Taormina: Isola Bella
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. Isola Bella means 'beautiful island'.
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.
Opening Hours: Teatro Antico, Museo Archeologica, Isola Bella, Antiquarium Francavilla di Sicilia, Villa Caronia – but always check
Cactus on Isola Bella.
Bougainvillea on Isola Bella. The strange brown "nut" is probably a cocoon of some sort.
Isola Bella anno before 1907.
View from Isola Bella.