Taormina

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Taormina on the Island of Sicily

Taormina on the Island of Sicily
Taormina (c) Linda Garrison

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.

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View of the Taormina Harbor from the Greek Theater

View of the Taormina Harbor from the Greek Theater
Taormina (c) Linda Garrison
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Small Cruise Ships in the Taormina Harbor

Small Cruise Ships in the Taormina Harbor
Taormina (c) Linda Garrison

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

Taormina Street Scene
Taormina (c) Linda Garrison
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Growing Lemons on a Balcony in Taormina

Growing Lemons on a Balcony in Taormina
Taormina (c) Linda Garrison
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Taormina Candy Shop Window

Taormina Candy Shop Window
Taormina (c) Linda Garrison
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Taormina Street Scene

Taormina Street Scene
Taormina (c) Linda Garrison
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Taormina Alleyway

Taormina Alleyway
Taormina (c) Linda Garrison
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Fruits and Vegetables for Sale in Taormina

Fruits and Vegetables for Sale in Taormina
Taormina (c) Linda Garrison
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Taormina Square

Taormina Square
Taormina (c) Linda Garrison
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Greek Theater in Taormina

Greek Theater in Taormina
Taormina (c) Linda Garrison
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Taormina's Greek Theater

Taormina's Greek Theater
Taormina (c) Linda Garrison
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Seating at the Greek Theater in Taormina

Seating at the Greek Theater in Taormina
Taormina (c) Linda Garrison
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Taormina Greek Theater

Taormina Greek Theater
Taormina (c) Linda Garrison
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Taormina Pottery

Taormina Pottery
Taormina (c) Linda Garrison
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Blue and Yellow Medusa Pottery in Taormina

Blue and Yellow Medusa Pottery in Taormina
Taormina (c) Linda Garrison

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.

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Taormina City Gate

Taormina City Gate
Taormina (c) Linda Garrison
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Taormina Church

Taormina Church
Taormina (c) Linda Garrison
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Taormina Building

Taormina Building
Taormina (c) Linda Garrison
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Beautiful Bougainvillea of Taormina

Beautiful Bougainvillea of Taormina
Taormina (c) Linda Garrison
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Mountain Overlooking Taormina

Mountain Overlooking Taormina
Taormina (c) Linda Garrison
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Fortress on Hilltop Overlooking Taormina

Fortress on Hilltop Overlooking Taormina
Taormina (c) Linda Garrison
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Terraced Hills near Taormina, Sicily

Terraced Hills near Taormina, Sicily
Taormina (c) Linda Garrison
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