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Tour 4: Taormina

Over the ionic sea on a rock cliff rises the city of Taormina, the probably most visited city in Sicily. For centuries travelers from all over the world came to see Taormina, the view over the sea and on the snow-covered Etna, together with a fantastic townscape put a spell on the visitors.

Location and general information

Taormina is located at the east coast, between Catania and Messina. Ther are two motorway exits from the A 18 to Taormina. There is also a bus connection to the airport of Catania. Taormina has a railway station and an aerial ropeway leads from the upper city down to the sea. Taormina has approx. 10,000 inhabitants.

History of Taormina

The natives Sicilians, the Siculi, had already established a settlement in the close to the location where Taormina is tody. The people of Carthage enlarged it to the city of Tauromenion and they gave the Siculi the permission to settle there. Later the city was conquered by the Greeks. When Sicily became part of the Roman empire, Taormina had an important role in the first slave war, it was one of the last bases of the rebellion. In the ninth century it was one of the last fortresses of the Byzantine Empire in the fight against the Arabs. From that 19th century Taormina becomes an popular tourist destination for travelers from all over the world.

left: Isola Bella near Taormina
right: The beach of Taormina
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