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May 14, 2017 - Torturing the Italian language in Taormina

I am at the 'work' end of my trip and have just finished my first week of Italian classes in Taormina (I'm studying here for two weeks). The Babilonia language school is in a lovely setting with its own private garden and restaurant/bistro, only two minutes walk from my AirBnB apartment. In addition to the classes, the school organises social activities including a film night (in Italian with Italian subtitles), seminars (recent topics have included slow food and Sicilian literature), a dinner on the first night and Friday night aperitifs....

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Apr 30, 2017 - Sicilia ... the Motherland

Taormina, Mt Etna and Savoca - April 30-May 3 With an early morning start from Sorrento, we are on our way along the stunning Mediterranean coast, through the countryside and across the Strait of Messina to Sicily. The views are breathtaking and the anticipation grows. For Victor, this is an emotional time. La Bella Sicilia, the place of his birth. Even more special since he will be sharing it with his sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren. There is a saying among Sicilians that it is your blood that calls you back to the island and most...

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Sep 25, 2016 - Taormina

The last 4 nights of my Sicily tour were spent at Taormina, a very touristy and scenic town a couple of km’s from the sea. A nice view from my room and a spectacular one from the restaurant where we could look at a great view of Mt Etna and the coastline on the days it wasn't raining. We're told that it only rains in Sicily 5 days a year and we were unlucky enough to experience 3 of them. One day we went up Mt Etna to about 3000 metres. It was very foggy there. It was followed by a visit to a winery where we tasted far too many lovely wines...

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Pam's Europe 2016

Jun 6, 2015 - Taormina

What a difference sleep makes! One bright side of yesterday was that it was raining the entire day while we were driving and today it's beautiful. So we spent the rainy day in the car... We woke to a wonderful breakfast - not the usual eggs and bacon. I took pictures of the food because it was unique and delicious. Not an egg in sight! Eggplant, tomatoes, cheese, bread and creativity. Wonderful pastries and delicious fresh fruit. I've been eating melon, apricots and cherries like a fiend. We decided to go far afield and visit Siracusa, the...

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Jun 5, 2015 - On the road to Sicily

Well, today was our most challenging day yet. A 12 hour travel day with quite a few snags. We woke up early to drive from the Amalfi coast to the Reggio Calabria to catch the ferry to Sicily. We were ready to go when not one but 2 drivers showed up to take us to Sorrento to pick up our car. We booked one through our hotel and unbeknownst to us, our travel agent also booked us a ride. The one that our travel agent booked called us a few days ago to confirm and we thought it was the one booked through our hotel, so we confirmed. Long story...

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May 10, 2015 - Mt Etna and Taormina

The bus had to back out of the street and he hotel was in as all the roads over here are very small. Many places we couldn't even get the bus too, we've had to leave the bus and walk to the motel, so at least this had service to the door. Leaving tho proved difficult as negotiating the tight corners was tricky with cars parked all over the place. Luckily we made it out and soon we were on our way to Mt Etna. It took at fair while to get there but we had glimpses of it most of the way as we snaked around the very hilly very windy skinny...

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The Italian Job

Apr 28, 2015 - etna, I'm glad I met ya

OK, if anyone were actually reading this, I would tell you I have already misspoken twice on this entry...that is, we only got as far as Naxos, not Taormina, and I didn't meet it...but I did get an eyeful of it in all her snowy, brie-like grandeur. Why is that? Well, the bone crushing schedule of the previous 3 days of 9 hours touring per day precluded and major assault on it or even the historic town of Taormina. So there, I am officially old and a weiner much like the dog. Poor kids. Naxos, since I cannot speak for Taomina gave me the...

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Nov 2, 2014 - The town of Taormina near Mt. Etna

Anchored off Naxos Beach and tendered in to the town of Naxos. From the ship we had a beautiful view of Snow topped Mt. Etna. Shared a cab with 6 other people up to the town of Taormina perched high atop a hill. This is one of our favorite places to visit, having spent time here 34 years ago when we toured Sicily with the children. We strolled around the town and were able to finally send our TripUpdates. We also walked around the Greek Theatre built in the 3rd century BC. This theatre is still used today and this evening there is a...

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Nov 1, 2014 - Taormina

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Italy chapter on Sicily has to say about Taormina: “Spectacularly situated on a terrace of Monte Tauro, with views westwards to Mt Etna, Taormina is a beautiful small town, remi¬niscent of Capri or an Amalfi coastal resort. Over the centuries, Taormina has seduced an exhaustive line of writers and artists, aristo¬crats and royalty, and these days it’s host to a summer arts festival (p792) that packs the town with international visitors. Perched on its eyrie, Taormina is...

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Apr 24, 2014 - Taormina, Sicily

Taormina is a beautiful ancient hilltop town located on the east coast of Sicily. The town is spectacularly situated on a natural terrace in the shadow of rocky Monte Tauro. First settled by the Greeks in 403 BC it was later seized by the Romans, then the Byzantines, then the Arabs arrived in the 10C AD. We took a taxi up to the town gate from the tender drop off point and walked through the narrow lanes lined with chic boutiques, souvenir shops, cafes etc to the Roman – Greco Theatre. We were first off the ship and onto the tender so had...

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Mar 31, 2014 - Mt Edna and Wine tour Sicily

ENO-GASTRONOMIC WINE TOUR ON SLOPES OF ETNA: We will be leased to pick you up at your place at your most convenient time in the morning, (advisable 9,00 a.m.) and drive to mount Etna through Sicilian towns (Santa Venerina, Zafferana...) and visit some old lava flow on the way. We stop at a local family honey farm where it is possible to taste local Etna wine, a selection of natural honey (orange, lemon, eucalyptus, strawberry.), almond pastries, olives, extra virgin olive oil, etc… We then drive to one of the most known and old winery in...

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Mar 30, 2014 - Taormina Sicily the Godfather Tour

THE UNKNOWN SICILIAN VILLAGES / GODFATHER TOUR: a Step Back in Time in Savoca - Forza D'Agrò and Castelmola: Enjoy an introduction to the real Sicily exploring the towns of Savoca and Forza D'Agro with your local driver who so proudly call these area's home. Starting from your place and with a leisure drive, we will first visit the medieval charming village of Savoca. We will take a walk on the panoramic promenade to the famous church of Sant'Nicolò or better called Santa Lucia which was used in the Godfather movie for the marriage of Al...

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