Saturday, April 21, 2007

Taormina, Sicilia

Taormina, Sicily, now a popular tourist destination, was once a Greek colony known as Tauromenion. Two hundred years after its founding circa 400BC the small town was converted from Greek to Roman as a result of the Second Punic War. Evidence of its Ancient inhabitants is the Teatro Greco, one of the largest ampitheaters in Sicily built by the Greeks and rebuilt by the Romans. Its remains overlook the Ionian Sea and are still used today as a theater for performances. In addition to the theater, tourists come to enjoy Taormina's warm-water beaches and hilly coastline. Visitors have access to the beaches via airway tram that runs down the mountain every fifteen minutes at about a euro.
Greg Scarmo

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