Hotel Orizzonte - Acireale
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Because Insignia is a relatively small cruise ship, it is able to anchor in the bay off of Taormina. Larger ships need to dock in nearby Messina or Catania, as we have on previous cruises.
It's actually a big deal, because seeing Taormina from the water is a treat. It’s nestled in the hills above the sea, and glowed golden for us in the morning sun.
... looks ancient, what with modern lighting and amplification equipment strewn across the stage in preparation for an upcoming performance.
Lunch was fabulous.
We were escorted to an upstairs dining room in the Baronessa Hotel, on an indoor open-air terrace facing the sea.
From the menu, this was the entrée course (after an appetizer and pasta dish): "Pearl of Swordfish in Heart of Wild Greens on ...
... The day was very hot - 30C at 8am and probably close to 40C in the afternoon. As a result, we did not have the clearest views of Etna. Nevertheless, at 9am, while exploring Il Teatro, we saw two plumes rising from the still-active volcano. We took a taxi to Taormina (elevation 400m) and a regional bus up to Castelmola (550 to 600m). The roads are unbelievably twisted as they head straight up the ...
We visited the Gole di Alcantare back on August 23rd but I just found my pictures so thought I'd add a little blog entry. It is a cool place.
On our way from Taormina to Mt. Etna we took a little detour to check out Gole di Alcantare, or the Alcantara Gorges. My understanding of these gorges is that thousands of years ago lava flows ...
... Sicily, Italy, in the Province of Messina, about midway between Messina and Catania, located 206 meters above the sea level on a hillside of monte Tauro, one of the last peaks of the mounts Peloritani. Taormina has been a very popular tourist destination since the 19th century. It has popular beaches (accessible via an aerial tramway) on the Ionian sea, which is remarkably warm and has a high salt ...