Taormina - Truly Beautiful!
Chosen by only the most discerning of the rich and famous as home, Taormina is a small town on the east coast of the island of Sicily, Italy, in the Province of Messina, about midway between Messina and Catania. For anyone who has visited, Taormina is a magical place of unspoiled beauty. It has small cinematically perfect beaches (accessible via an aerial tramway). The Ionian sea is remarkably warm, perfect for relaxed bathing. Taormina can be reached via highways (autostrade) from Messina from the north and Catania from the south. Best Places to Stay in Taormina
The present town of Taormina occupies the ancient site, on a lofty hill which forms the last projecting point of the mountain ridge that extends along the coast from Cape Pelorus to this point. The site of the old town is about 250 m above the sea, while a very steep and almost isolated rock, crowned by a Saracen castle, rises about 150 m higher.
Many exhibitions and events are organized during the summer in Taormina. The 'Teatro Greco', an ancient Greek outdoor theatre is the exceptional stage for pop and classical concerts, opera and important performances often recorded by television (for example, the ceremony of the Silver Ribbon Award, the Festivalbar, the Kore).
Since 1983, the most important performances are realized by Taormina Arte, the cultural institution which organizes one of the most famous music, theatre and dance festivals. Within the program of Taormina Arte, there is the well-known Taormina Film Festival, dating from 1960, which for about twenty years has hosted the David of Donatello Awards with the participation of the most famous Italian film stars. During the Taormina Film Festival the Silver Ribbons are now awarded, a prize created by Italian Film Journalists.