Castelmola

One of the most beautiful villages in Italy.

Castelmola

Castelmola (the village at the top left), Taormina below. The picture is taken from the archaeological park of Giardini-Naxos. It is a nice walk from Castelmola down to Taormina, but the other way is only for the fittest. A taxi costing approximately 15 euros is recommended.

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Bar San Giorgio, Castelmola

Bar San Giorgio, Castelmola.

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phalluses, Caffè Turrisi, Castelmola

One of the items in Caffè Turrisi's collection of phalluses.

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From the fallos collection at Caffè Turrisi, Castelmola.

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Castelmola, Taormina

The view from Caffè San Giorgio is spectacular.

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Breathtaking view from Castelmola

The view from Castelmola.

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Polizia Municipale, Castelmola - police car

Police car in Castelmola. No villains will get away here.

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Chiesa San Giorgio, Castelmola

Chiesa San Giorgio, Castelmola (d. 1450, according to the sign outside the church).

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Taormina - view from Caffè San Giorgio

The view from Caffè San Giorgio, Castelmola. Below you see Taormina. In the middle: the Greek Theatre. The big building to the left is Grand Hotel Miramare.

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Caffè Turrisi - collection of phalluses

Caffè Turrisi has a huge collection of phalluses.

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Caffè Turrisi, Castelmola

Caffè Turrisi, Castelmola. It was Salvatore Turrisi who opened the café after the war.

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Mount Etna, seen from Castelmola

The volcano Etna seen from Castelmola. With its present altitude of 3320 m. Etna looms impressively over the landscape and is visible in many parts of Sicily. You can take a guided day trip to the summit of Etna from Taormina.

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Piazza Chiesa Madre, Castelmola

Castelmola

Piazza Chiesa Madre.

Castelmola

Castelmola

Follow the sign to the ristorante/pizzeria Le Mimose.

 

 

Greek Theatre, Taormina

The Greek theatre in Taormina - here viewed from the path down from Castelmola - is the largest ancient theatre in Sicily after that of Syracuse. Below the mountain to the left is Hotel Timeo, the first hotel to be opened in Taormina, in 1864.

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A door in Castelmola (detail).

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The view from Caffè San Giorgio.

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The Saracen castle seen from the way down from Castelmola to Taormina.

 

 

The Saracens (Arabs) lost Taormina to the Normans led by Count Roger, also known as Roger I, in 1079. When the last towns (Butera and Noto) in Sicily was conquered, Robert I proved himself as a great state builder. He was not interested in the Crusades because he knew that he had to be on good terms with the Muslims. 80 percent of the population in Sicily were Muslims, so religious harmony was essential. But Roger I's concern for the Muslims was not simply a matter of policy, Gordon S. Brown argues, "but also one of respect. He found that he had assumed rule of a state with a rich and inventive culture and tradition, one that could, in the proper circumstances, flourish side by side with Latin and even Greek traditions to the mutual benefit of all."