SAMUEL DAVID BRAVO

photography

Taormina

Sicily, Italy
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May 2011

Taormina is a comune in Sicily perched on a cliff overlooking the Ionian Sea. The town is located between the Peloritani mountains and Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe.

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We arrived to Sicily by porting in Messina, the city overseeing the Strait of the same name. We ascended the cliffs via highway and arrived to Taormina.

The town had many nice courtyards and old churches from the Middle Ages. I liked the fountains in the square facing the Duomo, a 13th Century cathedral. There was a female Minotaur, the emblem of Taormina, holding an orb and scepter, and my personal favorite was the seated fish-horse fountain.

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After we walked around the town, we went to the ancient Greek theatre. The auditorium faced a stage bordering the cliff and both the sea and Taormina were visible behind. The brick layout and Corinthian columns still stood after being built 2300 years ago. It would be very nice to see an opera here.

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On our way back to the ship we saw the Cathedral of Messina's complicated bell tower with all of its golden figures, including a planetarium. It was nice to see all the moving parts when the hour struck.

Although I only saw a fraction of the island, Sicily was very nice and sunny, as expected from a Mediterranean location, and I quite enjoyed its Italian style.

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