Tuesday, August 12, 2008

About Taormina

Taormina the most beautiful town in Sicily, an old hilltop town full of history and culture and by the sea. Known as the "Pearl of the Mediterranean", Taormina is famous for its beauty , its incredible heritage in history , archaeology and architecture, as well as for its reputation in welcoming travellers. Taormina is perfectly situated to offer students easy access to the beautiful and historically important treasures of Sicily.

Taormina is like a treasure chest of history: walking along its main street, Corso Umberto, and the maze of narrow staircased streets and small beautiful squares, you find Theatres and Gymnasium from the Greek Age, Odeon and Baths from the Roman Age, beautiful buildings in which the Arab and the Norman cultures melt together in a memorable sense of beauty, traces of the Byzantine domination and beautiful villas which belonged to the European aristocracy in the XVIII and XIX centuries, all in the context of a small town on top of the hill of Monte Tauro, overlooking the coastline of the Ionian Sea.
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Access to the beaches is very easy. From the center of Taormina, in 2 minutes, a cable-car connects Taormina to the beaches. Isola Bella', the Bay of Mazzarrò, the Bay of Giardini Naxos, the Beach of Spisone, those are among the most famous beaches in Italy.

Taormina plays a fundamental role as one of the most important archaeological locations in Italy. In fact, the Greeks, fathers of Italian and European culture, settled their first colony in Italy exactly here in the Bay of Naxos, in 735 BC. Taormina is home to one of the most famous Greek Theatres in the world.