Spring Break Getaways: A Short Vacation in Taormina

This year's spring is not coming in the North of Italy. At the beginning of April we have rain, cloudy days, cold weather. So, just after the Easter holidays, I decided to make a short visit on the East Coast of the Sicily, with a day trip in the town of Taormina. Here, I took many photos using my Olympus 35 RC camera. At the end of the day, I found a great surprise in the sky. Read more!

During the Easter holidays, the cost of airline tickets is high, due to a large amount of requests. So this year, I decided to pass the Easter days in my city Como, taking a special offer on Monday Easter. I found a good four-star hotel in Catania and a flight from Milan in a very special offer. So, after I spend a day to visit Catania, I decided, on the second day, to made a short trip to Taormina.

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Taormina is a small town on the hill, a few kilometres from the Tyrrhenian Sea, with a beautiful historical centre and a very interesting Greek Theatre.

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I reached Taormina taking a bus from Catania, in a trip of approx. one hour along the local motorway that join Catania with Messina.

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Here you can find great hotels with beautiful views to the sea below, great place to stay to a short relaxation period, and also great during the summer season: the sea is wonderful, and the beaches can be reached by cable car!

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In the four photos above, you can see some amazing details of its historical centre.

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Walking along the pedestrian zone, you can see many local craft shops, art and antique shops

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Sicily is famous throughout the world for its citrus fruits, especially oranges, tangerines and lemons. Taste the unique flavour of the local red-blood orange — unique because it is cultivated in a lava terrain, for the local presence of a large active volcano, Mount Etna.

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After a break in the main square, I took the bus in the afternoon to return in Catania. During the return trip, I smell a sulfur presence in the air … In fact, while I was on the highway, I took some photos from the bus window: the volcano was erupting!

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Mount Etna was the greatest active volcano in Italy; it is called “The Good Giant” because its eruptions aren’t dangerous; there is a frequent activity (many times a year) with a continuous emission of lava that reduces the risk of violent explosions.

written by sirio174 on 2013-04-16 in #world #locations #eruption #locations #lava #escape-from-the-city #sea #italy #etna #volvano #spring-break-getaways #april #taormina #select-type-of-location #requested-post #sicily #lomography #spring

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