Taormina, Sicily is a Slice of Heaven

Greetings,

Haven’t blogged in a while, thought I was dead? I sorta am considering I’m in heaven, that was cheesy. Cheesy like the lasagna I wolfed down for a late lunch. Seriously, Taormina, Sicily is a premium slice from the pizza that is this planet, with extra Parmesan. Alliterations aside, this place is heavenly.

We got here a few days ago and my mother grabbed my arm saying “Robert, this place is heaven, I’m in heaven” and immediately changed our booking from 2 days to the rest of the trip basically. We had grandiose plans to see other places but I’m not complaining, this place is something special.

If I was backpacking around the globe like I typically do, would have never come. It’s packed with tourists, mainly the “Baby Boomer” crowd and couples who realize that coming here could solve anything. If you are on a romantic get away to Italy, check this place out.

What makes Taormina so awesome?

It’s a picturesque village of considerable size that is carved into the side of the cliff filled hills overhanging the sea.There are churches from the 12th century and castles perched on the tops of the hills. Beautiful flowers and birds singing as this small village marches to its own beat. At the base of the hills is a beautiful beach which I’ve yet to explore. Will note that I love being here but living here, especially off-season must be incredibly slow.

The main drag is a long street with many side streets which are no wider than a sidewalk with stairways made of stone ascending and descending from either side. They are draped with galleries, jewelers, restaurants and every type of high end clothing you could imagine. There is literally something for everyone, all I’ve bought is drinks, dinner and enough gelato to clog both our arteries.

I could go on but the photos talk for themselves.

Obviously, put this place on your “things to do list”.

Tips hat,

16 Comments

  1. Christina

    May 19, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Ah, Taormina. It really is unlike anyplace else. Love the looming Mt Etna… add a bit of drama, don’t you think?

    Randomly, I had my first hangover in Taormina. We stayed at a pensione and the landlady decided to make fish stew in the morning. It was quite the memory! 🙂

    • Rob

      May 20, 2011 at 9:00 am

      Not sure if I remember my 1st hangover, definitely my last. 😉

  2. Lindsay

    May 19, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    I’m going! (now that I’ve seen this) We’ll be in Italy next May. Wonderful pic of your mom (think it’s your mom?)–she’s beautiful!.
    Couple of questions–how hot is it right now/and is it humid? and where do you recommend to stay?
    (looks like place you guys are staying is great)
    thx Rob–Lindsay

    • Rob

      May 20, 2011 at 9:00 am

      Ask me in Priv, regarding hotel, I’ll tell you. The weather is not humid and its warm during the day but sometimes chilly at night, if that makes sense.

      • Lindsay

        May 20, 2011 at 11:38 am

        thx, will do

  3. Bean

    May 19, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Beautiful place, can understand why you are staying a while.

    • Rob

      May 20, 2011 at 9:03 am

      Indeed

  4. Adventurous Kate

    May 19, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Rob, you’ve outdone yourself on the photos. Stunning.

    I’m sure the gorgeous setting doesn’t hurt! 🙂

    • Rob

      May 20, 2011 at 9:01 am

      It’s not the photographer, it’s the scene in front of them.

  5. Ray Sone Hovijitra

    May 19, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Beautiful! Thx for sharing!! Cheers, Ray and Nok

    • Rob

      May 20, 2011 at 9:03 am

      Thanks Ray

  6. Douglas E. Welch

    May 20, 2011 at 12:22 am

    Great to see your photos. We visited in 2000 on a trip to reconnect with my wife’s family on the island. Our 3rd trip is set for late July. I think I will ask the relatives to make a day trip back to Taormina again. It is certainly lovely.

    • Rob

      May 20, 2011 at 9:03 am

      Do it, it’s a beautiful place. Feel lucky to have the chance to visit. The gelato is out of this world as well.

  7. Christy @ Ordinary Traveler

    May 20, 2011 at 11:10 am

    You are making me want to hop on a plane and go back there NOW! I think Taormina is one of the only places I’ve traveled to so far that I could really see myself setting down roots. I did the same thing as you and changed my stay from 3 days to 2 weeks! Have to been to Morgana Bar? If you go say hi to Guido for me! 🙂

    • Rob

      May 20, 2011 at 11:20 am

      I’d have to agree, it’s just almost out of a fairy tale, if I can say that. Everything is so picturesque. I’m curious what it’s like in he winter though without the crowds or the weather?

  8. Cailin

    May 21, 2011 at 11:32 am

    So pretty! I will now have to add that to my extremely long list of places to visit too! 🙂

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