced Hills near Taormina, Sicily