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Looking out at the Taormina coastline. Burg with views of the city. The Taormina has been a touristic goal since the 19. centuries.
You can reach the shores of the Ionian Seas, among them Isola Bella, by a cable car dating from 1992 and by motorways from Messina to the northern and Catania to the southern part. In Taormina, it goes back to the fifteenth centuary. Following the downfall of the Normans and their Germans (imperial) successors, the Hohenstaufen, Taormina followed the story of Sicily under the Angevines and then the Crown of Aragon.
Taormina was later under Hispanic rule and received the title of a "city" in the seventeenth cenury. The French, who had taken Messina, laid siege to her in 1675. Forces plundered the old part of the village and destroyed the upper part of the Middle Tower that separates Taormina from the old Greco-Roman part and the later Middle Ages south part.
During the Bourbon period of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, which continued until 1860, Taormina had no significant influence, but gained easy accessibility when part of the foothills of Catrabico was partly isolated and a coastal route was built linking it to Messina and Catania. There' s some rumor that Taormina is an early target.
Taormina's first important traveler was Johann Wolfgang Goethe, who raised him in the Italienische Reise, a recording of his 1786er Reise, which was released in 1816. Taormina became a favourite European destination from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries onwards: visitors included Oscar Wilde, Nicholas I of Russia, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Friedrich Nietzsche (who here used to write his Zarathustra), Richard Wagner and many others.
At the end of the nineteenth centuries, the town achieved further fame as the place where Wilhelm von Gloeden spent most of his career as a freelance filmmaker. Otto Geleng (1843-1939), a Flemish landscapist who had lived there since the eighteen sixties, was also honoured for Taormina's popularity. After marrying an Italien lady and settling in Taormina, he renovated a palace into the first fully-fledged museum to welcome these people.
The English arquitect C. R. Ashbee, one of the main protagonists of the Arts and Crafts movements, came to Taormina in 1907 on behalf of an old customer. At the beginning of the twentieth millennium, the twentieth centruy became a community of foreign painters, authors and intellect. Charles Webster Leadbeater, the philosophical writer, found that Taormina had the right magnetism for Jiddu Krishnamurti to nurture his talent, so the young Krishnamurti stayed in the capital part of 1912.
By then Taormina had become "a courteous byword for Sodom," as Harold Acton described it.
Halldór Laxness, the Nobel Prize winner for Literature in 1955, composed most of his first novel Vefarinn meikli frá Kasmír ("The Great Weaver from Kashmir") in Taormina, which he then commended in his biographical essay Skáldatími ("The Poet's Time", 1963). G7's 33rd G7 meeting took place in the city from 26 to 27 May 2017.
"It'?s Hellenic Theater." Taormina today is situated on a hillside that is the last prominent point of the crest that stretches along the coastline from Cape Pelorus to this point. While the old part of the city is situated about 250 meters above see level, a very precipitous and almost insulated cliff, topped by a Saracen fortress, is about 150 meters higher.
It is the probable site of the old Arx or Zitadelle, an unapproachable location referenced by old authors. Parts of the old wall can be seen at distances around the forehead of the mound, the entire top of which was taken over by the old town. There are many old building remains spread all over the area, among them large pools of freshwater, graves, mosaic stones, etc.
Taormina's ancient theater is largely constructed of bricks and therefore probably has a date in Rome, although the layout and layout correspond to those of the ancient Greeks and not to those of the Romans; it is therefore believed that the present building was reconstructed on the foundation of an ancient theater of the time.
109 meters in circumference (after an extension in the 2. century), this is the second biggest theater of its kind in Sicily (after that of Syracuse); it is often used for opera, theater and concert productions. Most of the old residences have gone, but the walls surrounding the entire cave have been retained, and the Proszenium with the back of the landscape and its appendices, of which only remains in most of the old theaters, have been conserved in an unusual state of intactness.
Further attractions are the Palazzo Corvaja from the tenth centuries, a baroque well from 1635, the church San Domenico, the Anglican church Sankt Georg and the city garden (Giardini del Villa Comunale). The Isola Bella, a natural park, lies southwards from Taormina, and further southwards, next to a cove, lies the famous bathing village Giardini Naxos.
Taormina lies on a rocky outcrop with views of the Ionian Sea. In addition to the old Greeks theater there are many old cathedrals, living pubs, good dining and antiques stores. Situated on a hillside above the city, it offers an amazing panoramic position with views of the coastline and Mount Etna to the southern side and can be reached on the Salita Castello staircase.
It is a 45 minutes car ride from Etna, the biggest activity vulcano in Europe. Part of The Big Blue (1988) was shot in Taormina, where the leading actors take part in the boundless Free Diving World Championships. UK writer Mark Knopfler conjures up the city in his Lights of Taormina on his 2015 Tracker record.
Taormina organises many expositions and activities during the year. Extraordinary venue for popular and classic concertos, operas and important TV shows (e.g. the Silver Ribbon Award Presentation, the Festival Bar, the Koreans) is the Antique Theater. Taormina Arte, the most important musical performance company, has been organising musical, drama and dancing festivities since 1983.
Taormina Arte's programme includes the Taormina Film Festival, the legacy of the 1960 Messina Cinema Festival and Taormina, which has been hosting the David of Donatello Awards for some twenty years. The silver ribbons, a price initiated by Italian film journalists, are presented during the Taormina Film Festival.
Taormina Arte has been organising the Giuseppe Sinopoli since 2005, in October, a festivity devoted to his deceased art leader. By the end of the 12th hundred.... Whereas in Puglia the Greeks were in the vast majority only on the southernmost part of the Salento Penninsula - and in abundance - at the moment of the invasion in Lucaina and Middle and Suedern Calabria they had an enormous predominance and comprised up to one third of the Sicilian inhabitants, who were mainly concentrating in the northeast of the isle, the Val Demone.
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