Sant'Antonio Garden Hotel
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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.
... us along the main walkway, a narrow street lined with shops mainly targeting tourists.
At the end of the street, which is maybe a mile long, is the ruin of a Greco-Roman theater. The Greeks built it in the 3rd century BC, and then the Romans expanded it 500 years later.
A few columns remain, and so do some of the original seats.
But the theater is now used for summer concerts, and it ...
... 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 ...
... the bottom people wade though the water, some bathing, some standing under the waterfalls coming off the cliffs, others just relaxing along the edges of the river and the pools of water that formed in the bottom of the gorge. The water was definitely refreshing given that it was quite cool and air temps were in the mid 30's when we were there.
... 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 ...