Day 10: Away from the crowds in Taormina
Trip Start May 30, 2013
30Trip End Jun 29, 2013
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Our breakfast table was situated on a picture perfect patio overlooking the Sea – we chose a table in the shade yet positioned so we could feel a slight breeze. For our breakfast we were spoilt for choices! This is our first breakfast with cooked to order hot dishes and we totally indulged ourselves – with an assorted fruit, meats, and cheese plates. We tasted granita which is homemade with fresh strawberries, sugar and ice topped with whipped cream – sort of like a fruit smoothie in consistency but much sweeter and served with a brioche
By 9:05 AM when we walked the Corso Umberto over to the Greek Theatre there was hardly anyone in sight! What a different feel. By 9:10AM when we arrived at the Greek Theatre, there were few others on the grounds. We sauntered around soaking in the great views of Taormina and the surrounding mountains. We took photos of each other, asked others to take photos of us, took photos of others – all of us shared ideas of where a good spot would be for a photo. It was sunny and the temperature was already in the high 70’s. When the areas for good photos were filled with people on tours, we departed, having thoroughly enjoyed our stroll and the endless views that always inspire me.
Oh my gosh, the bus ride up to Castelmola was a bit scarry – I had a window seat and the sheer drop-offs down the mountain made me just want to look straight out. Harvey who had been driving on the narrow roads yesterday up Mt Etna to Sant-Alfo asked if this was what the drop-offs looked like when he had been driving
Now Castelmola is high above Taormina and is like a little hamlet on a promontory, with tiny streets and alleys, small shops, restaurants, church, private residences and a castello. Walking the small streets, we looked for a place to sit and settle with a cold drink. Harvey saw a small place with an inviting terrace with tables and petunias in terracotta planters and in we went. It wasn’t yet noon, but we tried two refreshingly cool beers and a large bottle of water. We hung out enjoying the ambience of this friendly place and when it just seemed right, we moved on to explore Castelmola. The Castello was closed for construction, but we visited the atmospheric Church and walked the numerous shaded alleys and found more views. Charming.
Before heading down to Taormina on the foot path, we decided to have a simple lunch. We checked out some options but in the end decided to return to our earlier refreshment stop, the Trattoria Pizzeria "Il Vicolo"
The walk down from Castelmola to Taormina was, well, downhill – sounds silly, but it actually was quite uplifting. The walkways changed to stairs and then changed back to walkways
After a brief rest and a much needed shower, we joined Barry & Karen on the rooftop terrace of the Hotel Villa Schuler with its drop dead gorgeous views. We opened one of our complementary bottles of wine and chatted as the sun went down and the temperature cooled down. On this rooftop terrace, we were high enough to have the top of a pine tree right next to where we were sitting. Several pigeons were cooing as we bantered about and told stories. Just hanging out time.
Before dinner, we took another stroll through the Communal Garden visiting another section. We had chosen a few restaurants on TripAdvisor, but being undecided among us we opted to take the recommendation of the hotel front desk staff person
All and all, we were happy that the day flowed as it did and we enjoyed ourselves. Thank you again, TripAdvisors!
Tomorrow is our last day in Sicily. Signing off now – going to research the suggestions made so we can discuss at breakfast tomorrow. We all can’t believe that tomorrow is our last day in Sicily!
Lesson learned – we should always ask before making a reservation if there are vegetarian appetizers and main courses that are made without milk, cream or cheese! And remember to read TripAdvisor reviews! And remember to write TripAdvisor restaurant reviews so we all help each other!