Travel Blogs from Taormina
... the Straits of Messina, and working our way into the channel, which separates Sicily from mainland Italy. As we are making our way from the Ionian to the Tyrrhenian seas, Marina brought us a "cockpit luncheon feast". Sipping on a glass of white wine to wash the sandwiches and pizza down..... yes, indeed, life does not get better. It took us about 8 hours to get from Taormina to Milazzo. Once we tied up in the small little harbor, two things struck me: 1. off ...
... under the Roman dominion. For we learn from Cicero that Tauromenium was one of the three cities in Sicily which enjoyed the privileges of a civitas foederata or allied city, thus retaining a nominal independence, and was not even subject, like Messana, to the obligation of furnishing ships of war when called upon. The city, however, suffered severe calamities during the Servile War in Sicily (134-132 BC), having fallen into the hands of the insurgent slaves, who, on account ...
The clocks moved forward one hour overnight, so our sleep-in was REALLY late - to 9:30 am. We had breakfast, then alternated 2-hour stints between reading in the room, and up on deck. That was really the extent of our day - and it was perfect. It was formal night, so after dressing in our finest, we returned to the molecular bar. We each had a different cocktail - again, delicious. Dinner was good, though not quite as outstanding as it ...
... inside, thanks to the wind. Jacques, Marina and Frederick spent the latter part of the afternoon, and well into the evening catching up on the sleep they have lost the last 36 hours. Jacques slept for a while, and now he is up, talking on his phone, and making us dinner. This is now our quiet evening at home. Tomorrow we will still be here, to shop till we drop in the rain..... Good night and sweet, calming ...
We docked in the Sicilian port of Messina around 10 am and quickly departed for our tour titled "Taste of Sicily: Mt. Etna & Taormina." We boarded our assigned bus, and found that our guide had the most incredible accent: she was Sicilian, but had clearly leaned English from British instructors. So she had a perfect Manchester British accent, with a slight Italian inflection. It was really fun. The drive to Mt. Etna took about an hour, during which time our guide told us ...
Other places to stay in Taormina
Via Pirandello 39, Taormina | 3 star villafrom $172
Leonardo da Vinci 25, Taormina | Villafrom $73
Via San Pancrazio 25/27, Taormina | 3 star villafrom $105
Nazionale, 173 loc. Spisone, Taormina | 1 star villafrom $130
Nazionale 101, Taormina | Villafrom $65