Taormina

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    Taormina on the Island of Sicily

    Taormina on the Island of Sicily
    ••• Visit Taormina When Your Ship Is Docked in Messina or Catania, 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...MORE 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
    ••• Visit Taormina When Your Ship Is Docked in Messina or Catania, Sicily 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
    ••• Visit Taormina When Your Ship Is Docked in Messina or Catania, Sicily 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
    ••• Visit Taormina When Your Ship Is Docked in Messina or Catania, Sicily 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
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    Taormina Candy Shop Window

    Taormina Candy Shop Window
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    Taormina Street Scene

    Taormina Street Scene
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    Taormina Alleyway

    Taormina Alleyway
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    Fruits and Vegetables for Sale in Taormina

    Fruits and Vegetables for Sale in Taormina
    ••• Visit Taormina When Your Ship Is Docked in Messina or Catania, Sicily Fruits and Vegetables for Sale in Taormina. Taormina (c) Linda Garrison
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    Taormina Square

    Taormina Square
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    Greek Theater in Taormina

    Greek Theater in Taormina
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    Taormina's Greek Theater

    Taormina's Greek Theater
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    Seating at the Greek Theater in Taormina

    Seating at the Greek Theater in Taormina
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    Taormina Greek Theater

    Taormina Greek Theater
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    Taormina Pottery

    Taormina Pottery
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    Blue and Yellow Medusa Pottery in Taormina

    Blue and Yellow Medusa Pottery in Taormina
    ••• Visit Taormina When Your Ship Is Docked in Messina or Catania, Sicily 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
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    Taormina Church

    Taormina Church
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    Taormina Building

    Taormina Building
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    Beautiful Bougainvillea of Taormina

    Beautiful Bougainvillea of Taormina
    ••• Visit Taormina When Your Ship Is Docked in Messina or Catania Beautiful Bougainvillea of Taormina. Taormina (c) Linda Garrison
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    Mountain Overlooking Taormina

    Mountain Overlooking Taormina
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    Fortress on Hilltop Overlooking Taormina

    Fortress on Hilltop Overlooking Taormina
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    Terraced Hills near Taormina, Sicily

    Terraced Hills near Taormina, Sicily
    ••• Visit Taormina When Your Ship Is Docked in Messina or Catania, Sicily Terraced Hills near Taormina, Sicily. Taormina (c) Linda Garrison