Taormina: Isola Bella

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. 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, Isola Bella, Sicily

Cactus on Isola Bella.



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



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

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fly in Isola Bella, Taormina

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




Isola Bella anno before 1907.


View from Isola Bella.


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