Taormina: Isola Bella

Isola Bella means 'beautiful island'

Isola Bella, Taormina, Sicily

Isola Bella is also known as the Pearl of the Ionian Sea. The island is a nature reserve, administrated by the Italian branch of the World Wide Fund for Nature.

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

The gardener and pioneering conservationist Florence Trevelyan (1852–1907) bought Isola Bella in the 19th Century and built a house there. It was a private property until 1990. Now it is a protected natural site.

 

Cactus on Isola Bella.

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

 

(12) Bougainvillea on Isola Bella. The strange brown "nut" is probably a cocoon of some sort.

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

 

 

(17) Ant captured and eaten by a spider on a cactus. The photo was taken on the beautiful little island Isola Bella near Taormina.

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

More photos of insects in Sicily here!

 

fly in Isola Bella, Taormina

A Sicilian fly living on the little island Isola Bella near Taormina.

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

 

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Isola Bella anno before 1907.

 

View from Isola Bella.

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily