Italy has always been one of the most favourite tourist destinations of many travellers. The city of Florence, Venice and the countryside of Tuscany are always the top picks of many people who visit the country, but aside from these, there are also other parts of Italy which are worth anybody’s while, like the small town of Taormina in the eastern section of Sicily. Aside from the picturesque coastal areas, the town is filled with various attractions that will surely give any travel photographer more than enough reasons to be happy about going to this place.
The Monuments of Toarmina
Taormina is teeming with various architectural beauties from time past. First is the Greek-Roman Theatre in Toarmina, which the second largest ancient theatre in the whole of Sicily. Whether it is Greek or Roman is still a matter of debate, but either way it makes for one great photo op. The Odeon is another theatre whose ruins lie in behind the hill named after St. Catherine of Alexandria. This one was according to history no doubt built by the Romans back when Taormina was their colony.
There is also the mansion Badia Vecchia with its gothic architecture from the late 14th century. Another mansion that stands in Toarmina since the 13th century is the Palazzo Duca di St. Stefano with its massive stone walls and beautiful garden.
It seems as though that the Greeks and the Romans weren’t the only ones who had influenced Toarmina, because the Arabs had also left a monument which is a reminder of their stay in the area. The Palazzo Corvaja was once part of the fortress built by the Arabs back in the 11th century.
The Churches of Taormina
Old churches are also some of the best sights for many travel photographers.
The Duomo is considered to be Taormina’s main cathedral and religious icon. It was built sometime in the 15th century. However, the Doumo is not the church in the same place. In fact, a smaller medieval church once stood where the Doumo is right now. Both the inside and the outside of this cathedral provide wonderful pictures.
Another church in Taormina which was built atop an older church is the St. Pancras Church. The temple it was built upon is a Greek temple which was dedicated to Zeus, parts of which can still be seen around the church. Having been built in the 1500s, the churches architecture was influenced by Barocco style.
The St. George Church may not be as massive as the Duomo, but it is beautiful in its own way. It is relatively new as compared to the two churches mentioned above, having been built only in the early 1900s. It looks quaint and charming with its stone walls and small but lovely gardens. Its location is pretty idyllic as it provides you with an overlooking view of the Ionian Sea.
These beautiful structures of Taormina are some of the place’s best treasures. They not only reflect the history of the Taormina, but their rich cultural and religious heritage as well.
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