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Wedding in Taormina

As soon as you arrive in Taormina, you will feel the magical, mythical atmosphere spread all around which has enchanted visitors from all over the world for years and years. Nestled on a hill of the Monte Tauro, Taormina dominates two grand, sweeping bays below and on the southern side, the top of Mount Etna, the European highest active volcano, often capped with snow, offering to visitors a breathtaking, dramatic and memorable view over almost one hundred miles of the Mediterranean sea.

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Taormina really seems to be born as a holiday resort since past times, when ancient people like the Sicels, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Saracens, Arabs, Normans and Spaniards chose it as their residential site thanks to its favorable position, mild climate and magic atmosphere. Nowadays visitors can still find fine examples of Taormina's golden times : the splendid Greek Theatre, the Roman "Naumachiae", the 13th century Cathedral of Saint Nicolò, the 14th century Palazzo Corvaja, the 16th century Palace of the Dukes of Saint Stefano, the public gardens, the "Badia Vecchia" (Ancient Abbey) and many others. The resort was first publicized by the German novelist and poet J.W.Goethe. In 1787 Goethe discovered the beauties of Sicily and, in particular, of Taormina. He wrote the world known novel "Italian Journey", in which he describes the beauties of this land and its people and pronounced Taormina a "patch of paradise".

 

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Since then many important celebrities visited Taormina : Alexander Dumas, Anatole France, Andrè Gide, Paul Klee, Guy de Maupassant, Luigi Pirandello, John Steinbeck, Gustav Klimt, Oscar Wilde, Richard Wagner, and Johannes Brahms spent happy periods here. In more recent times movie, theatre and music celebrities such as Ingmar Bergmann, Francis Ford Coppola, Leonard Bergman, Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, Federico Fellini, Cary Grant, Tyrone Power, Gregory Peck, Marcello Mastroianni, Elisabeth Taylor, Woody Allen have spent pleasant and memorable holidays in this Mediterranean pearl. Since the opening of the first hotel in 1874, Taormina has become one of the world top holiday resort destinations where visitors can experience a perfect combination of old times charming atmosphere, preservation of history and culture, an elegant and lively way of life to be enjoyed in relaxing walks through the old town pedestrian areas. In Taormina there is a lot to do and see : top level art performances at the Greek theatre, several painting exhibitions held in local palaces and churches, fine elegant shopping along the famous "Corso Umberto" with its classical music cafès, gelati and pastry shops. Or visiting local art museums, taking naturalistic walks in the surounding countryside, golfing at the nearby golf resorts, enjoying the fantastic beaches at easy reach, where the mild Mediterranean climate allows to practice all water sports as swimming, scuba diving, sailing, windsurfing, or just sunbathing for nearly eight months a year and even more. For those looking for the world famous Sicilian cuisine, the town offers a wide choice of restaurants, trattorias, pizzerias, pastry-shops, bars, cafes, pubs and for any taste. A Wedding in Taormina would truly be a fantastic backdrop to a unique and fairytale wedding in Italy!