586 Photos - Nov 29, 2012
Photo: Arrival : the view at midnight across the bay below Taormina - 600 feet above sea levelPhoto: The rows of lights lower right aren't apartments, but cemetery votive lampsPhoto: Here's an early morning closeup of a Sicilian cemetery to cheer youPhoto: The by by day: right across the road below the church a construction sitePhoto: Beyond the bay, the straits of Messina and the Calabrian coastPhoto: There's a cable car to take you from 197m to 25m and a chance to swim in the MediterraneanPhoto: Attached to the north side of the church is a flat for visiting clerics dedicated in 1984Photo: The church caretaker and his wife live across the street in the family B&BPhoto: Here's the main entrance to St George's churchPhoto: Surrounding church garden is tended by volunteersPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Interior viewPhoto: Taormina town Messina gatePhoto: The church of Sta Caterina, with town museum on rightPhoto: St Caterina interior - Sicilian baroquePhoto: Piazza Sant'AgostinoPhoto: Photo: Looking south towards Giardini NaxosPhoto: The church of San Giuseppe on the piazza Sant' Agostino aka piazza IX AprilePhoto: Redundant church of Sant' Agostino turned into public libraryPhoto: Taormina's Duomo- the 12-15 cent basilica of St Nicolo de Bari. The piazza fountain is crowned by a centaurPhoto: Photo: Inside Taormina's DuomoPhoto: Photo: Basilica of St Nicolo interior - pink columns may be from ancient templePhoto: Note the amazing sculpted bronze door as well as the posing pidgeonPhoto: Taormina Duomo north entrancePhoto: Millennium sculpture cross Duomo TaorminaPhoto: Photo: Photo: Fruit 'n veg on sale daily outside the Catania gatePhoto: Fruits and veg on sale down here as well as fashion itemsPhoto: View of the sea shore and Isola Bella 500ft below Taormina townPhoto: Photo: Taormina's Graeco-Roman theatre goes back to 3rd century BCPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: A party of school children does the tourPhoto: Photo: Photo: Taormina town centre is close byPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Those schoolkids againPhoto: Photo: In a back street not far away, a mini version - the Roman equivalent of a flea-pit theatrePhoto: Sicilian pietyPhoto: Sta Domenica churchPhoto: In the Parco G Colonna, TaorminaPhoto: Is it a folly or a giant kid's play house - Parco G ColonnaPhoto: Photo: One of Edward VII's mistresses, helped created the public garden in TaorminaPhoto: Military memorial - Parco Colonna, TaorminaPhoto: Midget submarine of type used by Italians against allied warships in World War TwoPhoto: Photo: Isola Bella, Taormina LidoPhoto: The view over the Gulf of Naxos, Mt Etna is abovePhoto: Photo: Angel travellers - Parco Colonna, TaorminaPhoto: Ancient Roman gymnasium walls once part of Taormina forumPhoto: Photo: Green grocery - Sicilian stylePhoto: Photo: View towards Lettojani from Taormina - best night shot so farPhoto: Taormina's covered market, Saturday morningPhoto: Overlooking Taormina from the Via Crucis steps up to the Saracen CastlePhoto: Taormina's Graeco-Roman theatre seen from above townPhoto: Looking south across the Gulf of NaxosPhoto: Taormina, looking right down from the Sanctuary of Madonna della RoccaPhoto: The Sanctuary of the Madonna della Rocca inside the mountain promontoryPhoto: The ancient hill town of Castelmola, looking across from the Sanctuario della MadonnaPhoto: Looking down on the Sanctuary della Madonna, Giardini Naxos beyondPhoto: The cable car ascends 162 metres to Taormina town from the lidoPhoto: Polizia busy checking someone's i/dPhoto: Christmas Market TaorminaPhoto: Photo: Cafe in the piazza Victor Emmanuel, TaorminaPhoto: Bright moment, stormy weather - Monte Scuderi has today' crock of goldPhoto: Night view again from the VicaragePhoto: Photo: Dawn lightPhoto: Old Roman playhouse in Taormina - part of the ForumPhoto: Steps up the hillside to the Via Crucis walk up Monte TauroPhoto: Yeah, Etna again - really nice dayPhoto: 16th century  Taormina palazzo with a view to die forPhoto: Photo: Up there CastelmolePhoto: Saracen fortress atop Monte TauroPhoto: 15th century palazzo turned night club (closed)Photo: 1st Xmas decoration seenPhoto: Inside Taomina's public library in former 16th century church of St AgostinoPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Chapel on way down steps to stationPhoto: Shrine at the bottomPhoto: Outside Taormina Giardino railway stationPhoto: That's the posh station buildingPhoto: High quality central booking hall, one of Italy's finest stationsPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Which way did Montalbano go?Photo: Photo: Photo: Classy clockPhoto: Designer waiting room furniturePhoto: Photo: Photo: And an exhibit case of ancient finds in station entrancePhoto: Giardini Naxos Sea FrontPhoto: Photo: Outdoor Nativity, Giardini Naxos townPhoto: Garibaldi fondly remembered herePhoto: Modernistic central church Giardini NaxosPhoto: Photo: Something more traditional tooPhoto: Photo: Photo: White and pick flower on this treePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Bye Giardini NaxosPhoto: Presepio - Nativity scene, church of St Antonio AbatePhoto: St Antonio Abate church, outside Porta Catania, TaorminaPhoto: Climbing to CastelmolePhoto: View across to the sanctuary of Madonna della Rocca from stepsPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Saracen Castle with Sanctuario della Madonna della Rocca belowPhoto: Photo: Extreme property development at CastelmolePhoto: Photo: Abandoned olive farmer's housePhoto: Nearly at the top of the steps, an ancient chapel with a fab viewPhoto: Not quite so ancient, maybe c11th  - aka St Blaise, early 4th century Armenian physician and martyrPhoto: Photo: Looking down on Monte Tauro from CastelmolePhoto: Castle and sanctuary in closeupPhoto: Photo: Passing container ship - and 500ft above it, the San Domenico Palace HotelPhoto: Rediscovered mediaeval fresco of Virgin & child in St Biagio chapelPhoto: Mount Etna, seen from 1700 feet upPhoto: Mediaeval church of Sant Giorgio, patron of CastelmolePhoto: View from Castelmole to the northPhoto: Sicilian Nativity, CastelmolePhoto: Looking up towards Castello remains, CastelmolePhoto: Looking down on Monte Tauro and TaorminaPhoto: Saracen Castle, Monte TauroPhoto: Taormina's Graeco-Roman theatre from CastelmolePhoto: St George's  Taormina is down there bottom left beneath the pink buildingPhoto: Isola Bella in the backgroundPhoto: Photo: Looking down from Castelmole Castello on to village main square and beyondPhoto: Looking south toward Etna from Castello, CastelmolaPhoto: Photo: Photo: Castello walls CastelmolaPhoto: Photo: Photo: Duomo, CastelmolaPhoto: Castelmola public libraryPhoto: Cathedral Square, CastelmolaPhoto: Duomo, CastelmolaPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Greek inscription on lower tablet dates settlement to time of Constantine the Great, fourth centuryPhoto: Castelmole public libraryPhoto: Photo: Marian shrine, CastelmolePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Corso Umberto, TaorminaPhoto: Mediaeval San Domenico Convent, now a grand hotelPhoto: Photo: Fashion photo-shoot, piazza Sant Agostino, TaorminaPhoto: Photo: Piazza Sant Agostino - public library, once an Augustinian hemritagePhoto: Double vision SantaPhoto: Photo: Christmas Market, TaorminaPhoto: Photo: Photo: Isola Bella, Taormina lidoPhoto: Looking south from Mazzaro across Isola Bella, Taormina lidoPhoto: Interior of public library, formerly a 16th century church, being prepared for an exhibiitonPhoto: Palazzo Ciampoli, TaorminaPhoto: Palazzo Sant Stefano, TaorminaPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Campanile of former Carmelite church betrays origins as minaretPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Former San Domenico Convent, TaorminaPhoto: Photo: Spisone BeachPhoto: Umbrella gridlock, Porta Media TaorminaPhoto: Photo: Wet weddingPhoto: Photo: Christmas lights at last - on the feast of Santa LuciaPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Installing the Christmas lightsPhoto: Photo: Gloom over CastelmolePhoto: From the top of Salita Branco - steps up the side of Monte TauroPhoto: Photo: Piazza Sant Agostino in festive moodPhoto: Sant Giuseppe Church in piazza Sant AgostinoPhoto: Christmas Market promoPhoto: Photo: Santa takes time out from toy shopPhoto: Duomo, in Advent - Christmas decorPhoto: Photo: Photo: Local pazzoPhoto: Remote view of the game in Taormina footie stadiumPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Mazzaro, steps down to the seaPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Isola Bella Hotel, Taormina LIdoPhoto: Steps up to TaorminaPhoto: Photo: CastelmolePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Sant Pancrazio Church on ancient Graeco Roman temple site, TaorminaPhoto: Photo: Mobile greengrocer, piazza Victor Emmanuele, TaorminaPhoto: Photo: Sant Domenico tower, TaorminaPhoto: Photo: Sant Michaele chapel TaorminaPhoto: Palazzo Sant StefanoPhoto: Dawn light - photo not re-touchedPhoto: Photo: Photo: Wednesday MarketPhoto: Mistletoe anyone?Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Spisone beachPhoto: Photo: Letonjanni aftenoonPhoto: Photo: Photo: Decorating the tree with lightsPhoto: Wedding insidePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Spot the bridePhoto: The bride is on the phonePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Spot the electrician on platform behind, rigging tree lightsPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Argentinian street artist at work on piazza Sant'AgostinoPhoto: Local crazy manPhoto: Cutting down diseased Palm trees at st George'sPhoto: Photo: Photo: A tiny boring mite hollows out the stem and kills off the plantPhoto: The pieces can weigh well over a hundredweightPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: The end result of a day and a half's workPhoto: These palms were over 50 years oldPhoto: Storm brews over Gulf of NaxosPhoto: Taormina's Duomo gets dressed for ChristmasPhoto: Piazza Sant'Agostino, public library behind the treePhoto: Photo: Persimmon ready to pick in someone's gardenPhoto: One of a dozen veggie trucks that sell in TaorminaPhoto: Photo: Photo: Isola Bella beachPhoto: Photo: St George's church 'praesepio'Photo: Still building the one outside Taormina's Duomo when I arrivedPhoto: Preparing the Christmas firePhoto: Christmas Eve bonfire prepared 3 days early, largo Sta Caterina, TaorminaPhoto: Convent presepioPhoto: Warm enough to sit outside on Corso UmbertoPhoto: Refreshed by the climb up to CastelmolaPhoto: Photo: Babbo Natale disco for the tiniesPhoto: Babbo Natale, aka Santa ClausPhoto: Photo: St George's TaorminaPhoto: St George's Anglican Church TaorminaPhoto: Photo: Christmas Eve, outside the DuomoPhoto: Processing into San Giuseppe with the bambinoPhoto: A traditionally dressed bagpiper leads the wayPhoto: Photo: The priest shows the bambino to the peoplePhoto: Christmas Eve bonfire at largo Sta Caterina, but no Midnight MassPhoto: Two Franciscan sisters outside Duomo on Christmas EvePhoto: Photo: Arch-priest accompanied by four Knights of Malta processes into DuomoPhoto: Photo: Photo: Christmas Morning, largo St CaterinaPhoto: Photo: Christmas Day sunshinePhoto: Photo: Mount Etna on Christmas DayPhoto: Taormina's Duomo Christmas lunchtimePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Bambino installed at San'Giuseppe, behind the Holy Family, is Mount EtnaPhoto: A chocolate treat with MammaPhoto: Chocolate fountain at piazza Carmine Choccy fayrePhoto: Chocolate Nativity scenePhoto: Photo: Santa's road trainPhoto: Photo: Photo: Family re-union on Scala Guardiola, Taormina, Boxing DayPhoto: Restaurant 'presepio'Photo: Duomo combines 'presepio' with ship of faith in 2012 Vatican theme logoPhoto: Rhiannon, Kath & Anto at St George's TaorminaPhoto: Photo: Window shopping on the Corso UmbertoPhoto: Photo: Photo: The best dollies shop imaginablePhoto: Photo: Photo: Special purchasePhoto: Mum & Daughter posing in Vicolo StrettoPhoto: Waiting for customersPhoto: Taormina's choccy fayrePhoto: Photo: Etna puffing out dust at sunsetPhoto: Full moon, Corso UmbertoPhoto: Convento Sta Caterina Chapter Room/Library, dated 1539Photo: Photo: Cloister, Convento Sta CaterinaPhoto: Photo: Photo: Convento Sta Caterina, view from the top of street named after Miss Mabel HillPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Guardiola from Isola Bella beachPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Train passingPhoto: Photo: Photo: Convento Sta Caterina chapel - 16th centuryPhoto: Ecumenical prayer for peace 29th December 2012Photo: Photo: Photo: Pedara main square and the town's mother churchPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: A feast for eyes and tummy in the local PasticceriaPhoto: Family visit to Taormina's Roman Odeon theatrePhoto: Photo: Photo: Piping out the old year in TaorminaPhoto: Photo: Photo: Party time in piazza Sant'Agostino TaorminaPhoto: Business as usual on the streets, New Year's EvePhoto: Photo: Deejaying in the New YearPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Ten minutes to MidnightPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Riding the cable car togetherPhoto: Photo: Just setting off downhillPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Kath & Anto on their balcony, Hotel Isola BellaPhoto: Photo: Isola BellaPhoto: Restaurant ChristmasPhoto: Photo: Photo: On the beach at Isola BellaPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Starting the Isola Bella tourPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: